Rain effect for Photographs in Adobe Photoshop


As you all may know, rain portraits are a classic of photography. But how can you manage to get a good rainy shot without spoiling your camera in the process? (by this I refer to most cameras nowadays, which unless they are high-end models, they are not weather-sealed). Or even if you were able to get a cool rainy picture, you want to enhance the effect of the rain. Follow up this guide on how to create a Rain effect for Photographs in Adobe Photoshop

Lightroom Procedure

First of all, I want to post produce my image inside Lightroom. This photo has already applied to it a B&W filter, but in this case, I don’t want to work with this tint but rather a Sepia tone.


Open your image in Lightroom and switch to the Develop module. Start by adjusting the White Balance values; since I don’t have a neutral grey area because all the image is B&W tinted, I’ll go with the sliders to compensate the value. Adjust for both Temp and Tint.

Next, move the Exposure slider and reduce it a little bit. Increase the Contrast value of the image to get the most of our image, and finally, move to the other sliders. The values I managed for my result are the followings:

  • Highlights: -12
  • Shadows: +2
  • Whites: -36
  • Blacks: -14

Move to the final stage of sliders on the basic panel and change the Presence values with the following values:

  • Clarity: +48
  • Vibrance: +14

I won’t work with the Saturation slider since I want this image to remain with soft tones. The overall result is the following


Let’s do a Before/After shot to compare the result


As you can see, with only this little adjustments, the image tint changed radically. But for my effect, I need to add Split Toning to the image in order to enhance the Sepia Tint.

Work with the following values for Split Toning


  • Hue: 35
  • Saturation 15



  • Hue: 31
  • Shadows: 40


And here is another Before/After shot of the overall result with the original image.


Now I am pretty satisfied with this procedure. I will add a bit of Vignetting effect just for getting a better feeling.


Photoshop Procedure

Open the image inside Adobe Photoshop.

Duplicate the background layer and go to the Canvas Size options. In here change the mode to Relative and the size to 100×100 pixels. Select the color as it shows in the image below.



Next, create a new layer and fill it with black.


Apply an Add Noise filter with 80% in Amount, Uniform distribution, and Monochromatic.


On that very same layer, add a Gaussian Blur filter with a radius of 0,2 pixels.


Then add a new Levels Adjustment layer without touching its parameters.


Move back to Layer 1 and add a Motion Blur filter with an angle of 60 degrees and a distance of 50 pixels.


Go back to the Levels adjustment layer and apply this parameter


Change the layer blending mode to Screen


Crop the image and rename Layer 1 to “rain effect” to easily turn on/off whenever you want.

Finally, since the girl is looking at the very same direction the rain is coming, I need to mirror the rain effect in order to make it look realistic. Select the effect layer and hit CTRL+T. Right-click on it and select Flip Horizontal.

And here is our final result.

rain final

A word of advice: Since this effect is quite common to use, a good thing is to create an Action from it to use later on in other images without losing too much time.

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