Create text from glitter in Photoshop # 2

In this tutorial, we will continue to create an interesting text effect with glitter using the Rhotoshop program.

Stage 6. Create an animation for white flakes.

Step 1

Let’s start creating a flickering effect. In order to get the desired result, we will animate the various elements of our work.
First go to the menu Window – Timeline (Window – Timeline) to open Time Scale (Timeline Panel).

Step 2

The timeline, by default, should appear at the bottom of the screen.
Let’s start creating a keyframe. First of all, click on the button. Create video (Create Video). If this button is not placed on the main scale, click on the mini arrow in the upper right corner and select the required item.

Step 3

On the left side of the scale you will see a graph with the display of layers, which are named according to the layers of the layers panel.
Click on the drop-down arrow for one of the layers with white sparks to access the properties that can be used during animation.

The result of our actions should be a circular motion of white particles.
To perform this task, we need an animation function called Transformation (Transform). As you can see in the figure below, this function is not in the list of actions.

Step 4

To get access to the animation function Transformation (Transform), you need to convert a layer with white sparks into a smart object. Now look again at the list of available functions and you will see changes in it.

Step 5

To create the first keyframe, click on the stopwatch icon next to the function Transformation (Transform).

Step 6

Standing on a layer with white sparks, hold down the key combination Ctrl + T. Then modify the position of the layer with sparks – move the layer so that the center of the layer with sparks is on the left side of the working canvas.

Step 7

Drag the blue slider to position 1 second on the timeline. Rotate the spark layer 90? (Ctrl + T).
Note that after the layer is rotated, a point (keyframe) is automatically added to the timeline.

Step 8

Keep adding keyframes. To do this, move the slider in 1 second increments and gradually rotate the layer with sparks (until you complete the circle (will the last turn be 360?)).

Step 9

Repeat the above steps for the second layer with white sparks. But move this layer to the other side of the working canvas.
When you’re done with the White Sparks layers and hit the “Run animation“(play button), your result will be similar to the one you see in the image below.

Step 10

Pay attention to the timeline. In my case, the length of the temporary tracks for the White Sparks 1 layer and the White Sparks 2 layer (Sparkles 1 and Sparkles 2) are different. One track is 5 seconds, and the second is 4 seconds.
Move the end of the roller from 5 seconds long to 4 seconds, to do this, drag the blue slider, as shown below.

Step 11

Now we will apply the white sparkle layers as clipping masks (clipping layer) to the underlying layers with noise.

Step 12

Replay the animation again and you will see a tiny, flickering effect.

Step 13

Select all the layers related to the animation (and the black fill layer) and Convert it to a smart object. (Convert to Smart Object).
Rename the new smart object to “Sparkles”.

Step 14

As an additional step, go to the “Sparkles” smart object and create another set of animated sparks.

Step 7. Increasing the visibility of white particles.

Step 1

At this stage, your layer map looks like this:

In the next steps, we will increase the brilliance using smart objects.

Step 2

Duplicate the Glitter smart object.

Step 3

Highlight two Smart Objects “Sparkles” and “Sparkles copy” (“Sparkles”, “Sparkles copy”). Convert selected items into one smart object.

Step 4

Double-click on the thumbnail of the combined sparkles smart object to open it. Apply to the top layer Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 4 pixels.

Step 5

To the blurred layer also need to apply a correction layer. Isogelium (Threshold) (as a clipping mask). Make changes to the settings of the adjustment layer so that the white dots become larger.

Step 6

Highlight the blurry glitter layer and the adjustment layer. Isogelium (Threshold). From the selected layers form a smart object. Call this object “Isohelium Blur” (“Threshold-Blur”).

Step 7

The “Isohelium-Blur” (“Threshold-Blur”) smart object will also be applied Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur). Set the blur radius to 6 – 7 pixels ..

Step 8

For the “Isohelium-Blur” smart object (“Threshold-Blur”) set the blend mode Screen (Screen); The opacity (opacity) of this layer is reduced to 44%.

Step 8. Add light highlights

Step 1

We will continue to work with white particles. Create another copy of the “Sparkles” layer. Place this copy layer at the top of the layers panel.

Step 2

You must apply to the copy layer. Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur). In the filter settings, set the following values: angle (angle) – 45 °; offset (distance) – 19 pixels.

Step 3

Also, we will add an adjustment layer to this layer. Isogelium (Threshold) (as a clipping mask). Change the layer settings so that the lines become more visible.

Step 4

Select both layers (“Sparkles copy”) and Isohelium (Threshold) and convert them into a smart object. Rename the new smart object to “Isohelium-Motion Blur” (“Threshold-Motion Blur”).

Step 5

In this step, we will enhance the blur effect and make the white stripes softer. To do this, we again go to Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur). In the filter settings, set the following values: angle (angle) – “-45 °”; offset (distance) – 23 pixels ..

Step 6

Right-click on the “Threshold Motion Blur” layer. In the sub-menu that appears, select New smart object through copying (New Smart Object via Copy). This will create a new object and make changes to it, without fear that they will affect other smart objects.

Step 7

Double-click the thumbnail of the new smart object to open it. Then make changes to the filter. Motion blur (Motion Blur) – set the angle to 45 °. Save a document opened in a new tab, and then close it in order to return to the main working canvas.

Step 8

Now, we will change the angle Motion blur (Motion Blur) for the “Isohelium-Motion Blur” layer (“Threshold-Motion Blur”). The value of the new angle will be 45 °.

Step 9

Change the blend mode of the top two smart objects to Screen (Screen). The result should look like the image below.

Step 10

As a result of our work, we get an animation with twinkling asterisks. To view the flicker, press the key. Space (Spacebar).

Stage 9. Decorate the background.

Step 1

Go back to the “Glitter Texture” layer and apply it as a clipping mask to the text layer. This will allow the texture to be applied to letters only.

Step 2

On the toolbar, activate Gradient (Gradient Tool). In the gradient settings, set the transition color from black to white. Gradient type – linear.
Stand on the background layer and toned it by dragging the gradient line from the top edge of the canvas to the bottom.

Step 3

In order to add color to the background, we will use an adjustment layer. Click on the mini-icon at the bottom of the layers panel and in the list select an adjustment layer called Color tone \ Saturation (Hue / Saturation). Use the settings shown in the figure below.

Step 4

Add some letters to the depth. To do this, double click on the text layer to go to the menu. Layer style (Layer Style).
In the settings, select the item Stamping (Bevel and Emboss). In order to get the desired effect, use the settings shown in the image below.

Step 5

Spend some time organizing the workspace.
Select all the layers related to the text and group them by pressing the key combination Ctrl + G. Then, apply the “Sparkles copy” smart object as a clipping mask to the new group.

Step 6

In the next steps we will continue to work with sparkles. Our main goal will be to add a handful of sparkles around the text. First of all, stand on the text layer and right click on it. In the menu that appears, select New smart object through copying (New Smart Object via Copy). Rename new copy layer to “Glitter Pile 1”. Place this layer on the panel as shown below.

Step 7

Double-click the mini icon of the smart object on the “Glitter Pile 1” layer with the left mouse button. This action will allow you to open the contents of this object. Then double-click the left mouse button on the icon with the text layer.

Step 8

Turn off the visibility of the text layer. Above it, create a new blank layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings of the brush, set the color to black; the type of brush is round standard. On the new layer, draw a black teardrop-shaped spot.

Step 9

Now save and close all deployed smart objects until you return to the main working document. As you can see, we got a new object on the working canvas. Place a black spot in the lower right corner (as shown in the image below).

Step 10

Duplicate the “Glitter Texture” layer by pressing the key combination Ctrl + J. Place a copy above the “Glitter Pile 1” layer and apply a copy texture as a clipping mask to the underlying layer.

Step 11

As a result of the above steps, we received a scattering of sparkles. Repeat the same set of actions and add more sparkles in the upper right corner.

Stage 10. We work with sparkles

Step 1

Stand on one of the glitter textures (“Glitter Texture” or “Glitter Texture” or “Glitter Texture copy”). Change the blend mode of the texture layer to Spot light (Pin Light).

This blending mode will make the sparkles more expressive. Then, change the blending mode for the other glitter texture layers.

Step 2

As an additional step, we will add some more details.
To do this, above each layer of “Glitter Texture”, create a new empty layer and apply it as a clipping mask to the underlying layer.
Now fill the empty layers with thick noise ..

Translator’s note: first of all, fill the layer with black color, set the default foreground color (black, white) and go to Filter – Noise – Add Noise.

Go to setting Impose if (Blend If), and moving the sliders adjust the effect of the new noise on the sparkles.

Translator’s note: in order to proceed to the Overlay if (Blend If), double click on the layer with noise – this will open the Layer Style window. Then open the tab “Overlay Settings”, at the bottom of which you will find the Overlay if setting.

Set the blending mode of the noise layer to Soft light (Soft Light).
Repeat the above steps for all layers with noise.

Step 3

The time has come to change the color of the plates. We will do this with the help of a new adjustment layer. Color tone \ Saturation (Hue / Saturation), which must be added above the group with text and sparkles as a clipping mask. The settings for the adjustment layer are shown in the image below.

Step 4

And finally, we can create an additional accent. For this we will use the tool Brush (Brush Tool). Brush type – square. Other settings you can take from the image below.

Step 5

Above the group with sequins and text, create a new layer (like a clipping mask). Set the color for the newly tuned brush to dark red. On the new layer, draw dark particles.

Step 6

On top of the previous layer, create another layer. Change the brush color to white. Draw white particles.

Stage 11. General adjustments

Step 1

Go to the layers panel and select all layers. Then convert the selected layers into a smart object. Thus, we got a single object for further animation.

Step 2

Before we continue, you need to check the final smart object that we created in the previous step. Double-click the smart object thumbnail. Note that some of the sparkles on the bottom layers do not have any texture. In the next steps we will fix it.

Step 3

Find the layer called “Glitter Texture”, which we previously used as a clipping mask for the “Glitter Pile 1” layer. Then, using transform, stretch the glitter texture so that it completely covers the black area.

Step 4

After making all the necessary adjustments, save the smart object and return to the main workspace.

Step 5

Add a vignette. Create a new layer and fill it with a dark red color. Add to this layer Layer mask (Layer Mask). Please note that when adding a new layer, the slider on the playback scale should be at the beginning of the clip.

Step 6

Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings, set a soft, round, black brush. Stand on the layer mask and paint the center. As a result, you should have a red vignette.

If the result does not quite suit you, you can additionally modify the red vignette. To do this, use the function Transform (Ctrl + T), and scale the layer vignette to your own taste.

Step 7

To complete the work on the vignette, you need to change the blending mode (blend mode) of the red layer to Multiplication (Multiply). Then reduce the opacity (opacity) of this layer at your own discretion.

Step 8

We work on the scene lighting. Above the vignette layer create a new layer. Activate the tool Brush (Brush Tool). In the settings, set a soft, round brush and add a few blue and purple spots of different sizes.

Step 9

Set the blend mode with colored spots to Linear Dodge (Linear Dodge), and opacity (opacity) – 34%.

Stage 12. Final animation

Step 1

In this step, we will add an animation that will create the effect of camera movement along the text. To accomplish this task, I will use the tricks from Andrew Kramer.

The first thing you need to do is add a few guide lines on the borders of our text.

Step 2

Switch to Timeline (Timeline Panel). Click on the mini arrow next to the name of the layer in order to open a list of possible actions. We are interested in the function Transformations (Transform).

Step 3

Make sure that the blue slider is set at the beginning of the scale, and then click on the stopwatch icon to create a keyframe.

Step 4

Press combination Ctrl + T, to go to the transformation. Then hold down the key Ctrl and Shift Drag the bottom right corner of the transformation frame.

Step 5

Do the same for the upper left corner of the transformation frame, and drag it slightly to the left. Press Enter to apply the transform.

Step 6

Drag the blue slider to the end point of the roller. Hold down the key combination again. Ctrl + T. When a transformation frame appears, return the position of the lower right node and the upper left node to the original positions. Do not rush to apply the changes! We will still modify the scene.

Step 7

Now let’s work with the lower left and upper right nodes of the frame. Change their position as shown in the example below. Please note that the keyframe was automatically added to our chart. Press Enter to apply the transform.

Step 8

Focusing on the guide lines, move the entire scene slightly to the left.

Step 9

Return to the beginning of the video and move the entire scene to the right (as shown below).

Step 10

As an additional step, we will work on the volume of our image and add depth of field. Thus, we get the so-called Tilt Shift-effect.
To do this, go to Filter – Blur – Tilt-Offset (Filter – Blur – Tilt Shift).
We apply this blur effect to a smart object, respectively, it will act as a smart filter.

Stage 13. Save the animation.

Step 1

Go to the final stage. Our task is to save the work received in the correct format. Switch to File – Export – Watch Video (File – Expor – Render Video).

Step 2

In the menu that appears, there are four groups of settings. In the first of the “Location” groups, you can give a name to the file and select a folder to save it.

Step 3

Consider the second group “File Options”. In this group you can select: Video encoding type, Frame Rate (Image Rate), Image Size, Format. Set the values ​​as shown below in the screenshot. Thanks to these settings, we set the recording file in the video format.

Step 4

The third group is “Range”. In this group, note that the function “Workspace“(Work Area). We will not consider the fourth group of settings in this lesson. You will need this group if there are 3D objects in the work.

Step 5

In order to apply the settings, click “Rendering“(Render). Do not forget, due to the fact that we worked with smart objects – the work can be corrected at any time! We can easily open any of the elements and filters and make the necessary changes!

My congratulations – you have completed a great job!

In this lesson, you learned how to create a very interesting postcard from a simple text layer, using smart objects, smart filters, and animation. I hope that you can apply the knowledge gained in your future projects!

Author: Stephen Petrany

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