Glitter text is a great way to draw attention to and jazz up a simple message. A graphic that says "Happy Birthday!" looks just a little more special with some sparkle thrown in. Luckily, you don't need to be a graphic artist to create a unique, glittery phrase; there are several websites that not only offer stock glitter text for major holidays and occasions, but also generate animations for your personalised text.
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Go to the Glitter Text Graphics website (see Resources). Input the text that you want to make glitter in the box marked "Text"; this is located directly below the advertisements, below the sample graphic that says "Glitter Graphics" displayed on the page. You can add up to a hundred characters.
Change the font settings to fit your needs. You can select a font from the "Font" drop-down menu or you can click the "Random Font" button to have the site pick one for you. Directly below the drop-down menu you can change the size of the font (in pixels).
Customise the two colours of your glitter text. The "Back Color" describes the outline of the text, while the "Text Color" defines everything inside the outline. You can enter a 6-digit HTML colour code, select a colour from a menu by clicking "Pick Color" or click "Random Color" to have one generated for you.
Click the "Create Glitter Graphics" button to generate your glitter text. You can post your glitter text to your favourite sites directly from the page by clicking the link to a site such as Facebook or Twitter; copy and paste the HTML code to post it on your favourite website; or right-click the image itself and select "Save Image As..." to save the glitter text to your computer.
Go to the Glitterfy website (see Resources). Select your glitter style from the first column; Glitterfy offers 10 different glitter styles, allowing you more control of your image.
Choose the font for your image from the second column. Four of the seven fonts have a drop down box that allows you to choose from a preset colour palette, while the other three only come in one colour.
Enter your text in the third column. You can have up to three lines of glittery text, with up to 20 characters per line of text. You can choose how to align these lines as left, centre or right; below the alignment options, select the size of your text as small, medium or large.
Click "Glitterfy Text" to generate your image. You can right-click on the image and select "Save Image As" to save the image to your computer; Glitterfy also offers BBCode (notice board code) for forums and HTML code for posting your image online.
Go to the Animated Names website (see Resources). Choose your animation and font styles; Animated Names offers a plethora of options in terms of style, but instead of customising each individual element, you select one style in its entirety.
Enter the text that you wish to generate; you can enter up to 22 characters.
Click the "Generate" button. On the next page, it will show your text; you can copy and paste either the HTML code or the forum UBBCode (ultimate notice board code) to paste on your website or signature. Because Animated Names compiles each letter as one image, you cannot save the entire text to your computer.
Tips and warnings
- With animations on the Internet, sometimes less is more. While a large flashy graphic may attract attention, it may not always be the kind of attention you want; consider using smaller fonts and more subtle glitter when appropriate.
- Most free websites will add some sort of watermark to your image; that way people who see your graphic will know how you created it and where they can make one of their own.
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