Photoshop: Making Glitter Fills

I’ve been asked many times how to make glitter fills, so here is a tutorial.

  1. Open Photoshop.
  2. Go to File, then New…; or press CTRL+N on your keyboard to open a new image.
  3. Use the following settings for your new image:
    Step 1
  4. Now, choose the Paint Bucket tool from the Tools menu and fill the canvas with your color of choice.
    Paint Bucket Tool
  5. This is what my image looks like now, I filled it with the color #C68AA5.
    Step 5
  6. Go to Filter on Photoshop’s menu, then Noise, then Add Noise. This part is really personal preference, but these are the settings that I used:
    Step 6
  7. Now you need to save this image as it is without any sparkles/glitter, so go to File, then Save As and save it as base.gif. Make sure you don’t save over it, as this file will be a backup in case you make a mistake later.
  8. You will need some sparkly/glitter brushes to use now. You can download mine, or use someone else’s, it doesn’t matter. If you use mine, it is required that you credit me by linking to this website.
  9. On the Layers window in Photoshop, make a new layer.
    Make a new layer
  10. Using the brush tool, just paint on the new layer with the glitter brushes.
    Brush Tool
  11. This is what mine looks like as of now:
    Step 11
  12. Now just save this as fill1_1.gif, and then delete the layer that you put glitter on earlier, and make a new layer. Brush glitter on this layer as well, then save it as fill1_2.gif. Do this a third time, so that you have 3 images, like this:
    fill1_1.gif fill1_2.gif fill1_3.gif
  13. Personally, I just like to leave the fills separate and non-animated at this point. Some people prefer to animate them. To do this, you will need a GIF animator. I recommend Microsoft GIF Animator. It’s free, simple, and easy to use. Here’s what mine looks like when animated:
    Animated Glitter Fill

Tips: There are many things you can do to make your fills more interesting. You can use gradients instead of a solid color for the background color, you can tweak the Add Noise settings, and much more. Just keep trying things until you find something you like!