Creating Custom Glitter Text in Adobe Photoshop & ImageReady

Glitter seems to take a top priority when it comes to graphics on the net. I have seen tons of it on websites like myspace and IMVU and I have even seen people open up websites based entirely on glitter graphics for the public’s use. This tutorial is going to teach the public very simply and quickly how one would go about making their very own glittery text using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe ImageReady.

Step One: Open a new canvas by clicking the file and new or holding the Ctrl key while hitting N. Set your size for 450 x 300 pixels for this example with a white background.

Step 2: Pick out a thick font and a color of your choice and do some typing of words or a phrase on your blank canvas. Try to center it the best you can.

Step 3: Rasterize the layer by right-clicking in your layers palette onto the layer with the text on it and hit “Rasterize Type” Right click on it again and hit duplicate layer 3 separate times. Click on the top layer and go to “Filters” on the toolbar above. Click “Noise” and then “Add Noise” In the amount field type in 25%. Check the boxes for “Uniform” and “Monochromatic”

Step 4: Click on the second layer and go to “Filters” on the toolbar above. Click “Noise” and then “Add Noise” In the amount field type in 26%. Check the boxes for “Uniform” and “Monochromatic” Click on the third layer and go to “Filters” on the toolbar above. Click “Noise” and then “Add Noise” In the amount field type in 27%. Check the boxes for “Uniform” and “Monochromatic” Click on the fourth layer and go to “Filters” on the toolbar above. Click “Noise” and then “Add Noise” In the amount field type in 28%. Check the boxes for “Uniform” and “Monochromatic”

Step 5: Save your work! You do not want to lose it!

Step 6: Click on “File” and then “Jump To” and then “Edit in ImageReady”. Photoshop will transfer all of your work into this program so that you can work with the glitter animation.

Step 7: On the bottom left of the screen you should see a little animation window with a thumbnail of your file in it. Below the thumbnail there are little buttons. You are going to find the button that says “Duplicate” and hit it three times so that there are four little thumbnails instead of one.

Step 8: Whatever layer is visible with the little eye icon is the layer that will show up on a frame. Click on Frame 1 and make only Layer 1 Visible by making sure the eye is ONLY checked off next to layer one and no others. Then, click on frame two and make sure only layer two is visible and no others. Do this with all of the layers removing the background from each for a transparent look. You should now be able to hit “Play” to see your glittery text in effect. Hit “File” then “Save Optimized As” and name your file. It will save as a .Gif which will allow it to move beyond ImageReady whereas saving it as a .JPG it would not animate when opened. There you have it, custom glitter text!

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