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Old Decorated Metal Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to use Layer Layer Style to create a metal text effect, and then add a very nice decoration texture using only a couple of filters, without the need for brushes or texture images. After that, some adjustment layers will be added to give the final effect an aged look.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 0:45 – 1:15

Resources

Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document. Set the Foreground color to #919191, and the Background color to #493728, then, create a Radial Gradient from the top center of the document to one of the corners at the bottom.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 1

Place the Untitled texture 66 image on top of the Background layer, then change its Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 70%.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 1

Create the text using the color #7b7b7b. The font used is Titania, and the Size is 300 px.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 1

Duplicate the text layer, and change the original layer’s Fill value to 0.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 1

Step 2

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #686868
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 30
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #634e38
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 10
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Luminosity
  • Color : #786450
  • Size : 18
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Soft
  • Depth : 250
  • Size : 16
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 90
  • Altitude : 30
  • Gloss Contour : Notched Slope
  • Highlight Mode : Overlay
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #7b7b7b
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

– Contour

  • Contour : Half Round
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

This should give the text a nice metallic look.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

Now, double click the original text layer to apply a Drop Shadow effect:

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #6d5b4a
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : -170
  • Distance : 10
  • Size : 25
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

This should intensify the shadow around the text, giving it even more depth.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 2

Step 3

Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it Texture. Ctrl/Cmd + click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 3

Switch between the Foreground and Background colors, then fill the selection with the new Foreground color. Press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 3

Right click the Texture layer, and choose Convert to Smart Object. Smart Objects preserve an image’s source content with all its original characteristics, enabling you to perform nondestructive editing to the layer. This simply means that we will be applying a couple of Filters to this layer, and we will still be able to edit the Filter’s values after applying them. This will come in handy later on.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 3

Notice the small icon that appears at the bottom right corner of the layer.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 3

Step 4

Change the values for each Filter as shown in the images below:

Start by going to Filter > Render > Fibers

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4

Filter > Sketch > Plaster

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4

Filter > Sketch > Chrome

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4

Filter > Sketch > Notepaper

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4
Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 4

* You can click the small arrow on the right of the Texture layer to expand the list of filters used, and then double click the name of any filter to change its values. You might need to change the values for both the Chrome and Notepaper filters if you are using a different font or size for your text, or if you would like to see how the different values affect the final result.

After applying the Filters, change the Texture layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply.

Step 5

Duplicate Layer 1 and drag the copy to the top. Create a selection once again.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Click the Add layer mask icon in the Layers panel to create a mask using the selection.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Create a new layer right below both text layers and call it Shadow. Use a 40 px soft round brush to create some shadow spots. The color is still the Foreground color (#493728).

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Change the Shadow layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply and its Opacity to 70%.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Press Ctrl/Cmd + T to free transform the spots, type in 45% in the Height box in the Options bar at the top, or any other value you like. Move the shadow if necessary, then hit Enter/Return to accept the changes.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and apply a simple blur to the shadow you created.

Note that you might need to do the previous steps on a separate layer for each horizontal line of text you have, then you can merge all layers in one layer.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

You can as well go ahead and erase any unwanted parts.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 5

Step 6

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel, then choose Color Balance.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

We are going to adjust the Highlights and Midtones values as shown below:

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

This will add a vintage feel to the effect.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

Once again, click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon, but this time choose Photo Filter.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

You can see how the different filters affect the image, but right here the filter used is the Orange Filter. It gives warmth to the final effect.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

If the text seems too dark, you can go ahead and reduce the Layer 1 copy layer’s Opacity value. Here, it is reduced to 25%.

Old Decorated Metal Text Effect step 6

That’s it!


  • Sue

    I’m using CS4 and Step 5 does not create the effect shown – it simply creates a darker version of the previous effect. Is there a step missing, or is it because I’m using an earlier version?

    • textuts

      I don’t think the version has anything to do with it. Do you mean that when you click the mask icon no mask is created? Because this step aims to darken the effect, so if the text looks darker it’s Ok, you can go ahead and lower the Opacity value if you like. But if this is not the problem, then please add more details so that I can know what the problem exactly is.
      Cheers!

  • http://974322.blogbus.com iandyes

    I like it!!! So good so nice!!!
    But difficult After the “Filter -> Sketch -> Notepaper”
    How to do that?

    • textuts

      Do what exactly? :)

  • Steve

    Not a single step worked. You missed something somewhere

    • textuts

      Ooops! That’s awkward!
      Please tell me what exactly did not work so that I can help.

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  • moai5355

    Nice work!
    Thanks…^^

    • textuts

      Thanks for the comment :)

  • moai5355

    I finished step 4 but I could’t see like picture of step5.
    I have last picture on step4. How can I make like step5 picture

    • textuts

      You need to change the “Texture” layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply. Added that to the tutorial.
      Sorry for the inconvenience :)

      • moai5355

        Thanks…^^

        • textuts

          You’re welcome :)

  • bölme duvar

    think it is very useful for personal development like Web thanks

    • textuts

      Glad you do.
      Thanks for the comment.

      • Diane

        Thank you for a fantastic tutorial. Is there any way of all of the saving the steps to use again.

        • textuts

          You’re welcome!
          I think you might mean something like saving the steps as an “action”? In this case, it’d be a bit hard to explain that right here, but this might help you.
          If I misunderstood your point, please feel free to add a reply.

          Thanks a lot for the comment :)

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  • http://www.web-quebec.com Yannick

    Superb effect, thanks, I’ve been looking exactly for this effect for an Iron Working web site.

    • textuts

      That’s great to know!
      Thank you for the comment :)

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  • http://www.webdesign.123coimbatore.com Web designing

    By using this we can learn photo shop very easily. thanks

    • textuts

      It’s awesome that you find it useful :D
      Thank you so much for the comment :)

  • LivE

    i just discovered your site; love the way you do your tutorials – they’re very clear and the screenshots are excellent. thank you for sharing your knowledge – you rock! :)

    • textuts

      That’s so nice of you, glad you found the tutorials easy to follow.
      Thank you so much for the kind words, I really appreciate them :)

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  • disparvulgo

    thx a lot! it worked perfectly!

    • textuts

      Great!
      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • María alonso

    Fantástico, no me ha quedado exacto pero creo que es falta de práctica.
    Gracias por compartir

    • textuts

      Practice makes perfect indeed :)
      Muchas gracias for the comment.

  • bugz

    The notepad filter image balance should be reduced to get the effect you have shown .. tired it got it.. thanx for the tutorial

    • textuts

      It depends on the text you are using, and the font and fonts size. So just like mentioned at the end of Step 4, you might need to adjust the values a bit. And that’s where the Smart Object comes in handy.

      Glad you were able to modify your design.

      Thanks a lot for the comment.

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  • cmicaels

    I’m using the CS6 version and the filters doesn’t have the sketch option :( but the end effect is still cite :)

    • textuts

      You might not find it if you followed the exact path. The filter categories have been taken out from Photoshop CS6 Filter menu. But you can still find all the filters if you go to Filter -> Filter Gallery.

      You can show the categories back in the Filter menu by going to Edit -> Preferences -> Plug-Ins, and checking the “Show all Filter Gallery groups and names” box.

      Hope this helps.

      Thank you for the comment :)

  • http://www.saqisoft.blogspot.com Saqib

    This website and its tips are very nice and helpfull to understand the tools and their fuctions…………
    Awesome tuts…………

    • textuts

      Very glad to know you found it so!
      Really appreciate your kind words.
      Thanks for the comment.

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