One Simple Way To Add Depth To Rainfall (Or Snowfall) In Digital Art/ Digitally-Edited Art

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Well, for today, I thought that I’d quickly explain one of the many image editing techniques that I use on a regular basis.

For this technique, you’ll need a simple image editing program that is capable of adding lines (of varying thickness) and/or dots (of varying thickness) to an image. I’ll be using an old version MS Paint, but any other simple programs will do for this technique.

One common problem when digitally adding rain or snow to images is that the rain or snow can look a bit “flat”. It can look like a single “sheet” of rain or snow is falling over the image. This usually happens if you just add random white/grey lines or dots to the image without thinking about things like distance and perspective.

However, if you follow a couple of simple rules, then the rainfall in your digitally-edited artwork will look a lot more voluminous and realistic. Firstly, here’s an example image of a city which I’ll be adding rainfall to in this tutorial (to add snowfall, just do the same thing, but use dots instead of lines).

This is the example image (taken from one of my older paintings) that I'll be adding rain to.

This is the example image (taken from one of my older paintings) that I’ll be adding rain to.

First of all, identify the deep background. This is the sky above the outdoor areas in your picture and/or any distant buildings. Here’s another version of the example image, with the deep background highlighted in green:

The deep background.

The deep background.

Now, find the line tool in your image program. Choose the thinnest possible line width (and change the line colour to either white or pale grey) and add thin vertical lines of varying lengths to the deep background, like this:

This is the first step in adding more realistic rain.

This is the first step in adding more realistic rain.

Once you’ve done this, find the mid-background. These are the parts of the background that are between the deep background and the foreground. Here’s another highlighted version of the example picture, with the mid-background in green.

The mid-background.

The mid-background.

Now, select the second-thinnest line width in your editing program and add these slightly thicker lines to both the mid-background and the deep background, like this:

As you can see, the thicker lines are used on both the mid-background and the deep background.

As you can see, the thicker lines are used on both the mid-background and the deep background.

Finally, look for any non-covered areas (eg: anything or anyone that isn’t directly underneath the roof in the foreground of the example image) in the close background and/or foreground and then add even thicker lines to these areas, and to both the mid and deep background areas, like this:

Voila! The rainfall has much more depth! Sorry if the mid-background lines look different to the previous example, I accidentally overwrote a saved file and had to make the previous example again.

Voila! The rainfall has much more depth! Sorry if the mid-background lines look different to the previous example, I accidentally overwrote a saved file and had to make the previous example again.

….And that’s how to add more depth to the rain in your digital art/ digitally-edited art.

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Anyway, I hope that this was useful 🙂

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