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Glam Gold Text Effect + Free PSD Download

Classic, simple and elegant text effects don’t go out of style. This tutorial will show you a very easy way to create a fully editable, glam gold text effect using layer styles, and create a nice shadow using a couple of blur filters.

The effect is fully editable, so you can change the text it’s applied to any time without the need to recreate the effect itself.

You can download the PSD source file for this tutorial for FREE. Download link at the end of the tutorial. ;)

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CC
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 741 px document and duplicate the Background layer.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 1

Double click the Background copy layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with the following settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Style : Radial
  • Scale : 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient using the colors #606060 to the left and #232323 to the right.
Glam Gold Text Effect step 1

This will apply a simple radial gradient to the Background copy layer.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 1

Place the Black Fabric Texture Soft Cloth Suede Fuzzy Stock image on top of both Background layers, and change its layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

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Step 2

Create the text in All Caps using the font Bevan Regular, the Size 250 pt, the color #ac813d, and change the Kerning value in the Character panel (Window > Character) to Optical. Duplicate the text layer.

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Duplicate the copy text layer, change the copy’s Fill value to 0, and duplicate it.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Double click the first copy text layer (not the original one) to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 30
  • Size : 15
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Color : #e0e0e0
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #4f3a11
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– Stroke

  • Size : 1
  • Fill Type : Gradient
  • Angle : 90
  • Use the Gold label 120xs gradient fill.
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– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #78614b
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 16
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– Drop Shadow

  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 146
  • Distance : 15
  • Size : 9
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This will add the shadow and the subtle shiny stroke.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Double click the second copy text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Size : 16
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 45
  • Altitude : 74
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
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– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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– Texture

  • Pattern : Clouds
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This will style the first layer of the textured text.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 4

Step 5

Double click the third copy text layer to apply the following Layer Style:

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Size : 30
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 15
  • Altitude : 50
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
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– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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– Texture

  • Pattern : Hex Metal Mesh
  • Depth : 75%
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This will add the second layer of textured text. Using two textured layers creates a more dynamic effect.

Glam Gold Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Select the original text layer, and change the text color to #252525.

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Go to Filter > Convert for Smart Filters. This will convert the text layer into a Smart Object, which will help keep the text editable, and apply non-destructive filters.

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Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur. Change the Angle to 90 and the Distance to 200.

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Change the smart object layer’s Blend Mode to Color Burn and its Opacity to 50%.

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Select the Move Tool, then use the Down Arrow Key (or Shift + Down Arrow Key for larger increments) to move the shadow downwards until its top aligns with the text’s top.

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Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, and change the Radius to 15. This will smooth the shadow’s harsh edges.

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Create a new layer right on top of the Background copy layer, call it Light, and change its Opacity to 50%.

Pick the Brush Tool, set the Foreground color to #606060, and use a large soft round tip to add a couple of big dots behind the text, in order to lighten that area up a little bit.

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You can change the text any time you like. To do so, you’ll need to double click each text layer’s thumbnail to change its content, and double click the smart object’s thumbnail to open the shadow’s text layer, edit it, save it (File > Save), and close it to view the updates in the original file.

You can also download the PSD source file for this tutorial, and use the effect for personal and commercial purposes :D

Download – 3.92 MB

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful :)