How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Glitter… what’s not to love? Okay, the real thing isn’t so fun when you’re vacuuming it out of your furniture for months, but what about virtual glitter? Turn your sparkle rating to full because here we’ll show you how to glitter-bomb a photograph using GlitterStorm Photoshop Action.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

There are two main ways you can use this action, so I’ll go through both.

Method 1: Apply Glitter to Some of the Image

Brush Over Your Subject

This is the image I’ll be using. Choose an image that’s fun and will suit glitter.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Create a new layer named ‘brush’ and brush over your image

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Brush where you’d like glitter to appear. I’ve used red here so you can see it clearly, but you can use any colour you like.

Choose a Direction for Your Glitter

Choose from the five directional options. I’m using ‘down’ as I want the glitter to look like it’s falling from the sky

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Hit play and be prepared to wait a while for the action to do it’s work.

Don’t Panic!

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

You’ll have something that looks like this, but don’t panic. Scroll down the layers and find Background Colour which should be your first layer after Background. Click on the eye next to the layer to hide it and you’ll see your image—complete with added glitter.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Make Adjustments

The action is broken down into many layers.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

These allow you to do much more than turn groups of particles off and on, adjust contrast and so on. Unfortunately, they don’t allow you to do much more than that. What would have been useful would have been to have some colour or fill layers that could be adjusted, so that you could see the effectiveness of different colours.

Finish Up

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Here I’ve dropped some of the sharpening layers and hidden some of the groups of particles to make the effect a little more subtle.

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Method 2: Apply Glitter to Your Main Subject

The other way you can use this action is as the author intended it (so we can glean from his examples). You might have noticed that in the example above, the glitter is white and blue. This is because it uses the colours from the image and so in this sense, it may be more suited to colouring over the image itself.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Brush Over Your Subject

Create a ‘brush’ layer again, but this time, colour over your subject entirely.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

 Run the Action

This time I’m opting for left as the direction.

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

Okay, so the result is a little scary and now our subject looks to be screaming more than laughing as he turns into a living glitter ball. We can turn down some of the effects to improve things and quell the nightmares.

Make Adjustments

How to Glitterbomb a Photo in Adobe Photoshop (With an Action)

I’ve brushed the subject’s face back in and reduced some of the particles to lessen the effect. Much better, and no more night terrors!

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Happy glitter bombing!