Tis’ the season to be creating festive messages for your followers, subscribers, and clients, and what better way than with a bit of Photoshop magic. We’ve put together a list of our top Snow images, ideal for your Christmas greetings, along with a step-by-step guide to adding Titles and Snow Overlays in Adobe Photoshop.
Part 1: Top 18 Snow Background Images for Your Holiday Projects
1. Snow Waves Texture
The Snow Waves Texture background is a beautiful shimmering composition featuring gentle waves of fresh snow. The blue/white tone makes this image ideal for a wintery scene for text and graphic elements without distracting.
2. Blue Winter Bokeh Lights
This composition offers a range of winter blue-colored bokeh lights with a subtle gradient. The glinting particles are ideal for backgrounds but could also be a fantastic overlay by playing with the Blend Modes and Opacity.
3. Christmas Ball in Snow
This composition is ideal for creating seasonal greeting cards of your own. Featuring a single golden Christmas tree bauble on a bed of white feathery snow, the grey/white bokeh background is the perfect place for your message.
4. Light and Shadow in Snow
The Light and Shadow in Snow photo is a fantastic composition featuring pockets of snow hit by the sun. The high contrast light and shadow offer a chilly, icy feeling to the image, ideal for the winter season.
5. Card with Small Snowman
This gorgeous photo is the perfect image for your seasonal greetings. Featuring a plush snowman sitting atop a pile of snow, with a soft blue snowflake blizzard background ideal for your messaging.
6. Christmas Balls on Snow
The Christmas Balls on Snow features two ice-blue matte decorations sitting on a blanket of feathery snow. The background has tinsel feel with iridescent blues and greens shimmering through the subtle falling snow.
7. Snowflakes Silhouettes on Snow
The Snowflake Silhouettes on Snow image is a simple but stylish composition that could be used across a wide range of video and design projects. An icy blue background has been sprinkled with soft snow, leaving behind large snowflake impressions.
8. Dune of Snow
This stunning image features a massive dune of fresh snow, bright sunny blue skies, and white fluffy clouds. The idyllic scene is ideal for seasonal messages as well as photo slideshows and header images.
9. Blue Gift Box in Snow
This bird’s eye view shot of a beautifully wrapped gift sitting in snow is designed with plenty of negative space for your messaging. The Christmassy red bow perfectly offsets the cold blue of the wrapping paper.
10. Winter Background With Snowflakes
The Winter Background image is a blizzard of blue and white particles, ideal for backgrounds, textures, and overlays. The fantastic feathery particles create a blue vignette with plenty of options for messaging.
11. Blue Christmas Surface
Another fantastic image designed for your seasonal messages, the Blue Christmas Surface picture, is a clean and minimalist design. To the left of the shot is a swirl of blue, silver, and white Christmas Baubles to add a festive touch.
12. Red Heart Lies on White Snow
The Red Heart Lies on White Snow picture is a striking and bold image ideal for title cards and simple messaging. The bright red glossy heart element sits on a bed of white snow, creating a stark contrast in colors.
13. Texture of a Piece of Ice on the Snow
The Texture of a Piece of Ice on the Snow image is everything the title suggests. The piles of snowy ice look crisp and cool as they slowly melt in the sun, the perfect reminder that Spring is on the way.
14. Trees Covered with Snow
The Trees Covered with Snow image is a striking winter composition with incredible color contrast. Featuring trees leaning under a snowy blanket with a bright blue sky, this image is sure to grab your viewer’s attention.
15. Winter Background
The Winter Background image is a fantastic option for your seasonal greetings but is also an incredible wintery shot for presentations, promotions, and vlogs. The simple foreground shows a snowy pine branch, with a vast depth of focus leading to a wintery lodge in the background.
16. Winter Snow Background
The Winter Snow Background is the perfect blanket of snow image, with soft indentations and consistent light. Ideal for backgrounds, textures, and overlays, this composition is sure to get your viewers wishing for snow.
17. Gingerman Snow Angel
Featuring a happy gingerbread man surrounded by a scattering of snow, this cheeky image is ideal for cute and fun branded messages. The dark, grungy background offers room for messaging without distracting from the adorable biscuit man.
18. Snowfall on Black Background
The Snowfall on the Black Background image is a must-have for any photoshop editing wanting to add snow to a shot. Use a choice of Blend Modes to create unique snowy effects over your messaging.
Part 2: Create Christmas Cards with Snow Background Images in Photoshop
Creating a Christmas Card in Photoshop can be as straightforward or as complicated as you want to make it. Here, we’ll be showing you a couple of crucial Photoshop skills that you can use to create a range of compositions. We’re going to use the stunning Snow on Trees photo with the Snowfall on Back overlay.
- Open Photoshop and add your background image by dragging it to the canvas.
- Grab the corner of the image, then drag outwards to resize the image.
- Drag the image around the canvas to position it, then when you are done hit Return.
- If you want to resize the image again, hit Cmd+T on your keyboard.
- Click on the Title tool in the Tool panel. Click and drag a box over the image area you want to add your messaging.
- Type your message into the box, and use the Character panel to adjust your font, size, weight, and color.
- Drag the title around the screen until you are happy with the position.
- Double click the Title in the Layers panel to open the Effect menu. Look through the effects to see which you want to use – we’re using an Outer Glow effect.
- Once you’re happy with how your title looks, click OK to close the box.
- Drag your overlay image to the canvas and resize as needed.
- Select the Overlay in the Layers panel and go to Layer > Layer Style > Blend Options – the same effects box will open.
- In the Blend Mode options, select Screen from the drop-down list. You can use other blend modes, play around with each to see what works best for your image.
Creating stunning Christmas cards can be a lot of fun with so many assets available to download. Whether you’re sending seasonal wishes to your family, friends, or online audience, you can’t go wrong with a bespoke card you’ve created yourself. Now you know how to produce awesome snow images in Photoshop quickly, we look forward to receiving your festive greetings.