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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


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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