Realistic Glitter Edges Scrapbook Tutorial
I’m going to show you how to take those glitter styles/patterns and use them to make realistic looking glitter for around your embellishments. If you don’t already have a glitter pattern you can download the free photoshop style that I use in this scrapbook tutorial for free, here (it’s not the best seamless pattern, but it serves the purpose of what we are doing with it today). This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS6 but should be adaptable to any version of Photoshop or Photoshop elements. This tutorial requires that you have at least a basic knowledge of Photoshop (including loading patterns and brushes). If anything is unclear just leave a comment and I’ll try and help you!
First, we are going to open the image that we want to put glitter around, or want to make glitter in the shape of. I am using a simple paper heart shape.
You want to select just your heart shape. To do this control+click on the thumbnail of the heart in your layers palette. This will put marching ants around your heart shape.
Locate your layers palette and click the tab that says ‘Paths’.
Click on paths and click on make work path in the bottom of the paths palette.
Now switch back to your layers palette and make three or four new layers. Ctrl+Shift+N.
Now we are going to do a couple of steps with brushes before we move on. You want to select a square brush that is going to be appropriate for the image that you are working with. My image is fairly large so I am using a 26 px square brush.
Open your brush palette (Press F5) and add some spacing, scatter, and shape dynamics to your brush. I change the settings slightly in between each layer that I stoke for a more realistic effect. Don’t be afraid to play with the settings until you get the look you desire. These are the settings that I used.
Now you are going stroke the path that you made with your brush. Click on one of the blank new layers that you created and click back into the paths palette. Now you want to click on the icon at the bottom that will stroke your path with brush.
Now click back on your layers palette and select and new blank layer, click paths palette, stroke path and repeat until you have strokes a path on all you new layers. It is during this step that you might want to experiment with changing your brush settings. Once you have all your blank layers stroked with paths you can delete your work path.
Here is where you glitter style comes in. You want to add a new layer above each of your stroke path layers. On those new layers you are going to fill each one with your glitter pattern. Then click on each of your glitter layers and clip it to the layer below. The easiest way to do this is Ctrl+Alt+G. Your layers palette should look something like this:
After you have clipped all your glitter layers you are going to want to merge them to the layer they are clipped to. The fastest way to do this is to again click on your glitter layer and press Ctrl+E. This will merge the selected layer with the layer below it. You want to do this with each of your glitter layers.
Lastly, you want to add a drop shadow to each of the glitter layers. These are the settings that I used.
Here is my finished image: