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How to Add Snow Effect to Videos or Photos As If It's Snowing Now

Liza Brown
Liza Brown
Originally published Nov 08, 21, updated Feb 29, 24
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Sometimes the weather conditions are not the ones you hope for, and you have to add a slight twitch to your videos to capture the best scenes. Adding snow effect can give a different mood to your professional or home videos, and in this guide, we'll show you how.

Part 1: How to Make It Look Like It's Snowing in a Video?

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Scene detection

noise removal

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With Wondershare Filmora, you can easily add the snow effect into your videos by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Open Wondershare Filmora.

Step 2: Upload the video you want to add the effect on.

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Step 3: On the bar above the video, click on "Filter".

Step 4: Then, press "Snow Effect" and adjust the effect with the video. Play and the snow effect should appear in your video.

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Step 5: To adjust the snow effect in your video, simply right-click on the video bar and open edit. From there, you can change the speed and the distance of the effect.

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Step 6: Press "File", then save and export to share your video.

Part 2: Level Up Your Videos with Snow Effect Video Packs

You can get your videos on the next level by adding packs to your arsenal. You can also get all of these packs with Filmora.

1. Winter Wonderland Pack

The Ski Pack is filled with wintery additions. Like Storms, fresh tracks, powder hunting, snow overlays, and new skies. We can see people in a mountain attraction, sliding down a mountain covered in snow.

Create your own skiing video with this wonderful ski pack from Filmstock.

3. Christmas Snowball Pack

The Christmas Snowball Pack brings you beautiful Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, snowballs, and Christmas gifts. It brings a calm a warming comfort to your videos.

Get your Christmas snowball pack to level up your own video.

4. Winter Stickers Pack

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In the Winter Stickers Pack, there's plenty of wintery stickers to add to your videos. Sweaters, scarves, gloves, hats, and jackets, you can find all of that in this great pack.

5. Pop Up Holiday Set

In the Pop Up Holiday Set, you can choose from a variety of Christmasy features to add color to your videos. With plenty of effects like textured snow and falling ratings.

Part 3: How to Add a Snow Effect to a Photo?

In this guide, we'll go through how to add snow to a photo using Photoshop.

Step 1: Open Photoshop and add the photo that you want to edit.

Step 2: On the background panel, you have a layers option. Click on it.

Step 3: Start by adding a new background above it.

Step 4: Click on the new layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Step 5: A new layer will appear in the background of the first layer.

Step 6: Click on the name of the new layer and type "snow", then press "Enter".

Step 7: Go to "Edit" on the menu bar at the top of your screen and choose "Fill".

Step 8: On the "Fill" box, change the contents to black. Then press OK.

Step 9: Photoshop will present a black background now. For up to "Filter" and choose "Add Noise". This will open the "Add Noise" box.

Step 10: Set the amount to 25%. Choose Gaussian and Monochromatic and press "OK".

Step 11: At the moment, the background is still black, but you will fill it with more noise and will gradually fill it. Go up to edit and choose transform and then scale.

Step 12: Click on "Width" on the options bar, then change it to 400%. This will set the height to 400% as well. Click the checkmark on the options bar to accept the changes.

Step 13: Go back to the Layers panel and change the blend mode from normal to screen.

Step 14: To add blur, go up to the filters menu, choose blur, and then motion blur. Then, set the angle to where you want the snow to be falling. The distance menu controls how much motion is applied in the effect. Then, press "OK".

Step 15: Then, reduce the amount of snow and break it at the same time. Go back to the Layers panel and click the new fill adjustment layer icon. Choose levels from the list and a levels adjustment layer will appear. Click on the menu icon on your right side of the screen and choose the clipping mask from the menu. This will clip the layers and everything we will do with the adjustment will affect only the snow layer below it.

Step 16: To control the adjustment level is on the property panel. On the left side, there is a bottom that allows you to adjust the snow. Drag it for the snow to become sparser and realistic.

Step 17: Click on the white slider and drag it towards the left to brighten up the photo and the snow.

Step 18: You can now create more snow by adding a second layer of snow with bigger snowflakes. Back in the layers’ panel, make sure you have the levels adjustment layer selected, and then hold the shift key on your keyboard and select the snow layer. This will select both layers at once.

Step 19: Click and drag both layers down onto the new layers’ icon and release your mouse button, and Photoshop will add a copy of both layers above the originals. Click on the snow copy layer to select it and go up to the edit menu, click transform, and rotate 180 degrees. This will double the amount of snow before.

Step 20: To make the snow bigger go up to the filter menu. Choose Pixelated and then crystallizer. This will add more texture. Add a number between 10 and 20, depending on the size of your picture.

Step 21: To add motion to the larger flakes, go up again to the filter menu, choose blur and once again click on motion blur. Choose a large distance value between 16 and 20 pixels.

Step 22: To fine-tune the appearance of the largest snowflakes. Go to the layer panel and drag the black and white slider to make any adjustments you need.


In a few easy steps, you can add a Christmassy mood to any video or photo. You can add snow effect to pretty much any background and make it look real. Filmora is a powerful application that can modify and edit any video. Besides the snow effect, you have plenty of more options to decorate your videos the way you want them.

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