A few years back I created a Rain Tutorial: Ronin but I wasn’t convinced with the final result and wanted to create a better-looking effect. After some research and using: noise, motion blur, custom brushes and blending modes we can create a realistic rain effect and the final result is surprisingly easy to achieve.

Stock photo: Wet.

http://www.sxc.hu/photo/900177

 

Brushes

Rain Splashes:

http://photoshop-brushes.blogspot.com/2007/09/water-splash-brushes.html

 

Rain:

By: http://amorphisss.deviantart.com/

http://www.deviantart.com/download/159876877/Rain_Brushes_by_amorphisss.abr

 

Step 1 Selecting the correct image

It is very important to select an adequate image for your work. If the image is convincing, the final result will be too.

Step 2 Splashes

The rain needs to react with the subject, especially in a close-up, like this one.

  • Download and install the splash brushes.
  • Use the new brush set, select white color and paint some splashes. Each splash placed in a different layer so you can easily control the size and the rotation.
  • The brush numbers used in this tutorial: 127, 293, 130
  • Use brushes so the splashes appear logical to the subject.

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Step 3 first rain shower

  • Create a New Layer
  •  Select a rain brush and start painting some raindrops with a white color
  • Apply some Gaussian blur

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  • Create a new layer
  • Paint another rain shower.

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Step 4 Heavy rain shower

  • Create a new layer and paint it with black
  • Add Noise: Filter > Noise > Add Noise

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  • Apply motion Blur: Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the angle so it matches the first rain shower

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  • Set the blending mode to color dodge
  • Duplicate the heavy rain layer and set the blending mode to color dodge at 37%

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

Step 5 Create a Vignette

  • Create a new layer
  • Paint it with white color
  • Create an oval, invert it and paint it with black
  • Apply Gaussian blur

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  • Set the blending mode to multiply at 67%

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