Old Iron Text Effect

This tutorial will explain an easy way to create an old-looking iron (metal) text effect, using Layer Styles and some Filters.

The Final Result

Tutorial Details

  • Software Used : Photoshop
  • Version : CS5 Extended
  • Time : 1:00 – 1:25


Step 1

Create a new 1024 x 768 px document., and fill the Background with the color #737373.

Old Iron BG step 1

Set the Foreground color to #493728, and the Background color to #919191. Create a new layer, call it Background-2, then go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Old Iron BG step 1

Step 2

Go to Filter > Artistic > Sponge. Change the Brush Size to 10, the Definition to 3, and the Smoothnessto 15.

Old Iron BG step 2

Go to Filter > Sketch > Water Paper. Change the Fiber Length to 3, the Brightness to 60, and the Contrast to 80.

Old Iron BG step 2

Change the Background-2 layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light.

Old Iron BG step 2

Step 3

Create the text using the font Deutsch Gothic, the Size 300px, and the color #7b7b7b.

Old Iron TE step 1

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

– Drop Shadow

  • Color : #686868
  • Distance : 10
Old Iron TE step 1

– Inner Shadow

  • Color : #634e38
  • Distance : 0
  • Size : 10
  • Contour : Valley High
Old Iron TE step 1

– Bevel and Emboss

  • Technique : Chisel Hard
  • Size : 16
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle : 90
  • Altitude : 30
  • Gloss Contour : Terraced
  • Shadow Mode – Color : #7b7b7b

Check the Contour box as well.

Old Iron TE step 1

– Stroke

  • Size : 1
  • Position : Center
  • Color : #616161
Old Iron TE step 1

You should end up with something like this:

Old Iron TE step 1

Step 4

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

Old Iron TE step 2

Make sure that the Foreground and the Background colors are still set to the same values in Step 1, and go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Old Iron TE step 3

Go to Filter > Artistic > Paint Daubs. Change the Brush Size to 8, the Sharpness to 7, and choose Sparkle form the Brush Type drop down menu.

Old Iron TE step 4

Press Ctrl/Cmd + D to get rid of the selection, and change the Texture layer’s Blend Mode to Hard Light.

Old Iron TE step 4_2

Step 5

Add a Solid Color adjustment layer on top of all layers.

Old Iron TE step 5_1

Use the color #cbb99d. Then, change the adjustment layer’s Blend Mode to Multiply, and the Opacity to 75%.

Old Iron TE step 5_2

Step 6

Finally, set the Foreground color to Black, pick the Gradient Tool, and choose the Foreground to Transparent gradient fill. Click on the Radial Gradient icon, and check the Reverse box.

Create a new layer and call it Gradient, then change its Blend Mode to Soft Light. Click in the center of the document then drag to one of the corners to create the gradient.

Old Iron TE step 6

And this is the final result.

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