How to Add Sparkle to a Diamond in Photoshop

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How to Add Sparkle to a Diamond in Photoshop
Use Photoshop's brush tools to make your diamond image pop. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Adding sparkles to your images of diamonds can add that extra pizazz that really makes your diamonds stand out. With the use of Adobe Photoshop brushes and layer properties, you can take any photo of a diamond and add as many sparkles as you desire. The crosshatch brush is perfectly formed to create realistic looking sparkles to diamonds and other jewels. You don't have to be a Photoshop expert to add sparkle to your photographs.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your image by selecting "File," then "Open" within Photoshop.

  2. 2

    Create a new layer by going to "Layer" at the top of your screen. Click on "New," and select "Layer."

  3. 3

    Click on the Brush Tool in the tool palette. Click on the small arrow pointing down next to the area labelled "Brush" at the top of your screen. Click on the arrows pointing to the right, then select "Load Brushes." This opens up a folder with the default Photoshop brushes. Choose the brushes titled "Assorted Brushes." Click "Load."

  4. 4

    Scroll down through the loaded brushes. Choose the brush shaped like an X with a 48 below it called "Crosshatch." Increase or decrease the size of the brush by dragging the slider labelled "Master Diameter" to the right or left.

  5. 5

    Go to the colour palette and change the colour to white. Choose a spot on the diamond you want to sparkle, and click your mouse in that spot. Repeat this process for multiple sparkles in different spots.

  6. 6

    Right click on the layer titled "Layer 1." Select "Duplicate Layer" to make your sparkles look brighter. Skip this step if you are satisfied with one layer of sparkles.

  7. 7

    Click on the bottom layer in the layer palette. Create a new layer by clicking on "Layer," then selecting "New" and choosing "Layer."

  8. 8

    Click on the Brush Tool in the tool palette. Choose the same x-shaped Crosshatch brush, but drag the slider to the left to make it smaller. Click on any spot in your image. Go to "Edit" at the top of your screen, then select "Transform" and choose "Rotate." Rotate the small sparkle until it looks like a cross instead of an x. Click on the Smudge Tool in the tool palette, and trace over any lines that became jagged in the rotation.

  9. 9

    Click on the Move Tool. Move the small sparkle behind the larger sparkle. Duplicate the small sparkle layer by right-clicking the layer in the layer palette and selecting "Duplicate Layer." Move the duplicated sparkle behind another one of the big sparkles. Repeat this process for multiple sparkles, or skip the duplicating process if you used only one larger sparkle.

  10. 10

    Click on the bottom layer in the layer palette. Create a new layer by clicking on "Layer," then selecting "New" and choosing "Layer."

  11. 11

    Click on the Brush Tool in the tool palette. Choose a circular brush with a feathered edge. Click the brush in the centre of one of the sparkles. Repeat this with all the sparkles in your image.

  12. 12

    Change the layer property of the circular brush. Click on the arrow next to the spot in the layer palette titled "Normal." Select "Soft Light."

  13. 13

    Change the opacity of any layers that appear too bright. Click on the layer you want to change the opacity of, then click on the arrow next to "Opacity." Drag the slider to the left to make the layer less visible.

  14. 14

    Flatten the image by clicking on "Layer," then "Flatten Image." Save the image by clicking on "File," then "Save as." Save the image as JPG or PNG for the best quality.

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