How to Get a Diamond Effect in Photoshop


Adobe Photoshop is a computer software program used by graphics designers and photographers to create and edit their images. For designers, Photoshop includes a number of tools and filters that can be used to produce digital visual effects, including making text or a geometric shape look like a diamond. These diamonds can then act as standalone images or be applied to logos or other graphics for a unique effect. Getting a diamond effect in Photoshop does not take much skill or experience and relies on a number of automatic Photoshop algorithms to produce the final product.

  • Create a new image in Photoshop by clicking on the "File" menu and selecting "New." Choose a size that is large enough to accommodate the size of the diamond effect you want to create. The background color does not matter and can be replaced later, but choose black so that the effect is most pronounced. Click "OK."

  • Create the shape you want to add a diamond effect to. If you want to make diamond text, choose the "Horizontal Text Tool," and type the text you wish to make into a diamond. The font and size does not matter, but large, thick fonts work best. If you want to make a shape into a diamond, trace the shape with the "Polygonal Lasso" tool and fill the selection with solid white using the "Paint Bucket" tool.

  • Hold down the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard ("Cmd" on Mac OS X), and click the layer with your text or shape in the layer pane. This will load a selection around your text or shape.

  • Open the "Filter" menu and choose "Render" and then "Clouds." This will add uneven coloration across the surface of your text or shape to more accurately represent the uneven surface of diamonds.

  • Return to the "Filter" menu and choose "Distort" and then "Glass." Move the distortion slider to the far right and the smoothness slider to the far left. Choose "Tiny Lens" as the texture, and move the scaling slider to adjust the size of the diamonds. Use a small number like 55 percent for smaller diamond and a larger number like 200 percent for larger diamond. Press "OK."

  • Make the diamonds look more shimmery rather than flat and gray by accessing the "Image" menu and choosing "Adjustment" and then "Curves." Move the white arrow to the left, almost to the center of the graph. Manipulate the slider left and right until the color and shimmer of the diamonds appears most realistic, and press "OK."

  • Choose the "Paintbrush" tool and select a cross-shaped brush such as "Starburst" from the drop-down menu. Paint crosses into the image by clicking on areas to add a glint to the diamonds. Concentrate on the edges and corners of your shape.

  • Lower the opacity of the layer by entering a value other than 100 percent into the Opacity box in the layers pane. An opacity of approximately 80 percent will give your diamonds a more translucent effect that looks more like actual diamonds.

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