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Quick and easy way to add snowflakes to your design

Start with black document, 3-4 times bigger than desired final size. Fill with background color you need (blue for example).

Create new layer, fill with grey color (#808080).

Go to Filters menu - Pixelate - Pointilize. Set size you want, keeping in mind that image will be scaled down (you can experiment, for me 16-20 px was OK).

Desaturate (Ctrl-Shift-U), then set Auto Levels (Ctrl-Shift-L).

Now we need to replace black with transparent. Use the following sequence: - select all (Ctrl-A) - copy (Ctrl-C) - turn on quick mask (Q) - paste (Ctrl-V) - turn off quick mask (Q) - invert selection (Ctrl-Shift-I) - delete (Del). You should get something like shown here.

Now make the following: - right-click on layer thumbnail image (in Layers palette). Menu will open; choose Select Pixels. - invert selection (Ctrl-Shift-I) - delete (Del).

Repeat previous step 2 or 3 times, until the image starts to look like falling snow indeed.

Finally, scale down the file to 50-30% of its size. You can also set layer Blend mode to Screen, to avoid darker snowflakes. That's all!

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Comments 36

Serkan Gürkan · 25 November 2008
nice work thank you..

ghostray · 4 December 2008
nice tut.easy and useful!

sriganesh-india · 5 December 2008
good and very easy steps to understand for beginners!!- great work

Sami · 14 December 2008
Nice, so easy and so useful. I'd love to come up with stuff like this, but unfortunately I'm not that PS crack. :(

Emre Kotak · 24 December 2008
Thank you for Turkish...

Vlad Gerasimov · 25 December 2008
Ромашкин - упс! исправил шорткат.

Киндер · 5 January 2009
Спасибо большое! )

atakan ucar · 25 February 2009
This is great! Is it not possible to have more turkish content?

Tural · 6 March 2009
Yeri var. (Fine)

Jolan · 17 March 2009
Nice~ thanks~~

Scott · 27 March 2009
I agree, and your wallpapers are fantastic. Thanks for the tip.

hata · 8 August 2009
so good

Red · 4 October 2009
Its Nice

Talli · 10 November 2009
where is the wallpaper?

ushka · 18 December 2009
СУПЕР!!! Быстро и реалистично!!))))

kayipfikir · 12 February 2010
güzel iş tebrikler...

· 15 February 2010
its good

· 6 July 2011
very goooooooooooooooooooooooooood

Jahangir · 27 November 2008
so good, so usefull

Fominov · 27 November 2008
Не плохо. Спасибо

Artgecko · 11 December 2008
You Rock! Thanks for telling us your secrets.

Jacek · 14 December 2008
Thanks for tricks

Ricky Christie · 23 December 2008
Nice technique... looking forward in learning more from you! I think you deserve the nickname 'wallpaper rockstar'!

Ромашкин · 25 December 2008
"turn on quick mask (Ctrl-Q) " Ctrl-Q - this is Exit. Но я всё равно разобрался, Большое спасибо!

Elenka_ZP · 20 January 2009
О! Перевод появился! Надо остальные попереводить =)

청수공장 BWFactory · 4 March 2009
very easy. Thanks.

Elizabeth · 7 March 2009
Thank you As we have not heard from you for a while, hope you are okay.

Blue · 22 March 2009
Thanks...

EDDYRACERDUDE · 26 April 2009
OK FINE

Rodry · 19 September 2009
Thank you!

green · 4 October 2009
very good

Miss.Kissinka · 8 December 2009
HEské :)

Euge · 21 January 2010
Muchas gracias por compartir tu conocimiento

Egemen Özbeyli · 7 February 2010
Türkçe ders için teşekkürler. Devamını bekliyoruz.

super-nora · 13 June 2010
rien na dire

Romana · 22 August 2012
creative, playful, connecting disconnected humanity... R Thank you

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