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Create Sparkle Brushes in Photoshop

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Do you want to make your own custom brushes? Find out how, from this easy to follow tutorial. I will show you how to create Photoshop sparkle brushes in just a few simple steps. It is true that there are hundreds of free sparkle brushes available on the internet. But I thought it might be nice to learn how to create a sparkle effect from scratch.

In this Photoshop tutorial we'll create just three simple star sparkle brushes, but I will continue the set and give it as freebie. I hope that all the newbies out there will enjoy reading this tut!

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Things You need To Know About Brushes

Photoshop defines brushes based on a grayscale so it is no need to use colors when you make a brush. All you have to do is play with black, white and different tones of gray. The rules are: everything that is white will not be visible so the opacity is o%. The black areas on the other hand will be 100% visible, so maximum opacity. And the other tones of gray oscillate between 2 and 99% opacity.

For start, create a new psd file, and fill the background layer with white color. This means that the background will not make part of our brush being invisible.

Sparkle Brush 1

Use the Line Tool and draw a horizontal line. Or you can also use the Brush Tool with hard round brush. Keep the SHIFT key pressed to obtain a straight line. Anyway the size of the line has to be 3px and the color, black.

Rasterize the line shape. Go to Filter, Blur and apply Motion Blur with the following settings.

Duplicate the line layer and rotate it by 90 degrees.

Merge the two line layers. Duplicate the new merged layer and rotate it by 45 degrees.

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5 comment(s) for "Create Sparkle Brushes in Photoshop"

Su Hall
8:36 PM Friday, December 16, 2011
I really like these! Thank you!

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PSDDude
8:38 PM Friday, December 16, 2011
glad u like it :) reply
Anonymous
Anonymous
12:05 AM Friday, November 23, 2012
Yeah! Me too...Thank you..:) reply
Zanzeer
Zanzeer
3:05 AM Monday, January 27, 2014
Awesome Dude. You are just amazing. Thanks reply
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Irina
2:48 AM Monday, July 27, 2015
Thanks, thanks, thanks PSDDude reply

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