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In this movie, I'm going to show you how to create the synthetic sparkle effect, that's coming off the model's synthetic pearl necklace. And even though it's realistically blurry, it comprises a couple of razor sharp vector based shape layers. Now, the effect I was going for is this, I'm going to scroll up my list of layers here, and turn on this layer called specular highlight. And you'll see this is a true photographic sparkle. And while mine is more clearly defined. This was ultimately the effects I was going for, with these rays of light and this hot centre. So, let's see how it works.
I'm going to switch over to my image in progress here, and go ahead just scroll down to the model's hand, and I'll zoom into the 100% zoom ratio like so. And then I'm going to close this logo group, so that we don't inadvertently create a shape inside of it. And I'm going to click on the fashion formula layer, so that we create our new elements underneath the teasers, which includes that black text above the hand. Now the first thing we need to create is a star. So I'll go ahead and drop down to the shave tool click, and hold on it and select the polygon tool from the fly out menu. And we need more sides then five of course, and you can either change the sides values by selecting and dialling in a new value.
Or I want to show you a keyboard short-cut. Any time you have one of these values associated with a shape tool, you can change it from the keyboard, by pressing a square bracket key. So if you press the right bracket key, you'll increase the value. If you press the left bracket, you decrease the value. Anyway, I want to take that value up to 12, like so. And if I were to draw the star now, you can see that it's more of a burst than what we're looking for. So, we'll go ahead and press Ctrl+z or Cmd +z on the Mac to undo that. I'll click on this little gear icon, and then I'm going to change this indent size value.
To 90% now you want star to be turned on of course. Smooth corners you want off because that would just smooth the outside, corners and then if you were to turn on smooth indents you would smooth the inside corners. We don't want either of those things. So just go ahead and press the Enter key on a PC or the Return key on a mac in order to hide that panel, and then drag from the top-right corner of this uppermost pearl. And you want to drag all the way to the top of the m, so I'm between the m and the i right there and I'll go ahead and release in order to create that shape. Now obviously black is a bad colour for a sparkle so we'll need to change that, but the first thing I'm going to do is double-click on the name of this item which is polygon one, which couldn't really be less helpful.
And then I'll change this layer name to star. And next just so I can get a sense of how the star is going to look when I colour it properly, I'm going to change the blend mode from normal to the ultimate glow mode, which is screen. Now screen treats black as invisible. That's why we're seeing through the star now. I want to change the colour of the star to a custom colour that I'm going to lift from the image. And the easiest way to do that is to double-click on the thumbnail for that star layer and that'll bring up the Colour Picker dialogue box. Then move your cursor out into the image window, and click on one of the lighter colours inside that image.
Now, I ultimately adjust these values a little bit. I went ahead and changed the hue value to 35 degrees just to give the colour a little more redness. And I took the saturation value down to 35%, and then I cranked the brightness value up to 100% in order to come out with this colour here. Now it's really a shade of pale orange, but once it's set to the screen mode, which gives it more of a glow effect, then it turns kind of yellowish. Now I'll click OK in order to accept that change. Next I'll go ahead and blue that star a little bit.
So the first thing I'm going to do is press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a Mac to hide the shape outline. And then I want to bring out the Properties panel. And you can do that by going to the Window menu and choosing the Properties cmd. And you'll see that there's this feather value that's available to us right there, and that allows us to soften even vector-based shapes. So I start by clicking inside the feather value, then I press Shift+Arrow up a couple of times in order to increase that feather value in one pixel increments. And then I press the Arrow up key a few times in order to increase that value in decimal increments, and the ultimate value that I came up with is this one here, 2.5 pixels.
All right, next, what we want to do is add that glowing centre. So, I'm going to hide the properties panel, and then I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on the mac in order to bring back my star. I'm going to create the glow using of course the ellipse tool, because it's circular. And then, I'll begin dragging from the centre of the star, about right there. And as I'll drag I'll press the alt key, or the option key on the mac. So I'm creating the shape from the center outward. And also press the Shift key, in order to constrain the shape to a perfect circle, like so.
And you might need to use the Space bar a little bit, in order to get that shape properly aligned. By the way, you want to press and hold the Shift and Alt keys, or the Shift and Option keys on the Mac, after you begin dragging. That's very important. Otherwise, you'll end up adding or subtracting from the current shape. Once you get a shape that's just a little bigger than one of the pearls, then go ahead and release the mouse button, and then release the shift and Alt or Shift and Option keys. And now I'm going to rename this layer circle, because after all, that's what it is. And it automatically comes in at the same colour as the star, but we lost the blend mode.
So I'll switch it from normal back to screen once again, in order to achieve this effect. And next I'll press Ctrl+H or Cmd+H on a mac. In order to hide that edge. And I'll once again bring back up the Properties panel. And here's another way to get to the panel very quickly. If you've got a layer mask available to you, as you do in the case of logo group, just double-click on it's thumbnail. And that'll bring up the Properties panel, and also switches you to a different layer. Then, you want to go ahead and click on Circle, to switch back to it. And with any luck, the circle will still be hidden.
If for some reason, Ctrl or Cmd+H doesn't work for you, then add the Shift key. So press Ctrl+Shift+H, or Cmd+Shift+H on the Mac. And then, I went ahead and clicked on the Feather value again, and I pressed Shift-Up Arrow, a total of eight times, in order to raise that Feather value to eight pixels. And we end up with this effect here. Now looks pretty good I just felt like it wasn't quite hot enough, so I went ahead and selected both the circle and the star layer by clicking on one and Shift clicking on the other. And then I switched the blend mode to the brightest of the lightning modes, which is linear dodge in parenthesis add.
In order to achieve this slightly brighter effect. And that folks is how you create a synthetic sparkle, using shape layers combined with a feather value inside the properties panel.
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