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Shiny Sparkles Text Effect

This tutorial will explain a very simple way for creating a nice glowing sparkles text effect, using a couple of brushes and glow Layer Style.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Create a new layer on top of the Background layer and call it Gradient. Set the Foreground color to #724242, and the Background color to #3c1a1a, then, create a Radial Gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

Double click the Gradient layer to add a Gradient Overlay effect:

– Gradient Overlay

  • Blend Mode : Overlay
  • Opacity : 80%
  • Angle : 45°
  • Scale : 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient
Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

Use the colors #dc4800 (to the left) and #430401 (to the right) to create the Gradient.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

This is what you should get.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

Go to Filter -> Sketch -> Water Paper, and set the values as shown below:

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

This will add some nice looking sparkles to the Background.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 1

Step 2

Create the text in Black. The font used is Aardvark Cafe and the Size is 500 px.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 2

Double click the text layer and add an Outer Glow effect:

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #a6dc6b
  • Size : 10
  • Range : 100%
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Change the text layer’s Fill value to 0. The text should have a very subtle glow.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Right click the text layer and choose Create Work Path.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Download the Modified Diamond Sparkles Brush. It is a simple diamond brush, and you can check its Settings after you load into the Brush panel (Window -> Brush). Select this brush before moving on to the next step.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Sparkles. Set the Foreground color to White, and pick the Direct Selection Tool.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Right click the path and choose Stroke Path.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu, and check the Simulate Pressure box.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

This will stroke the path with the sparkles brush. Hit Enter/Return to get rid of the path.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Double click the Sparkles layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Color Dodge
  • Color : #ffffff
Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

– Inner Glow

  • Color : #f4edd3
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This will add a simple glow to the sparkles. Change the Sparkles layer’s Fill value to 0.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Choose a soft round brush, and change its Setting as shown below.

Brush Tip Shape

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Shape Dynamics

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Create a work path once again (right click text layer -> Create Work Path), create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Glow, set the Foreground color to #f8ff99, and stroke the path (right click the path -> Stroke Path) with the brush, and hit Enter/Return.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 4

Double click the Glow layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Soft Light
  • Color : #ffffff
  • Size : 2
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– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Linear Light
  • Color : #ffb8b8
  • Source : Center
  • Size : 2
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Change the Glow layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay. Notice how bright the text is now.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Once again, choose a soft round brush, and change its Setting as shown below.

Brush Tip Shape

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 5

Shape Dynamics
Make sure to choose Pen Pressure from the Size Jitter Control drop down menu.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 5

Transfer

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 5

Create a work path, create a new layer on top of all layers, call it Color and change its Blend Mode to Color, set the Foreground color to #a7a400, and stroke the path with the brush, then hit Enter/Return.

This will add a nice green tone color to the glow.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 5

* You can stop right here if you like the effect this way. The following two steps are optional, but they add a nice touch to both the Background and the text, making the final effect more winter/holiday-like. *

Step 6

Set the Foreground and Background colors back to #724242 and #3c1a1a, then select the Gradient layer.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 6

Go to Filter -> Brush Strokes -> Sprayed Strokes, and change the values as shown below:

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 6

The big sparkles in the Background will disappear, leaving a smoother looking splattered-like texture.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 6

Step 7

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Snow Glow, then double click it to apply the following Layer Style.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 7

– Outer Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #ffffff
  • Size : 2
Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 7

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Linear Light
  • Color : #ffe400
  • Source : Center
  • Size : 2
Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 7

Set the Foreground color to White, and use the last brush you created (in Step 5) to draw some “glowing snow like” strokes along the text edges. You can use the Eraser Tool to remove any unwanted areas.

Shiny Sparkles Text Effect step 7

And we’re done!


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