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Monday, November 23, 2009

Tinsel in Photoshop


This tutorial will show you how to make tinsel in Photoshop.


Christmas Glitter Tiles
Rectangle Brushes

Glitter Pattern
There are many glitter styles available from various blogs.  You can use one of them or perform the following steps to make your own.

1.  Open up the HGG_glitter-silver.png or follow my metallic glitter tutorial to make your own glitter tile.

2.  Go to the Edit menu and select Define Pattern.

3.  Give your pattern a name.

1.  Install the HGG_rectangle.abr brush set by going to the Brush Palette and selecting the three lines in the upper right-hand corner.

2.  Choose Load Brushes from the menu.

3.  Find the HGG_rectangle.abr file and load it.

4.  The brush is designed for a 300 high by 3600 wide canvas, so open up a canvas of this size, then select the brush tool.  If you choose a smaller height, you may need to reduce the size of the brush.

5.  Select the Tinsel Brush Preset.

6.  Click once on the left side of the canvas.

7.  Press the shift key and click once on the right side of the canvas.

8.  Add a pattern overlay by going to Layer > Layer Styles > Pattern Overlay.

9.  Select the glitter pattern from the pattern menu.

Or if you have a glitter style, then go to the Styles Palette and apply the style.

10.  Add a color overlay to the glitter if you want tinsel in a color other than silver.  Set the blend mode to Color Burn.

Now you have tinsel.  If you want a curve, draw across the canvas with the brush instead of holding the shift key and clicking.  For multiple colors, try a gradient overlay with the blend mode set to Color Burn.

I also applied a drop shadow to make the tinsel stand out and appear more three-dimensional.

Available in PDF.


  1. Turned out awesome~! Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Nov. 24, 2009. Thanks again.

  3. Thank you so very much for the Photoshop tutorial. As I cannot use PSP on a Mac I really appreciate your giving the tutorial in PS too.

  4. That really helped explore my skill with Photoshop. Thanks.

  5. This a an excellent tutorial but any chance you can actually make HGG_rectangle.asl available as a download link? I've searched your site and I can't see it at all.

    Many thanks

  6. Go up to supplies and click the link for the rectangle brushes.

  7. Thank you so much for this tut and for your brushes.
    Also for your instructions on how to install brushes etc.
    I am so looking forward to exploring more of the goodies you have here.
    My thanks again and greetings from Australia.

  8. Thank you so much for this! Extraordinarily helpful.

  9. Hi, there! I have looked high and low for a tutorial for garland! Thank you for offering this!

    I have a question, though. In the directions you refer twice to the "HGG_rectangle.asl". Did you mean to say '.abr'? It fits with the tut, but, I want to make sure. I appreciates it! Happy New Year!


  10. Yes, it should be .abr. I have now corrected the tutorial.