How To Add Sparkles To Photos

How To Add Sparkles To Photos

I’m in several bow making groups on facebook, and recently had some help learning how to add sparkles to photos. This is a great way to show off rhinestones or sequin details in your handmade bows or sewing projects!

How To Add Sparkles To Photos

I used to think it was cheating, but the truth is the camera doesn’t pick up infrared and refracted light very well. Seasoned hair bow shoppers appreciate being able to quickly spot the embellishments. Customers need to see where the bling is, because they are paying for those little details! Below is the “before” photo.

How To Add Sparkles To Your Photo

Scroll down and look again. Now your eyes are drawn to the Swarovski crystals I’ve added using my hotfix tool. (Amazon afiliate link, because I bet you want one too.)

How To Add Sparkles To Photos

My sparkles aren’t perfect, but this was my first time using it. It’s so easy! The app I used is PicsArt. It’s compatible with iPhone and iPad, and probably everything else too. I’ve never been able to use PicMonkey with Apple devices, surely there are others who had the same problem?

How To Add Sparkles To Your Photos

Anyhow, you just pull up your photo, and select “Lens Flare”. Choose the design that looks the most natural with your project. You can click, drag, rotate, and resize your sparkles.

Free App To Add Sparkles To Photos

I’m using the free version so there are ads. Here are some of the options available for the unpaid version.

How to add sparkles to photos

Hope this helps someone out there; I was really grateful to find this app.

I have lots of bows in the MayenDesigns Etsy shop, so swing by and have a look! Halloween bows are coming soon. And…eventually I’ll get back to sewing. Have a great week!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Mel

    Love the sparkles my glitter projects never look sparkly in photos. I want a hot fix tool.
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