Create an INSTANT Glitter Effect In Photoshop

Creating an instant glitter effect in Photoshop involves using layer styles to simulate the sparkle and shine of glitter. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

1: Open Your Image

  1. Open the image you want to add the glitter effect to.

2: Create a New Layer

  1. Add a new layer by clicking on the “New Layer” icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

3: Set Foreground and Background Colors

  1. Set your foreground color to the base color you want for your glitter (e.g., silver, gold).

4: Apply Clouds Filter

  1. Fill the new layer with clouds:
    • Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

5: Apply Noise Filter

  1. Add noise to the layer:
    • Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
    • Choose a low amount (around 2-5%) and select the “Uniform” distribution.

6: Apply Gaussian Blur

  1. Apply a slight blur to the layer:
    • Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur.
    • Use a small radius (around 0.5-1 pixels).

7: Change Blend Mode

  1. Change the blend mode of the glitter layer to “Screen” to blend it with the underlying image.

8: Adjust Opacity

  1. Adjust the opacity of the glitter layer to control the intensity.

9: Add Sparkles

  1. Create a new layer for sparkles.
  2. Use the Brush tool (B) with a small, soft brush to paint sparkles in areas where you want them.
  3. Set the brush color to white.

10: Apply Outer Glow

  1. Right-click on the sparkle layer and choose “Blending Options.”
  2. Apply an “Outer Glow” effect:
    • Blend Mode: Screen
    • Opacity: Adjust to your liking
    • Size: Set a small value for a subtle glow

11: Duplicate Sparkles (Optional)

  1. Duplicate the sparkle layer to enhance the effect.
  2. Adjust the opacity and position of the duplicated layer for variation.


  • Experiment with Colors:
    • Try creating glitter with different base colors to match the desired look.
  • Adjust Blend Modes:
    • Experiment with different blend modes for the glitter layer to achieve various effects.
  • Use Different Brush Sizes:
    • Vary the brush size for the sparkles to create a more realistic and dynamic effect.
  • Combine with Text or Shapes:
    • Apply the glitter effect to text or shapes for a decorative touch.

Remember that the key to a convincing glitter effect is subtlety. Adjust the settings and layers to achieve the right balance for your particular image or design.

Create an INSTANT Glitter effect In Photoshop
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