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Sparkling Text Effect

This tutorial will show you a simple trick using the smudge tool and some Layer Styles to make your text sparkle!

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

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

Resources

Step 1

Open the Background Image, and set the Foreground color to White. Create the text in White as well. The font used is eurofurence light, and the Size is 250 px.

Sparkles TE step 1

Duplicate the text layer, then right click it and choose Rasterize Type.

Sparkles TE step 1

Step 2

Pick the Brush Tool and choose the Spatter 27 pixels brush tip. Create a new layer on top of the rasterized text layer and call it sparkles-1, then start adding the brush on the tips of the letters. Let the center of the brush be positioned on the tip, and click once each time to create the sparkles.

Sparkles TE step 2

Duplicate the sparkles-1 layer, and rename it to sparkles-2.

Sparkles TE step 2

Select the sparkles-1 layer, then pick the Smudge Tool. In the Options bar, pick a soft round 20 px brush tip, then change the Strength value to 70%.

Click and hold in the center of each sparkle, then drag along its letter.

Sparkles TE step 2

Once you’re done, right click the sparkles-1 layer, and choose Merge Down. This will merge the smudged sparkles with the rasterized text.

Sparkles TE step 2

Step 3

Double click the rasterized text layer (the one merged with the sparkles in the previous step), and apply an Outer Glow effect:

  • Color : #ff007e
  • Size : 9
Sparkles TE step 3

Double click the sparkles-2 layer, and apply an Outer Glow effect as well:

  • Color : #ffa6df
  • Size : 9
Sparkles TE step 3

Double click the text layer copy (the duplicated one that is not rasterized), and apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Shadow Mode – Color : #c54db8
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– Contour

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
Sparkles TE step 3

The last thing you need to do, is place the sparkles-2 layer on top of all layers to get the final effect.

Sparkles TE step 3

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!