How to Create a Jewelry Sparkle or Shine Effect


Without Shine Effect


With Shine Effect

This tutorial is to help you learn how to add a sparkle to someone’s jewelry in any photo. This technique can add a little something extra if you are making any sort of special effects picture. Ok, once you have your picture open in photoshop:

1. Make a copy of the Background Layer, so you have two layers with the exact same photo on them (Layer>Duplicate Layer).

2. On the bottom layer (Background), Apply a Lens Flare Filter (Filter>Render>Lens Flare).  For this photo I used the following Options:

3. In the Lens Filter Dialog Box, move the lens flare over the spot where you want it.  Adjust the Brightness to about 79.  And select the 105mm Prime Lens Type.


When you click OK, don’t be worried if you don’t see the flare because the top layer is blocking it from being seen.

4. In order to make the sparkle look more realistic, select the top layer (the duplicate layer you created in step 1), and set the Layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.


For different photos, the process and amount of adjustment won’t be exactly the same.  But you can apply this technique to any photo that has any kind of jewelry in it.


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5 responses to “How to Create a Jewelry Sparkle or Shine Effect”

  1. angela says:

    Great instructions right up to he end. I’m new a cs4 bu I have boh layers completed and the picture doesnt look any different even though each step worked along the way. I’m thinking that I need to do something to finish the process…are there directions missing?


  2. Thanks – this is just the tutorial I was looking for. In fact, I’ve been looking for quite some time.

  3. aj says:

    Finally a tutorial that explains well. Thank you very much.

  4. emily says:

    fantastic instructions, helped me get it first time. thank you!

  5. Pouya says:

    Gooooooooooooood! Thank you.

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