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How to Simulate Rain in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Learn how to simulate rain in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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Simulating different environments is a great way to create different moods within your edit. It’s usually better to try to capture the environment in real life, as it will provide the most realistic looking scene. However, sometimes that isn’t possible. This is where knowing how to do it in post can help a lot. With a little bit of creativity, you can create just about any scenario that you want. Today, we go over how to simulate rain in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Simulate Rain in Adobe Premiere Pro CC (2018)

Part 1: Rain Overlay

  1. Note: This will not work for 100% of shots. For example, if the sun is in the shot, it will be pretty hard to convince the audience it’s raining!
  2. Create a new sequence and drag your shot into the sequence. (Or navigate to the shot in your timeline)
  3. First we need to get an overlay. I went ahead and downloaded this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bRlpATseRc (Make sure you have proper permissions before using this in a professional or commercial production!). Search “Rain Overlay” on YouTube to find some more examples to use.
  4. Take this overlay and drag it above your footage on the timeline.
  5. Click on the overlay, go up to effect controls and then down to the Blend Mode effect under Opacity. Change this to Screen.
  6.  Lower the opacity down some to blend it in.
  7. Go to effects and find the Tint effect. Drag it on to the overlay.
  8. Go to the Map to White command in effect controls, change that to a little bit of a blue color.

Part 2: Color Correction

  1. Go to the color workspace, or drag on the Lumetri Colo” effect on to the clip.
  2. Go in to the lumetri color panel, and go to basic correction. Bring up the contrast value.
  3. Bring up the highlights up as well.
  4. Go to the creative tab. Go to the shadow tint, and bring it down to the right to a little bit blue. Now take the highlight tint and bring up the color that the main light source is. In my situation, it’s the yellow car lights, so I go with a more yellow tint.
  5. Now go to the curves. go to the white curve, about center-top way through the line, and drag it up a bit. This will pop the highlights more.

Part 3: Create an Atmospheric Layer

  1. Go to the rectangle tool, and drag it out so it takes up most of the scene. Make sure it’s a gray tint color.
  2. Go to effect controls. Find the shape, and then click on the rectangle beneath it to create a mask.
  3. Make the mask fill up the top 20% of the clip.
  4. Now go to the feather of the new mask layer and increase it. Also decrease the opacity. This will create a bit of a background fog layer.
  5. Click on the mask in effect controls, and click ctrl+c, then ctrl+v to copy and paste it.
  6. Now, grab the new layer and move it down some. Take the opacity and lower it as well. This will create a transition from the fog to no fog at the bottom of the clip.

With all of that, you have transformed your clip into looking like it’s raining. This is a tough process, and will require some fine tuning, but can be great to use in a pinch. This effect works better the less time it’s on screen. For example, if you show this clip for 3 seconds or less, no one will know the difference. The longer you let it stay on the screen though, the more people will be able to figure out it’s a fake!

If you have any questions or comments, let me know below, or on the video itself.

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