This is a quick little After Effects tut for using shape layers to make a sparkle in your animation.
It’s a goofy effect and I find myself using it with some frequency.
I used to do it with layer masks, but the Shape Layers is much faster and easier.
NOTE: The basic tutorial takes about 2 minutes… after that it’s just building a small scene to use the sparkle in. So it’s still a Quick Tip!
If you want to download the sparkle file, here’s the link (CS6):