Create your own animated rain using Adobe Photoshop.



  1. Mirco 29 March, 2008 at 10:18 Reply

    yeah it’d really be nice of you if u could tell us again how to make the fill dialogue show up 🙂

    nice work

  2. blake 29 March, 2008 at 23:33 Reply

    very cool. i only have photoshop 7.0 though so there isn’t an animation window. just curious if anyone can help me out as to whether i need to pay for an upgrade or whatever.

  3. Lynn Cartwright 31 March, 2008 at 12:31 Reply

    These tutorials are wonderful… if only I could see them better?

    Eyes being as they are, mine have gotten worse over the years, so it would be great to be able to download videos to view on a 3rd party on Zoom Player where they can be wound backward to play over those parts that went too fast and enlarged for the visually impaired. Hope Cory will see this and take it into consideration for those of us who love watching but can’t quite make out some of what is going on in the video (such as tools, settings, or menus used).

    Love all the guys I’ve seen on PhotoshopTV, Matt, Cory, RC, Scott, & Dave with their many high end professional friends in the field. What they are doing to help everyone is nothing short of fantastic.

  4. Brian Richards 31 March, 2008 at 22:29 Reply

    The Fill Dialogue is behind Edit > Fill, or you can press Shift + F5

    As for animation in PS7, this specific animation technique can only be done with CS3. You should definitely make the upgrade, regardless of what you do with Photoshop. It is *well* worth the money!

  5. spepe 3 April, 2008 at 11:12 Reply

    Hi all!

    This is awesome! I can’t even find the correct words to describe it! Fantastic!
    Thanks for the tutorial!

    It was like if were sitting near you. You have answered nearly all of my questions jut when I thought about them. 😀

    By the way sorry for my English!


  6. Cathy T 7 April, 2008 at 06:18 Reply

    What is the best way to save the file so the animation works good when you post it on the web? The way I saved it the animation only works once in a while.

  7. NPM 7 April, 2008 at 16:20 Reply

    loop it forever or change the options to play as many times as you like. Great tutorial, there’s so many fun things you can do!

  8. Linda 21 April, 2008 at 09:37 Reply

    Do you have to have the premium version of CS3? I have the standard version of CS3 and the animation window isn’t like the one in the tutorial.

  9. lee 12 May, 2008 at 10:19 Reply

    nice tutorial , i did find the video a little small but its nicely narrated , when i save it as a gif though it looses its animation, anyone know what im doing wrong?

  10. Steph 27 May, 2008 at 09:50 Reply

    Great tutorial – very helpful and a good alternative to other rain options.

    I find that when I save the image the speed it plays at is much slower than in Photoshop – how can we adjust the timing?

    Thank you!

  11. Joseph Caruana 9 June, 2008 at 09:08 Reply

    Dear Corey,
    thanks for the great tutorials, especailly the ones like animating rain. Unfortunately since my CS3 is not the extended version I got mixed up when I came to make the aniamtion and failed miserably. Can you enlighten me please?


  12. Dan 18 June, 2008 at 06:10 Reply

    Hey how could you modify this so you can add the rain to an already transparent image? Otherwise you can see the dark boundary box of the layer style.

  13. DDJ 15 July, 2008 at 04:19 Reply

    This was a very well done tutorial. I took it several steps extra and added lightening effects and more realistic rain…check it out on my myspace!

  14. DDJ 18 July, 2008 at 17:29 Reply

    BTW…wrong info about saving. If you want to save as a .gif select “save for web & devices…”. In there it will not lose the animation plus you can do other custom options.

  15. Alan 19 July, 2008 at 09:38 Reply

    It works fine until the end.
    How do you put it onto a website..?
    I make signatures for people on games and forums, stuff like that but the rain doesn’t seem to be moving on them..?
    My friend said: File, Save for web, .GIF
    It doesn’t work…
    (not the .GIF file)
    I need the rain on that to be moving but it says on photobucket “Upload failed for AM-sig4.gif with error: Source file is over the file size limit of”

  16. Alan 19 July, 2008 at 12:27 Reply

    That doesn’t work for me..
    as i go into “save for web & devices…” and it’s on .GIF and stuff but as i put it on forums and things it’s not animated…

  17. Joakim 14 October, 2008 at 19:45 Reply

    Wow very nice picture! I wish I could make such a picture..
    But I’m from Sweden and I have photoshop in swedish so I can’t find all things that you’re using. :/

  18. Joakim 15 October, 2008 at 04:35 Reply

    Hi again 🙂 I’ve been spending long time to make a picture like this but I’m stuck at the animation line. which command do you press to make it like you did? please help me

  19. Joakim 25 October, 2008 at 10:06 Reply

    Sorry for posting so much.. but how do you save it so it will be a moving picture?

