How to add sparkles to a picture

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How to add sparkles to a picture
Sparkle effects can add life to bland photos. (Sparkling presents against retro background image by Stasys Eidiejus from

Sparkle, or glitter, effects can spice up the aesthetic appeal of bland pictures. You can embed sparkling pictures in Web pages or use them as avatars in online forums. All you need to add sparkles to your images is a glitter effects graphics utility. You can find a wide selection of glitter effects software online for free.

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    Add sparkles to your photo using Glitterphoto's free utility (see Resources). Use the website's built-in upload feature to upload your photo, or paste an image's URL into the utility. Press Glitterphoto's toolbar buttons to add sparkles to your photo. Add sparkled text with "Glitter text" or overlay the whole image with sparkles using the "Sparkle Background" option. You can also add sparkles to specific regions of your photo using the "Glitter Fill" option.

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    Use Addglitter's Web-based graphics utility (see Resources) to make your picture sparkle. Addglitter gives you the ability to add sparkles to pictures hosted online. The utility generates an HTML code for embedding the finished photo into a Web page. Move your mouse to add sparkles to your image. Simply click on an area to add a sparkle -- you can even add random sparkles. You can choose from several colours and sparkles particle templates to add to your image.

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    Employ GlitterFly's online graphics utility to add sparkles to your picture (see Resources). Upload an image to GlitterFly via a Web address or from your computer. Select from several glitter templates -- sparkles are generated at random across your image. Add custom text to your upload -- the text doesn't sparkle, however. You can download images in GIF or capture their HTML embed codes.

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