Digital Bits Tutorial: Creating Glitter with Photoshop

Creating Glitter with Photoshop

As seen on page 124 of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine’s Spring 2013 issue, available March 1st, 2013!

Welcome to digital bits! Here I will outline some simple ways to add digital elements to your projects using Adobe Photoshop. Enjoy!

CREATING GLITTER WITH PHOTOSHOP:

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1. Create a new document: 2″ square in size, 300ppi, RGB colour format.


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2. Set your foreground colour to grey #BFBFBF, background colour to white.


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3. Fill your document work area using your foreground colour.


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4. Select Filter > Texture > Grain. Select “sprinkles” from the Grain Type menu. Change Intensity to 35 and Contrast to 50. Hit OK.


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5. Duplicate Layer 1 by pressing Ctrl-J (Command-J on Mac).


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6. Rotate your new layer by selecting Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 degrees CW. Change the blend mode to Multiply.


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7. Repeat Step 6 to form a third layer. Combine the three layers into one by selecting Layer > Flatten Image.


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8. Your glitter template is complete. Convert this image into a pattern for future use by selecting Edit > Define Pattern. Name your pattern ‘glitter’ and select OK. Close the document.


HOW TO APPLY YOUR GLITTER PATTERN TO YOUR PROJECT:

Now that you’ve created your glitter pattern, let’s apply it to a shape.

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1. In a new or existing Photoshop document, double-click the layer containing the shape to which you wish to apply your glitter. (Be aware of where you’re clicking – make sure you’re clicking on the empty space on the layer, just to the right of the name “Shape 1″.)


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2. In the Layer Style dialog box, click on Pattern Overlay, and select your glitter pattern from the drop-down menu. You may alter the colour of your glitter in the next step, or select OK to complete the application as is.


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3. To alter the colour of your glitter pattern, select Colour Overlay in the same Layer Style dialog box as in Step 2, and click the colour box to select your colour. Hit OK once you have selected the colour you wish to use. Change Blend Mode to Multiply, and hit OK to apply these new changes.


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4. Your glitter pattern has now been applied!