How do I Create Rain Drops on a Window Pane Using Photoshop?

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How do I Create Rain Drops on a Window Pane Using Photoshop?
Create a rainy window in Photoshop without a drop of real rain. (Rainy Days A Window View image by Just_Han from Fotolia.com)

Taking a photograph through a rainy window and retaining the colours and feel of the image can be difficult. Making it rain is even more difficult. But if you want a rainy day window effect in your photographs, all you need is Photoshop and a little understanding of how its tools and layer options work. By using the lasso tool and blur filters, you can make your simulated rainy window appear as rainy as you desire.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Photoshop 7 or higher

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Load the photo to which you wish to add the rainy windowpane effect by selecting the File option from the top of the workspace and choosing "Open." Locate the photo and click "OK."

  2. 2

    Unlock the background layer on which your photo appears by navigating to the Layers menu at the top of the screen and choosing New > Layer from Background.

  3. 3

    Apply a Gaussian Blur to this layer by selecting the Filter menu at the top of the workspace and selecting Blur > Gaussian blur. Set the radius to 2.1. in the dialogue box that appears and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Highlight the clouds layer in the Layers palette. Right-click this layer and choose "Blending Options" from the menu that appears. Set the layer's blend mode to "Multiply" and click "OK."

  5. 5

    Create a new layer by navigating to the Layers option on the top toolbar and choosing New > Layer.

  6. 6

    Set your foreground colour to a hex value of #cafbf9 by clicking on the foreground colour and entering the number into the field indicated with the # sign. Set the background colour to white.

  7. 7

    Highlight the new layer and navigate to the Filter menu at the top of the workspace. Choose Render > Clouds from the drop down menu.

  8. 8

    Choose the Lasso tool from the toolbar on the left-hand side of your workspace. You can also select this tool by pressing the L key on your keyboard.

  9. 9

    Draw out several raindrop-shaped selections. To draw more than one while keeping all selected, hold down your shift key as you draw.

  10. 10

    Select the gradient tool from the toolbox. With the gradient tool selected, drag the tool diagonally across your workspace to create a gradient within your selections.

  11. 11

    Right-click the layer containing the raindrops you've just created and choose "Blending Options" from the menu that appears.

  12. 12

    Click the "Bevel and Emboss" option on the left-hand side of the "Blending Options" screen and set the style to "Emboss." Dial the depth down to 72% and set the soften to 4 px. Set the gloss contour to "Gaussian" from the pull down menu underneath the "Shading" heading.

  13. 13

    Select the "Satin" option on the left-hand side of the "Blending Options" screen and set the distance to 11 px and the size to 14 px. Choose the "Gaussian" contour from the gloss option pull down menu.

  14. 14

    Click the "Color Overlay" option inside the "Blending Options" screen and click the colour indicator next to the blend mode option. Enter a hex value of #bef2ff in the colour indicator and click OK. Set the opacity to 24% and click OK to exit the "Blending Options" dialogue box.

  15. 15

    Choose the File menu from the top of the workspace and select "Save As." Enter a name that's appropriate for your rainy day window and click "Save."

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