holiday poster

If someone could point me to a tutorial for getting the "grainy" or "snow dusted"-like effect, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks!

  • You could create the falling snow by making a round shape, dragging it to the Brushes panel, selecting Scatter brush and playing with the settings and brushing away.
    – Joonas
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 12:02
  • This question should be helpful: How to get speckled shading in Photoshop?
    – JohnB
    Commented Oct 7, 2014 at 19:33

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Let's say you have a layer. This layer has two fills. Your primary fill is blue. Your secondary fill is a gradient, with the angle somewhere between 85 and 60 degrees, from white (or black) 100% to white(or black) 100%.

Your secondary fill sits on top of the primary.

Apply film grain (or grain, depends on how you'd like your final graphic to look like) on the secondary fill.

For the secondary fill, use a blending mode that best suits your purpose. I'm sorry I can't give you specifics, I don't have Illustrator at hand.

But I can tell you that what you've shown is most def. a grain, applied on a gradient filled layer. That's why the snow thingy appears to be fading.

What I've said(about a layer having two fills) can also be achieved with two separate layers, of course. The snow thingy layer can be an irregular shape, just draw it with the blob tool or with the pen.

Best of luck, friend!

Edit Just realised you need colored grain. Started the pc. Did this real quick. I'm attaching the ai file.

PS: check this tutorial out

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awesome drawing skills


Start with this:

Black-and-white starting point

Create a new layer in 50% gray, then use Add Noise (about 3%, Gaussian) to make your flat gray layer grainy. Set it to Linear Light blend mode.

Use the eraser / mask out the parts of the layer you don't want grain on, like the hill and sky:

Black-and-white with grain selectively added

Now add a gradient map from teal at 0%, to beige at 60%, to white at 100%.

Gradient-mapped with grain underneath it

Optional: Save for Web as PNG with Noise dithering and only about 10 colours:

Final colour-reduced result

  • n.b. These instructions are for Photoshop. Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 11:26

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