Taylor Swift Graphix


Animated Sparkles

Posted by Tanya on April 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM

Hello! This is my second tutorial. This time, I will be explaining how to add animated sparkles to your graphics using Photoshop CS5. I hope this helps! If you are still having trouble after this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment & I will try to help out as much as I can. :)

* To enlarge each image, click on the photo.

* The specific glitter/sparkle brush I used for this tutorial can be downloaded for free at this site: click here - I used the brush with the smallest sized glitter/sparkle specks. (There is large, medium & small.)

1. First create your graphic. After you are done creating your graphic, we will begin the sparkle process. Start by adding 3 new layers to your graphic.

2. Click on your first layer so that it is highlighted blue. Next, take your glitter or sparkle brush and click once over your graphic. Specks of glitter will cover your graphic now. If you don't want big chunks of glitter to cover some parts of your graphic, like Taylor's face in this example, just take your eraser and get rid of any glitter or sparkles you might not want.

3. Next, click the "eye" icon next to the layer that you just added your glitter to so that it is hidden. Then, click on the following layer so that it is highlighted in blue.

4. Now that you are on the next layer, take your sparkle/glitter brush and click on your graphic again to add glitter to it. However, try to click in a differernt location on your graphic so that the glitter will not be in the same spot as your first layer.

5. Next, click on the "eye" icon again to hide the current layer that you just added your glitter to. Click on the next layer and make sure it it highlighted blue. Once again, you will take your sparkle/glitter brush and click on your graphic to add glitter to it. Also, make sure you click in a different location on your graphic so that the glitter is in a different spot than the other two layers you created.

6. The next step is to animate. First, make sure that your animation window is visible. If it's not, go to your menu bar at the top of the screen & click "Window" then check off "Animation." A bar should show up at the bottom of your screen.

7. Then, make sure only one of your layers is visible by having the "eye" icon next to one of the layers. After that, go to your animation window & click on the icon that looks like a little post-it note. That is the duplicate button, which will create the next frame in your animation.

8. After you have duplicated your first frame, make sure that the second frame in your animation window is highlighted blue. Next, go to your layers window and click the "eye" icon to hide your first layer that you already used. Then, click to unhide your next layer so that the "eye" icon is now visible. Then, once again click on the duplicate button in your animation window to make your third frame.

9. Next, make sure that your third frame is highlighted blue in your animation window. Then, click the "eye" icon to hide your current glitter layer. Then, click to unhide your third glitter layer so that the "eye" icon is visible on your final layer. This time, you do not click the duplicate button.

10. Now that you have all of your animation layers ready, you might notice when you press the "play" button in your animation window, that the glitter moves very, very fast. That's because the speed between each frame is set at "0 sec." as you can see under each frame. To slow down the speed, click on your first frame -- hold shift on your keyboard -- then click on the third frame. This will select all of your frames at once & they all will be highlighted blue.

11. Now that they are all highlighted, click on the little arrow button underneath one of the frames where it says "0 sec." A menu box will appear with different options. The speed I always select for glitter/sparkle graphics is "0.5 sec."

12. Now that you changed the speed, you can press the "play" button on your animation window. Your graphic should animate slower now. To save your graphic so that it still remains animated, go to the top of your menu bar & click "File" -- then "Save For Web & Devices..." -- a screen will come up, just press "Save."

13. Final product:

I hope this tutorial wasn't confusing & that I was able to help anyone who needed it! Once again, if you ever have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will try to assist you the best I can. I hope you all have a wonderful day. :)

love love love, Tanya

Categories: Adding Animated Sparkles

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Reply Anna
3:38 AM on August 31, 2012 
I love your grapicxs!