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How to Add Sparkling Glitter Texture in Photoshop (Simply!)

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This quick tutorial will show you how to create a glitter texture in Photoshop, save it as a pattern, and add colour to it. Then, we’ll add a gold glitter background to text and create an ombre effect (a gradation of colours or tones).

glitter texture in photoshop: Purple glitter texture applied to text and a star

How to Create a Glitter Texture

Step 1: Open a New Document

Start by opening a new document in Photoshop. Go to the File drop-down menu and select File > New. Your document can be any size. Choose a white background.

Click Create.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot create new document

Step 2: Add Noise

Add noise to the background layer by going to the Filter drop-down menu. Select Filter > Noise > Add Noise. In the Add Noise window, set the amount to 50% and select Uniform. Check the Monochromatic box.

Click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of add noise filter

Step 3: Add a Crystallize Filter

Add a Crystallize filter to the noise layer by going to the Filter drop-down menu. Select Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize. In the Crystallize window, set the cell size to 5.

Click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot filter crystallize

Step 4: Copy and Rotate Texture

To add fullness to the texture, copy the background layer. Open the Layer drop-down menu and select Layer > Duplicate (Ctrl or ⌘J).

Highlight the duplicated layer. Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of transforming rotating duplicate layer 180 degrees
Step 5: Change the Blending Mode

Double click on the duplicate layer. In the Layer Style window, change the blend mode to Multiply. You can experiment with other blend modes like Color Burn or Overlay.

Click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot Layer Style Blend Mode

Step 6: Add More Glitter (Optional)

If you want a denser texture to your glitter, copy the original layer again. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. Set the amount to between 10% and 25%.

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 Clockwise.

Set the blend mode to either Multiply or Color Burn.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of third duplicate layer and blend options

How to Save a Glitter Texture Pattern

That’s it! You have created a glitter texture. We will add colour in a moment.

But first, let’s save the texture as a glitter pattern in Photoshop. Saving your glitter texture as a pattern will let you access it any time you want.

glitter texture in photoshop: Monochromatic glitter texture pattern made in Photoshop
Monochromatic glitter texture

Step 1: Merge Layers

Highlight all layers ((hold Ctrl or ⌘) and go to the Layer drop-down menu. Select Layer > Merge Layers (Ctrl or ⌘E). This collapses the layers into one.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of merge layers for glitter texture

Step 2: Define (Name) the Pattern

Go to the Edit drop-down menu. Select Edit > Define Pattern. Give your pattern a name and click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of naming glitter pattrern

Step 3: Apply Pattern to New Layer

Your glitter pattern in Photoshop is ready to use. Open a new file or a new layer. Go to the Edit drop-down menu. Select Edit > Fill. In the Fill window, set Contents to Pattern. Open the Custom Pattern menu. Your new glitter pattern should be at the bottom.

Click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of applying a glitter pattern fill

You can add glitter any time you want! You can also access your pattern from other tools like the Paintbrush and Paint Bucket. Now, let’s add some colour.

How to Add Colour to the Glitter Texture

Step 1: Add Fill Layer

To add colour to your glitter texture, open the Layer drop-down menu. Select Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color. Name your colour layer.

Click OK.

In the Color Picker (Solid Color) window, select the colour you want to use as the basis for your glitter. To make gold glitter, type FFD700 next to the # symbol. But you can use any colour.

Click OK.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of the colour picker window

Step 2: Change the Blending Mode

Highlight the Color Fill layer. Change the blend mode to Color Burn or Soft Light. Soft Light will give you a lighter effect.

Double click the Color Fill layer to change the colour.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of adding a color fill layer to a glitter texture

Sparkly gold glitter texture in photoshop
Gold glitter texture

How to Add Glitter to Text or Symbols

Step 1: Merge Layers

To apply the glitter texture to text or a symbol, merge the Color Fill and Texture layer. Highlight both layers and go to the Layer drop-down menu. Select Layer > Merge Layers (Ctrl or ⌘E).

Step 2: Add Text or Symbols

Use the Text tool to type text. Or open the Shape tool menu and select the Custom Shape tool. Choose from shapes in the options menu (more shapes are available online to download.) Merge layers with text and symbols into one.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of selecting custom shape tool

Step 3: Drag the Color Fill layer to the Top

Drag the Color Fill layer to the top of the Layers panel. This applies the colour to the layers below.

glitter texture in photoshop: Photoshop screenshot of dragging colour fill layer to the top

Step 4: Create a Clipping Mask

To let the text show through, highlight the Color Fill layer and go to the Layer drop-down menu. Select Layer > Create Clipping Mask.

Gold glitter texture applied to word and star in photoshop

How to Create a Glitter Ombre Effect

You can make a glitter gradient in Photoshop by using a layer mask. The texture fades out, creating an ombre effect (colours and tones shade into each other).

Step 1: Merge Layers and Add a Layer Mask

Merge text and texture layers. Select Layer > Merge Layers (Ctrl or ⌘E). At the bottom of the Layers panel, click the Layer Mask icon. Or go to the Layer drop-down menu and select Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

Photoshop screenshot of creating a layer mask for a glitter texture

Step 2: Add a Gradient to the Layer Mask

Add a gradient to the layer mask by selecting the Gradient tool from the toolbar.

Highlight the layer mask. Drag up in your canvas to apply a gradient. Experiment with where you start and end the gradient. This determines how much the texture will fade.

Photoshop screenshot of gradient layer mask for a glitter texture

Glitter texture with an ombre effect in photoshopConclusion

It is easy to create a glitter texture in Photoshop. Adding colour to the texture and applying it to text or symbols takes only a few additional clicks. Once you have made your glitter texture and saved it as a pattern, you can apply it to new files in any colour you want!

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