Magical Snowfall

First select an image of your choosing. In our case, it’s a basic water crystal with a Christmas tree inside.

Create a “snowflake” shape using the custom shape tool.

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Press the Ctrl key and click the layer thumbnail to get the selection. From the edit menu,  select define brush. Name it “snow_flake” just to make it easy to remember.

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Select the brush tool. Press F5 to open brush settings. Select the brush and apply settings as shown below.

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Create a new layer and apply the brush all over the image where suitable.  This is our handy work below.

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Create a selection of the dome using the lasso tool. Click add vector mask button from the bottom of the layer palette. Change the layer mode to “Overlay”.

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Open the animation window. For the first frame without moving anything just unlink the content and mask the thumbnail in the snow layer using the layer palette.

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Duplicate frame. Move the snow downwards.

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Click the tween button from the animation window. Apply settings as shown.

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You should have a nice set of frames for the animation done up by now.  See below for an example.

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Press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S to save an optimized animated GIF of your work. Anyway, here is the final result.

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