    I tried save it as a .gif file but it’s not animated :/

  20. kensei 12 November, 2008 at 11:29 Reply

    fantastic tutorial, i have followed a few tutorials on rain effects, but not animated rain, the end result was awsome, thank alot!!!!

  21. Yawar 19 January, 2009 at 11:23 Reply

    This is great, i just have 1 problem, you see im alright up to the animation part. I have photoshop cs4 on pc and i dont know how to get the timeline thing up anyone help me?

    n by the way people who don’t know where the fill dialogue is neither did i bit i found it in the edit menu.

  22. Qarn 16 March, 2009 at 07:15 Reply

    Hey I just wanted to ask if this could be possible to work on Photoshop CS2.

    The animation is totally different and of course.. I got lost and confused


    Great Video 🙂

  23. hefner 31 March, 2009 at 21:26 Reply

    good tutorial but somethings wrong…i do everything fine but when im close to the end my hard disc space goes smaller and smaller and i cant save because of not enough space.what am i doing wrong?please answer me

    • Corey Barker 1 April, 2009 at 12:54 Reply

      Check your file size first. You may be building the animation on a larger than necessary file. Check you hard disk space. Photoshop uses
      your hard disk for scratch space and virtual memory. This can have an effect as well.

  24. Nixer 4 April, 2009 at 18:55 Reply

    Hi !
    I absolutely love this tutorial, but when I need to rotate the rain and turn it to a smart object, the animation won’t repeat, right ?
    Is there a possibility to change it that it would somehow ?
    Please, help.

  25. darrahnicole 17 April, 2009 at 20:26 Reply

    corey barker- i want to know how to do a similar thing as well.. but with glitter.. would it be the same way? i am familiar with image ready and used to things with glitter fills but not sure how i would do them with cs3 seeing as there is no image ready. thanks if u can see my email id appreciate it if you’d email me there thanks!

  26. fuji 8 September, 2009 at 09:14 Reply

    everything goes as smoothly as it’s suposed to be up until when im suposed to hold SHIFT+ClicknDrag the rain to make it move, when i drag it, it all becomes messed up with some parts faster then others and all rectangular when i play it.. dunnoe whats messed up, havent tried on my other computer tho.

  27. Anoynimous 12 May, 2010 at 12:37 Reply

    hey wat is this?! i am in 7th grade and this is so _______ confusing! i cant do this can u do somthing not so _______ confusing and stop talk so fast! ty

  28. Anyuichi 27 June, 2010 at 19:56 Reply

    YOU CAN ANIMATE LIKE THAT ON PHOTOSHOP?!?! I NEVER KNEW THAT!……. wait I have a different photoshop thingy D: darn oh well….

  29. emily 16 August, 2010 at 05:13 Reply

    hi i’m working on an animation on final cut express
    i was wondering if i could apply this to a few photos, then import them into final cut

  30. Helen 6 September, 2010 at 08:20 Reply

    i was doing great following it beautifuly but then i got stuck at the part where you turn the rain picture around i managed to turn it around but couldnt go any further as i dont know how to click it back off so it doest keep turning or let me do anything else is there a key i have to press to deactivate the moving the frame around.

  31. helen 6 September, 2010 at 11:04 Reply

    i was doing great following it beautifuly but then i got stuck at the part where you turn the rain picture around i managed to turn it around but couldnt go any further as i dont know how to click it back off so it doest keep turning or let me do anything else is there a key i have to press to deactivate the moving the frame around.

    in the snow animation i do everything correct, i save the file i then click the file on and great it works moving snow, but then it stops working after few seconds???? corey could you please help with my above question to thanks.

  32. Jenny 24 October, 2010 at 18:28 Reply

    Great and very useful tutorial.Thank you so much!You’re awesome!
    (Helen if you mean the part that you turn around the picture manually,first press CTRL and T and afterwards hold SHIFT while you’re turning it,so as to maintain the exact image.Then just click the tick box on your up right side to apply the result.)

  33. Melissa 13 January, 2011 at 20:26 Reply

    Thanks for taking the time to show us that, it was a lot of fun. When I got to the part about running the rain in an endless loop, I definatly missed something there. Well that and my rain sure came out much thicker. I’ve learned to just take it frame by frame moving the animation with a 0.2 delay & making sure it has like 6 frames to repeat. Not perfect by any means, but for personal forum signatures it works ok for now while I learn it all 🙂 btw using CS5, not sure if that made a difference or not ^^

  34. Merodia 16 March, 2011 at 08:56 Reply

    First, it’s a good tutorial. I already at the end of it, and when I saved it as a .gif, it won’t animated. Can you help me? Thanks a lot

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