My current fascination with glitter can be traced to Kate Spade’s color for the month of June: gold. Though it’s already July, they haven’t updated the color theme yet, so if you visit right away, you’ll see what I mean.
I was especially drawn to the gold glitter textures used throughout the site and I wanted — needed — to know how they accomplished this effect. So I set about trying to create my own glitter texture:
After innumerable attempts, this is what I came up with. Although it almost looks like the Kate Spade original, it doesn’t quite look like “glitter” — the grain is a little too fine and uniform. If any of you know the right technique, please let me know — I’d appreciate it.
edited to add 7/3/11 1:30PM:
My pal, Anilu, shared a link in her comment to a tried and true glitter tutorial. I played around with it this morning, and by jove, the results look like real coarse glitter. So, depending on the look you’re going for (fine or coarse), these are tutorials are worth a try. Thanks, Anilu — this was fun!
I hope you enjoy making your own glitter textures! As a bonus for my premium members, feel free to download my exercise files below (2 PSDs, 3 JPGs). If you have Photoshop, you can use the color picker to choose your own colors. And if you don’t have Photoshop, you’ll find the gold textures I made in this post as JPGs — ready to use and ready to go!
stationery texture tutorial
faraco hand from dafont
bm harry from dafont
script bt from myfonts