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Create Sparkles From Scratch | Photoshop CC

September 3, 2019

Hello and welcome to 2-minute design. I’m
Edward, sorry I’m Dayj and today we’re going to create some sparkles. This is a 1920×1080 pixels image with a white background. Create a new layer, make sure
the foreground color is set to black, and select the Elliptical Marquee Tool. Create
a vertical ellipse just like that and fill it with black using alt or option backspace.
Hit ctrl or cmd D to deselect. Go to Filter / Blur / Motion Blur, set it to 90 degrees,
increase the distance a bit and then hit OK. Go to Filter / Blur / Gaussian Blur
and blur it out little bit. Hit ctrl or cmd J to duplicate the layer,
and hit ctrl or cmd T to free transform. Hold down the alt or option key to transform from
the center, and make it thinner and taller. Great. Click the first layer, hold down shift
and click the other to select both of them, and then hit ctrl or cmd E to merge them. Hit ctrl or cmd J to duplicate the layer, and free transform again using ctrl or cmd T Hold down the shift key and rotate 90 degrees.
Again, select both layers and merge them. Now turn off the background layer, then go
to Edit / Define Brush Preset. I’ll call it Edward. You can delete the layer, turn
on the background and fill it with black. Create a new layer, and select the brush tool.
Make sure Edward is selected, and click this button to open the brush panel. Enable Shape
dynamics, and increase the size jitter. Enable scattering and increase the scatter.
Set the foreground color to white, and you can change the size of the brush using the left and right bracket keys. Now all you have to do is to click and drag to create awesome sparkles. Look at that… That’s cool, isn’t it? Ok what was that?!


  • Reply Kevin Mehrpouya10 August 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    You are really awesome i learned a much from you!
    I love the way you make your tutorials so fast and informative!

  • Reply COOKIECOOKIEROBLOXFAN August 12, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    You rock! This is the least complicated way I've seen so far

  • Reply Andy Bowman - DadBodJogVlog November 9, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Really fast but brilliant – you showed me exactly what I was looking for in two mins (but I did have to watch three times and pause in places so let's say 6 mins haha)

  • Reply Hassan Ashraf December 29, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    You named your website Learn with Fun 🙂

  • Reply Anthony Henley February 9, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Very nice video, but I can't understand anything that you are saying. Do you have a transcript for this video online?

  • Reply Anthony Henley February 11, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for the reply. You assume that all of your viewers are proficient in Photo Shop. The part about the "closed caption" being the transcript was too funny.

  • Reply SnowkaiTV May 3, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    its create me only one sparkle every time…

  • Reply Ina-art June 3, 2016 at 7:27 am

    That is very helpful! Thank you!

  • Reply Alex Ph June 24, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Clear, fast and simple… Love you!

  • Reply Anand Srivastave October 10, 2016 at 5:27 am

    I just want to ask why you used only black color while making brush? is there any issue if we use any other color?

  • Reply Joy Corsino January 31, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Such a great help! Thank you! <3

  • Reply shamreen naaz March 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    when I go to edit, there is not no option of define brush preset.. pls help what should I do..

  • Reply shamreen naaz March 7, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    thank u so much..

  • Reply Serina Mutou March 9, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This just blew my mind. Never thought of doing that in photoshop.

  • Reply Lifemademe Paul April 8, 2017 at 7:06 am

    wonderful, thank you

  • Reply Jojo Scoble May 28, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    For the first time I have managed to follow instruction and create what I wanted to !!!! THANK YOU <3

  • Reply Dekachus Journalisms June 18, 2017 at 6:38 am

    thanks for the awesomeness tutorial 😀 also i subcribed to ya 😀 thanks so much!!! :3 imma going to make everyone onto my fb jelouse XD also can i save the brush???

  • Reply 김난희 June 30, 2017 at 1:48 am

    젠장 영어네..쩝

  • Reply Xristos Avra August 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I didn't even understand how he filled it with black..

  • Reply pescadoresarmados September 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    superb. thanks a lot!

  • Reply Code Stairs September 9, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Awesome and fast one

  • Reply Jaune Smiley September 11, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I usually hate these speed tutorials, but I managed to follow along perfectly. These are the best stars I've seen so far. Thank you, my project is blinging!

    Best of all, I have my brush preset for life. Happy days ; )

  • Reply Jessica De Simone September 25, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    SO much fun!!!! love how quickly yet clearly you described all of this—and I learned some keyboard shortcuts. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! oh so pretty!!!!

  • Reply Justin Collins October 3, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Does the last step not work with CS4?

  • Reply a n n November 16, 2017 at 10:50 am

    You're amazing! Thank you!

  • Reply Steve C December 6, 2017 at 1:35 am

    Excellent, thank you

  • Reply Elizabeth James December 10, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Excellent tutorial. I had watched several before this and they were very complex. This was straight to the point and good pace. Thank you!

  • Reply Brittaney Williamson December 14, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    So awesome!! I love that it's fast and straight to the point!

  • Reply 910AM Superstation Funnies December 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    So are you Edward, or..are you just pretending to be Dadge.

  • Reply Rana Banat January 12, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    good work… how can we make them gold??

  • Reply Mr. Stark doesn't feel so good. January 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

    That guy just forgot his name.

  • Reply Okan Öztekin February 23, 2018 at 12:21 am


  • Reply Travis Greene February 23, 2018 at 8:03 am

    This guy is a Necromancer. GENIUS! Mindblown.

  • Reply Blancosuperfuego Diego March 20, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    awesome tutorial thanks

  • Reply saffron jade April 8, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    This is great straight to the point and works so well

  • Reply Gina W April 22, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Thank you, this was so helpful, you got yourself a subscriber, thank you so much

  • Reply Garah Garah April 28, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you! This is really simple and fast.

  • Reply bipolarbeari August 10, 2018 at 7:20 am

    so cool! thanks!

  • Reply Ivania Rodriguez September 11, 2018 at 4:03 am

    amazing!!!! thank you!!!!!!

  • Reply Susy Dubon November 24, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Thank you.

  • Reply sleep December 12, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    hey squidward

  • Reply Geri Allen January 16, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Mabe it should b 2.5 min. Tutorials

  • Reply Rhiel Junalin S. Bandoy April 17, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Exactly what i am looking for.. good job… (y)

  • Reply Jennifer Regnier April 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    Thank you so much for these easy, effective tutorials!!

  • Reply Alyena’s Kitchen June 1, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you so very much for this quick and super easy to watch video! Much appreciated!🌷🌸🌷

  • Reply don rothfuss July 13, 2019 at 8:04 am

    this is a little fast with the showing and talking. I had to put it in CC so i could read what you were saying. You could make them longer and talk slower so we don't have to keep replaying it 50 times to get it. Not all of use know photoshop like you do and it takes us longer. thank you this is what i was looking for.

  • Reply pipperoooo July 21, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Excellent tutorial and excellent teacher!! Thank you so much! 🙂 I did make a six point star though because I wanted a weee bit more sparkle! 😉

  • Reply coredumperror August 24, 2019 at 10:32 am

    This was fantastic! Thank you!

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