How to Add a Glitter Effect in Photoshop
This wikiHow teaches you how to create a glitter effect which can be applied to shapes and text in Photoshop.
Part 1Creating a New Project
1Double-click the Photoshop app icon, which resembles a "Ps" on a blue box.
2It's in the upper-left corner of Photoshop. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
3You'll find this option at the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens a window.
4Type a name into the text box that's at the top of the window. You can also adjust any of the settings in this window to your liking if needed.
5It's at the bottom of the window. This will close the window and open your new project.
Part 2Creating the Base Layer
1This icon, which resembles a rectangle with a folded corner, is at the bottom of the "Layers" window. If you don't see the "Layers" window on the right side of Photoshop, first click the Windows tab at the top of Photoshop, then check the Layers option.
2Click Windows at the top of Photoshop, then check the Swatches option in the drop-down menu.
3Click a color in the "Swatches" window on the right side of Photoshop. This is the color that your glitter will use.
4Click the 90-degree arrow to the right of the two color boxes in the lower-left side of the window. Only do this if the front color box is colored and the back color box is white. You can also just press the X key to switch the background and foreground colors.
5Press Ctrl+← Backspace (Windows) or ⌘ Command+Del (Mac) to do this. You should see the background color change to your selected swatch color.
6It's at the top of Photoshop. Clicking it prompts a drop-down menu.
7You'll find this option in the middle of the Filter drop-down menu. A pop-out menu will appear.
8It's in the pop-out menu. A new window will open.
9Click and drag the "Noise" slider left to decrease the noise or right to increase the noise. The higher the "Noise" number, the fewer gaps your glitter effect will have.
10It's near the bottom of the window. This will ensure that your glitter is the color which you chose earlier. If you want your glitter to be multicolored, you can leave this box unchecked.
11It's at the bottom of the window.
12This effect makes parts of your glitter layer more pronounced, which enhances the glitter appearance: Click Filter Select Pixelate Click Crystallize... Adjust the "Cell size" slider to sit between 4 and 10. Click OK
Part 3Adding and Merging Layers
1You'll find this glitter layer in the "Layers" window. Doing so prompts a drop-down menu. On a Mac, you can hold down Control while clicking the layer.
2It's in the drop-down layer.
3This will create a copy of the glitter layer and place it at the top of the "Layers" window.
4It should be at the top of the "Layers" window. A drop-down menu will appear.
5You'll find this near the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the Blending Options window.
6It's near the top of the window. Clicking it opens a drop-down menu.
7This option is in the drop-down menu.
8It's on the right side of the window. Doing so applies the "Multiply" effect to your duplicated layer.
9This will ensure that your second layer complements the base glitter layer rather than just blending in with it: Click Image at the top of Photoshop. Select Image Rotation Click 180°
10Right-click (or Control-click) the layer that you just created and edited, then click Duplicate Layer... and click OK. You'll then rotate the layer by clicking Image, selecting Image Rotation, and clicking 180° in the pop-out menu. You can add and edit more layers after this point if you like, but three layers will be enough to create a glitter effect.
11In the "Layers" window, click the top layer, then hold down ⇧ Shift while clicking the bottom layer (not the "Background" layer). Once all three layers are selected, press either Ctrl+E (Windows) or ⌘ Command+E (Mac) to merge all three layers into one layer. This will create your glitter layer.
12If you decide that you want to change the color of the glitter, you can do so by following these instructions: Create a new layer and make sure that it's at the top of the "Layers" window. Select a color and apply it to the layer. Right-click the layer. Click Blending Options... Click the "Blend Mode" drop-down box. Click Soft Light Click OK, then repeat with additional layers to darken the color if needed.
Part 4Applying the Glitter Effect
1Click the "New Layer" button at the bottom of the "Layers" window to do so. Skip this step if you want to apply the glitter effect to an image outline.
2Depending on whether you want to fill a text outline or an image outline with the glitter effect, this step will vary: Text — Click the T icon in the toolbar, then type in your preferred text. Image — Open the image in Photoshop, select the "Quick Selection Tool" in the toolbox, click and drag around the outline of the image, right-click the outlined area, and click Layer Via Cut.
3Click and drag the text or image layer from the top of the "Layers" window to lay below the glitter layer. The glitter layer should also be at the top of the "Layers" window.
4It should be at the top of the "Layers" window. Doing so will prompt a drop-down menu.
5You'll find this option near the bottom of the drop-down menu. You should see the glitter effect immediately assigned to the layer below it.
6Click File, select Export, click Quick Export as PNG, enter a file name, and click Export.