Add a blast of snow to your holiday pictures using these techniques in our tutorial, featuring the Noise filter and a hefty dose of motion blurring
If you’re looking back through your collection of winter photos and have noticed a considerble lack of snowfall, then it’s time to open up Photoshop.
Add a new layer above your image and fill this with black (Alt/Opt+Backspace will do this as long as your foreground swatch is black).
Go to Filter>Noise>Add Noise and change the Amount slider to 300%. Make sure Gaussian and Monochromatic are both ticked.
After applying a slathering of noise, set the layer’s blend mode to Screen. Now go to Filter>Blur>Motion Blur and in this menu set Angle to 34 and Distance to 25. These values are arbitrary, depending on image resolution and personal style.
The snow is too distracting at this stage. Open up the Levels adjustment (Image>Adjustments) and push in both the black and white points. The black point will likely need to be pushed further than the white. He’s what we did: