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Polished Stone Text Effect

This tutorial explains how to use multiple Layer Styles, a cool Gradient Inner Glow trick, and simple filters to create a glossy polished stone-like text effect.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS6 Extended
  • Time : 0:30 – 0:45

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Step 1

Create a new 1600 x 1200 px document. Set the Foreground color to #4b4133 and the Background color to #190500, pick the Gradient Tool, click the Radial Gradient icon in the Options bar, then click and drag from the center of the document to one of the corners.

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Place the Black Texture image on top of the Background then change its layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay.

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Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels, and change the Gamma value to 1.90 to brighten up the texture a little bit.

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Create the text with the color #7c7c7c. The font used is Piximisa, and the Size is 300 pt. If you have more than one line of text, place each line in a separate layer as we are going to use a Gradient Stroke later on.

Duplicate each text layer two times, so that you have two copies besides the original layer. Then, change the third text layer copy’s Fill value to 0%.

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Step 2

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Style : Stroke Emboss
  • Gloss Contour : Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode – Color : #ffd570
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– Contour

  • Contour : Cone – Asymmetrical
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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– Stroke

  • Size : 5
  • Fill Type : Gradient
  • Choose the Gold Label 55z gradient from the Goldmedal.grd file in the gradients pack folder.
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– Drop Shadow

  • Distance : 12
  • Spread : 40
  • Size : 15
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This will create a shiny stroke for the text. The cool thing about the Stroke Emboss is that it’s an easier option for creating a simple stroke without the need for creating and stroking work paths then styling them.

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Step 3

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Soft
  • Size : 21
  • Highlight Mode : Soft Light
  • Color : #eaffd4
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– Contour

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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– Inner Glow

  • Blend Mode : Vivid Light
  • Choose the Gradient fill type using the gradient CSP Agate Gradient XV from the CSP Agate Gradients.grd file in the gradients pack folder.
  • Size : 45
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
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– Drop Shadow
Use the default values.

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This will add the main texture to the text without using any filters; just a simple glow trick using the gradient. You can try applying some other gradients to see how they look if you like as well.

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Step 4

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

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Depth : 250
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 11
  • Altitude : 37
  • Gloss Contour : Cone – Asymmetrical
  • Highlight Mode : Vivid Light
  • Shadow Mode Opacity : 50%
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– Contour

  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
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This will add a glossy effect to the text.

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Step 5

Create a new layer below the second text layer copy and call it Texture. Then set the Foreground color to #213926, and the Background color to #cbb99d.

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Ctrl/Cmd + click a text layer’s thumbnail to create a selection.

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Go to Filter > Render > Clouds, then go to Select > Deselect to get rid of the selection.

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Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Artistic > Poster Edges, and change the values as below:

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Go to Filter > (Filter Gallery) > Artistic > Sponge, and change the values as below:

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Change the Texture layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay. This will add a subtle texture and a nice color to the text.

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Step 6

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel and choose Gradient Map.

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Make sure that the adjustment layer is on top of all layers then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 50%.

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Create the Gradient using the colors #736357 to the left, and #213926 to the right.

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Add another Gradient Map Adjustment Layer on top of all layers, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 30%. The gradient used is called Childhood_CC and is found in the BoahmedAllinone.grd file in the gradients pack folder.

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The adjustment layers add nice coloring to the final result. Hope you’ve enjoyed the tutorial and found it helpful.