How to Do the Jewelry Spark Effect in Photoshop

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How to Do the Jewelry Spark Effect in Photoshop
Add lustre to dull-looking jewellery in photographs. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Necklaces, bracelets and rings on photographs should catch the light, especially if jewellery is the focus of your photos. However, jewellery often appears lacklustre in photos without proper lighting, but you can increase the sparkle of jewellery in your pictures by using Photoshop's "Paintbrush" tool to add and improve image highlights. Another option is Photoshop's "Lens Flare" filter, which generates vivid highlights that look similar to how a lens reflects areas of intense light.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    File Setup

  1. 1

    Choose "File" and "Open," select the jewellery photograph you want to enhance and click "Open."

  2. 2

    Click-and-drag the "Background" layer to the "New Layer" icon to duplicate the image.

  3. 3

    Go to "File," "Save As" and save your file under a new name.

    Paintbrush

  1. 1

    Click the "New Layer" icon, then change the new layer's blending mode from "Normal" to "Overlay."

  2. 2

    Click on the "Paintbrush" icon in the "Tools" panel.

  3. 3

    Go to the "Options" bar and choose a soft round brush. Change the size of the brush to match the size of the sparkle you want on the jewellery.

  4. 4

    Press "D" on the keyboard to change the colours to default black and white, then press "X" to make white the foreground colour.

  5. 5

    Click within the image to add sparkles. Follow the natural lighting in the photograph; use the "paintbrush" to augment existing highlights.

  6. 6

    Choose "Filter," "Blur" and "Gaussian Blur." Adjust the blur "Radius" slider to an amount that softens the edges of the highlights you painted. Click "OK" when you finish fine-tuning the setting.

  7. 7

    Click on the layer's opacity and decrease the setting if the highlights appear too bright.

    Lens Flare Filter

  1. 1

    Click on the duplicate "Background" layer you created to select it.

  2. 2

    Go to "Filter," "Render" and choose "Lens Flare."

  3. 3

    Modify the position of the "flare" by clicking within the preview window and moving it.

  4. 4

    Adjust the "Brightness" of the "Lens Flare" by shifting the slider's position.

  5. 5

    Choose a "Lens Type" for the filter. Each "Lens Type" produces a different reflection effect.

  6. 6

    Click "OK" to apply the filter to the image.

  7. 7

    Decrease the intensity of the filter by reducing the layer's opacity or changing its "Blending Mode" to reveal the unaltered "Background" layer.

Tips and warnings

  • For a whimsical effect, choose a star brush instead of a soft round brush, and paint on the brightest highlights in the photos to create extra sparkle.
  • When using the "Lens Flare" filter, you may need to experiment with the different "Lens Types" until you find the one prefer. After applying the filter, press "Ctrl" and "Z" to undo the changes and then apply the filter again using a different setting.

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