This tutorial explains how to use Layer Styles and Filters to create an elegant shiny gold text effect.
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The Final Result:
* the software used in this tutorial is Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, but you can use CS3+ versions as well.
* you might want to check the Basix Page to see some useful topics on dealing with Photoshop basics, such as loading palettes and some shortcuts.
* Damask blueish by ~TechII.
- Open the Damask blueish image, then go to Edit -> Define Pattern, and click OK.
- Create a new 1152 x 900 px document. Then, Set the Foreground color to #8a5240 and the Background color to #310901. Pick the Gradient Tool, choose the Foreground to Background gradient, and fill the Background with a Radial Gradient from the center of the document to one of the corners.
- Pick the Paint Bucket Tool and choose Pattern in the Options bar, then choose the pattern you’ve just defined. Create a new layer and call it “Pattern” then fill it with the selected pattern.
- Change the “Pattern” layer’s Blend Mode to Overlay and the Opacity to 60%.
- Create the text using the color #928427 and the font Creampuff. Set the Leading value to 200 and the Anti-aliasing method to Sharp.
Double click the text layer to apply the following Layer Style:
(The layer effects’ order is different in Photoshop CS6, but the effects are the same and so are the values you’ll need to apply.)
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Depth to 200, the Size to 10, the Gloss Contour to Ring and check the Anti-aliased box, change the Highlight Mode to Vivid Light, and the Shadow Mode color to #705110.
- Contour: Change the Gloss Contour to Rounded Steps and check the Anti-aliased box, then change the Range to 30%.
- Inner Glow: Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, the Noise to 25%, the color to #ffe242, the Source to Center, the Size to 46, and the Gloss Contour to Guassian – Inverse.
- Satin: Change the Blend Mode to Vivid Light, the color to #c8c76d, the Angle to 15, and the Contour to Cone.
- Gradient Overlay: Change the Blend Mode to Soft Light, check the Reverse box, and change the Style to Reflected. Then, click the Gradient box to create the gradient.
- The gradient uses two colors: #a17713 and #fac50f.
- Drop Shadow: Just change the Spread to 40.
- This will create the main “gold” effect.
- Create a new layer on top of all layers and call it “Texture”. Then set the Foreground color to #ffef48 and the Background color to #593809.
- Ctrl + Click the text layer’s thumbnail (icon) to create a selection.
- Go to Filter -> Render -> Clouds, then press Ctrl + D to get rid of the selection.
- Go to Filter -> Filter Gallery and under Sketch choose Conte` Crayon, then type in the values below:
- Go to Filter -> Filter Gallery and under Sketch choose Graphic Pen this time, then type in the values below:
- Go to Filter -> Filter Gallery and under Artistic choose Paint Daubs, then enter the values below:
- Change the “Texture” layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 30%. This will create a nice reflection-like effect for the golden text.
- Set the Foreground color to #9e0039, pick the Brush Tool, then open the Brush panel (Window -> Brush).
- Modify the values of a 20 px round hard brush as shown below:
Brush Tip Shape
Make sure to choose “Pen Tilt” from the Control drop down menu.
- Right click the text layer then choose Create Work Path.
- Create a new layer right below the text layer and call it “Stroke”, then pick the Direct Selection Tool.
- Right click the work path and choose Stroke Path.
- Choose Brush from the Tool drop down menu and check the Simulate Pressure box.
- This will stroke the path with the modified brush.
Double click the “Stroke” layer to apply the following Layer Style:
- Bevel and Emboss: Change the Gloss Contour to Cove – Deep and check the Anti-aliased box, change the Highlight Mode to Hard Light, and its color to #ffba57.
- Contour: Change the Gloss Contour to Ring and check the Anti-aliased box.
- Drop Shadow: Just use the default values.
- This will add more depth to the original effect and make it bolder.
- With the same brush, add some dots on the stroke, just a couple.
- Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon down the Layers panel, and choose Gradient Map.
- Change the adjustment layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 50%.
- Then, click the Gradient box to create the gradient used.
- You need two colors: #6b3b37 to the left, and #d1a799 to the right with a Location value of 92.
- This will make the colors brighter and more vivid.
And that’s it. Simple yet elegant! Hope you liked it.
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