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Foogie's Sparkle/Brushmaking Tutorial by foogie Foogie's Sparkle/Brushmaking Tutorial by foogie
So many people have asked me over the years about how I do my sparkles... I finally decided I should make a huge, overly-wordy and in-depth tutorial about the entire process! XD Everything from how to make the brush in the first place, down to how to manipulate settings of your brush to get different effects!


I apologize now for how long and boring it is. Once I get started putting my process down on paper, it's kinda like how I'm a detail whore in my artwork... I have to put down every little detail, every thought process, and tips/tricks I use... but I made the important words different colors, to make it easier for those of you who like to just scan through things instead of reading all the words I worked so hard on to put into writing. >_> lol


Anyways, many of you are already aware of my sparkle fetish- I don't submit anything that doesn't at least have a few little sparkles on it, and back in the day when my sparkle fetish went totally unchecked, I produced some incredibly eye-raping works.... So with great power, comes great responsibility! XD Use this information which I am giving you wisely... for in the wrong hands it could be disastrous!!!
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lol just kidding. but in all seriousness, learn to use these tools properly and there's no limit to what you can do with it! Some of my uses of these techniques include (but are not limited to) sparkles and stars (of course), bubbles/bokeh, hearts, chains, strings of pearls, borders, leaves on trees/plants, lace, butterflies, crystal detailing, and other magical effects.

I hope This tutorial can be helpful for some of you out there! :D

Enjoy!

...and if you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to ask!! :D





See my gallery for examples of how I've used the information in this tutorial!

Commissions are OPEN! Sketches start at 10$!
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:iconovelayotli:
Ovelayotli Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014   Digital Artist
Pretty nice tutorial! thanks for sharing it :D
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D  I'm glad you found it useful!
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moyashiii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really cool, thank you!! :D 
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad it was useful for you!  :)
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LimeTiger711 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist
This is awesome :D
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks, I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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LimeTiger711 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist
I'm glad you made it! :D
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YueLights Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice tutorial^^


I try it instantly and I wonder. I can't define my sparkle as brush o.O
Just grey unclickable words. So may any tip?
Greets, Yue
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Did you remember to remove all your pen tool lines? If there are any remaining, that would prevent the "Define Brush Preset" menu item as being clickable...

Do a double check by selecting the pen tool, left clicking on the canvas, and selecting "Delete Path"...

If that still doesn't work, let me know and I'll see what else I can find that could be the problem D:
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kagaminerin120 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:iconmoo-plz:
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha

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dororoandkururu Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
I've always wondered how people made these and thought that it was really complicated
Thank you for making this
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I'm glad I could show you how easy it really is! XD
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why does my intersection look like this ;A; [link]
I'm retarded
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foogie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, there's something odd in the way your actual brush is set up- In the tutorial it talks about going into the brush settings at the very end- you're gonna have to do that with your brushes here too! When you have your brush selected (size and everything, ready to go stroke your lines), click on the "Brushes" tab at the top... then go into the "Shape Dynamics" sub-menu.... in there, go to the first "Control" drop-down list, and I believe yours should currently be set to 'Fade' or something? Set that to "Pen Pressure" instead.... Your brush's settings under the Shape Dynamics tab should look like this: [link]

I hope that solved it for you!
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Alislinn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awwwww
thank you for taking your time explaining me this!!!!!
I'll go now and try it
Thanks a lot! >__________<
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! :)
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Reixma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always wondered how it was done. Now I know! ^_^~x
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD I'm glad to share the knowledge, cuz It's not hard at all! :D
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Reixma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good good! ^_^~x
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Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think you bored too much with the details. XD It's very thorough without being too complicated. ^^ Seeing as I make lots of sparkling things myself in GIMP, (Especially with space art!) brushes like this would save me a lot of time manually drawing each of them. Thanks for posting the tutorial. ^^
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, thanks! XD I'm glad you found it of use :)
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:iconmr-glaceon:
Mr-Glaceon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. ^^ And yeah, I did. XD It's a great guide.
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bluerosefantasy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! ^^
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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w0lfh4wk Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013   General Artist
Wow......... really wish I knew how to transfer these techniques to GIMP
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, yeah- can't help you on that one... I've never used GIMP XD

I'm sure there's a way though! maybe try googling it :)
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ChocoSenpai Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I'll be sure to try this out! Thanks! ^^
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you found it useful! :D
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soniamanga Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
how nice this tutorial, I needed right!
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:iconfoogie:
foogie Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you've found it useful! :D
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ShadowedLullaby Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
T-T I really need to get photoshop!
Such a wonderful tut foogie!
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foogie Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD thank you!
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