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Glitter Words without using fills
To create a glitter word in Photoshop without using a premade glitter fill follow these simple steps1) Assuming you have Photoshop open and running, make a new file Ctrl + N with whatever dimensions you like. I selected 300px by 200px with a transparent background.
2) Now using the text tool choose your desired font, size, and color. Type the word you wish to make glitter. I will be using my name for this example. I recommend a large text with plenty of center space. I am using Arial Black with a font size of 75px Your image should look something like this now
3) Now once you have your word the color and size you want, you will need to duplicate this layer Ctrl + J. Do this 3 times so that you have a total of 4 layers.
4) Now you will need to "rasterize" these layers. Your word will no longer be editable after you do this, so make sure it is exactly the way you want it. To rasterize layers click Layer >> Rasterize >> All Layers
5) Now turn off all layers except the first. Do this by clicking on the "eye" icon in the layers palette next to the layers you wish to hide. See image below for help.
6) Now with the first layer selected and showing, we are going to add noise to this layer. To do this click Filter >> Noise >> Add Noise. You should now see a pop up box like this appear
Set the Amount to 25%, Distribution to Gaussian, and make sure that Monochromatic is checked.
7) Do this for the remaing 3 layers increasing the Amount by 1% each time. IE Layer 2 will be 26% and so on.
8) Now you will need to transfer this file to ImageReady. ImageReady is an animation program that should have come with your copy of Photoshop. To do this click the Jump To ImageReady icon on the tools menu.
9) Once ImageReady opens you should see your word with the noise added and an animation bar that looks like this
If you do not see the Animation window you may need to click Window >> Animation from the drop down menu.
10) Now we need to animate the image. In the Animation Window you should see your first frame. Set the 0 sec. button below the image to 0.1 by clicking it and selecting 0.1 seconds.
11) In the Layers palette turn off all layers but the first like this
12) Now in the Animation Window we need to duplicate the first frame. Find the duplicate frame button and click it. You should now have a second frame next to the first one.
13) Now in the Layers palette turn off all layers but the second just as you did in Step 11 with the first frame.
14) Duplicate the second frame just as you did in Step 12 so that you now have 3 frames.
15) Again in the layers palette turn off all layers but the third.
16) Repeat this process so that you have 4 frames one for each layer of your file
17) Now in the Animation Window click the Play button to preview your finished image.
18) Your word should now be glittering! Under File click Save Optimized As... to save your glitter image. Note these can only be saved as GIF files. Your finished image should look something like this!