Shimmering Elements

with 13 Comments

Lydia-200I love glitter. Oh, not real glitter. Real glitter makes me twitchy. But, digital glitter? Yes, please! I love having a little extra sparkle on my scrapbook pages, especially this time of year when I'm scrapping winter and Christmas photos. It just makes my pages seem a little more festive.

Well, I recently discovered a really easy way to add just a little bit of shimmer to my elements. This technique gives a result that's a little more subtle than most glitter effects. It adds just a touch of shine and sparkle. But, part of what makes it so wonderful is the fact that it can be applied to almost ANY element. I could see it working for summer themed elements, like sunshine and water elements, just as well as it does for winter themed elements. I absolutely love the result, and I think you will, too. So, let's get started!
Tutorial:

Step One: Open an Element

  • Open (File > Open) an element of your choice.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose File > Duplicate and click OK. (Photoshop: Choose Image > Duplicate.)
  • Close the original file.

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Step Two: Adjust the Blend Modes

  • Press Ctrl J (Mac: Cmd J) two times to duplicate the element twice.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the middle layer and set the Blend Mode to Overlay.
  • Activate the top layer and set the Blend Mode to Screen.

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Step Three: Apply the Noise Filter

  • In the Layers panel, activate the bottom layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
  • In the dialog box, set the Amount to 30%, the Distribution to Uniform, check Monochromatic, and click OK.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the middle layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
  • In the dialog box, set the Amount to 40%, the Distribution to Gaussian, check Monochromatic, and click OK.
  • In the Layers panel, activate the top layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Noise > Add Noise.
  • In the dialog box, set the Amount to 40%, the Distribution to Gaussian, check Monochromatic, and click OK.
  • In the Layers panel, set the Opacity to 40%.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Visible.

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And, that's it! So simple! Here are a few other elements to which I added some shimmer. For the ribbon, I used 50% for the Amount of the Noise on the bottom layer, and 60% for the middle and top layers. Feel free to experiment with the Amount settings on different elements to get the effect you desire. The effect is subtle but adds such a fun touch of sparkle.

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And, here's my finished layout:

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Credits:
Digi Scrap Tutorial: Shimmering Elements by Lydia Tarbox
Layout: Merry and Bright by Lydia Tarbox
Kit: Christmas Wishes by Kristin Cronin-Barrow; December 2013 Premier kit
Font: DJB Dear St Nick

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial

13 Responses

  1. GmaPat
    | Reply

    Great idea! I am going to try this technique! Thanks so much!

  2. Geri
    | Reply

    Thanks, I will be trying this out.

  3. Su Hall
    | Reply

    This sure gives your elements some depth and some sparkle! Thank you!

    Su

  4. miniloudon
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    This is great! it leaves just enough shimmer without loosing depth.

  5. Michelle
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    Amazing! Absolutely wonderful! Thanks!

  6. Lenore
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    Thankyou I’ll certainly be trying this one out.

  7. Nannette
    | Reply

    This is simply brilliant.

  8. Kathy
    | Reply

    Love this tip. Thanks!!!

  9. Jo
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    Wow! Just in time for those Christmas layouts. Thanks so much.

  10. Florence
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    Thank you so much. Will try this soon.

  11. pjscraps
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    This fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. genie
    | Reply

    great tip thank you

  13. Tammy Graf
    | Reply

    I’m not a huge glitter person but I now have granddaughters who love it. Thanks for helping me make their pages a little more shiny.

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