Adding a sparkle effect to your photos can bring certain elements to life and adds a magical touch. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to create your own sparkle effect in Photoshop and save it as a Brush Preset. This allows you to reuse it in future projects.
- First, you need to create a New Document that’s 1200×1200 Pixels. Choose White under “Background Contents”.
- In the Layers tab, click on the New Layer icon.
- With the new layer selected, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool.
- Change the “Style” to Fixed Size.
- Adjust the Width to 25px and the Height to 450px.
- Click anywhere in the document. It should automatically create the shape.
- Click on the color square at the bottom of the “toolbar” on the left. Make the color black.
- Go to Edit > Fill.
- Under “Contents” select Foreground Color. Then click OK.
- Change the Style back to Normal.
- Go to Select > Deselect.
- Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur.
- Change the Angle to 90 ° and the Distance to 650. Then click OK.
- Press Ctrl + J on your keyboard (Cmd + J on Mac).
- Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 ° Clockwise.
- Right-click the layer and select Merge Down.
- Press Ctrl + J again (Cmd + J on Mac). Then, press Ctrl + T (Cmd + T on Mac).
- In the toolbar on top, adjust the angle to 45 °.
- Click on the small white square, and decrease the size while holding Shift + Alt (Shift + Option on Mac). Then press the checkmark in the toolbar on top.
- Right-click on the layer and select Merge Down again.
- Go to Edit > Define Brush Preset.
- Give your brush a name, and click OK.
Using the Sparkle Brush
Open the picture where you want to apply the sparkle effect, and follow these steps.
- Click on the Brush Tool.
- If the Sparkle Effect is not already selected, find it from the brush list on top.
- You can then adjust the size of the brush.
- Change the color of the brush to white.
- Click where you wish to apply the sparkles, and you are done!