1What You'll Be Creating
In this tutorial you will learn how to create an amazing sparkling light effect. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create it, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.
1. Let's Get Started
First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open. Now, before we get started, just check a couple of things:
Your photo should be in RGB Color mode, 8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go to Image > Mode.
For best results, your photo size should be 2000–4000 px wide/high. To check this, go to Image > Image Size.
Your photo should be the Background layer. If it is not, go to Layer > New > Background from Layer.
Now we are going to crop the image to remove some of the space on the left. Choose the Crop Tool (C), and transform the Crop Box as shown below:
2. How to Create the Sparkling Lights
In this section, we are going to create sparkles. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Temp_1.
Now press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches. Then, go to Edit > Fill and set Contents to Foreground Color, Mode to Normal and Opacity to 100% as shown below:
Now go to Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint and set Type to Coarse Dots as shown below:
Go to Select > Color Range and using the Eyedropper Tool, select the white color by clicking on some of the white particles in your photo. Set the Fuzziness to 200, go to Select > Select and Mask, and choose the following settings:
Now hide this layer, go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer, and name it Temp_2.
Set the foreground color to #ffffff, go to Edit > Fill, and set Contents to Foreground Color, Mode to Normal, and Opacity to 100% as shown below. Then, press Control-D on your keyboard to deselect the selection.