In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a polished copper texture in Adobe Photoshop from scratch using filters. Using this technique, you can create any type of metal texture and any size at your discretion. Creating your own metal texture is very exciting!
So let’s get started!
The final result:
Open Photoshop. Create a new PSD document, set the following working document sizes to 1300×1300 px. The dimensions of your working paper may be larger or smaller, but it is very important that the dimensions of the document be a square, not a rectangle. This means that the dimensions of the width and height must be the same. Create a new layer, name this layer. Copper Texture (Copper Texture). Fill the new layer with white.
Let’s go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise). Install Effect (Amount) by 50%, Distribution (Distribution) Uniform (Uniform), and also put a tick in the box Monochrome (Monochromatic).
Next, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (Angle) to 0, and Bias (Distance) by about 40pixels (pixels). Now the texture with horizontal lines looked like a polished metal surface.
Press the keys (CTRL + T) or go Editing – Transformation – Scaling (Edit> Transform> Scale), set Horizontal scaling (horizontal scale) by 103% or more depending on the size of your working paper.
Let’s go Image – Trimming (Image> Trim) and in the window that appears Trimming (trim) to customize Based (based on) select the option Transparent pixels (transparent pixels).
Next, go Filter – Distortion – Polar coordinates (Filter> Distort> Polar Coordiantes). Select an option Rectangular to Polar (Rectangular to Polar).
Press the keys (CTRL + T) again or go Editing – Transformation – Scaling (Edit> Transform> Scale), set Horizontal scaling (horizontal scale) and Vertical scaling (vertical scale) of 135% or more depending on the size of your working paper.
Next, go Filter – Sharpness – Smart Sharpen (Filter> Sharpen> Smart Sharpen). Set the following settings for this filter, which are shown in the screenshot below.
Create a new layer, name this layer. Angular gradient (Angle Gradient). Fill it with white. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) to 0% and then add a layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay).
So, we come to the interesting part of the lesson, in which we turn the metal texture into a copper one. Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map).
Set the gradient colors # 451a03 / position (location) 67% and # ffab67 / position (location) 100%.
Press the keys (SHIFT + CTRL + ALT + E) to create a merged layer from all visible layers. Name this merged layer Sharpen effect (Sharpen Effect). Next, go Filter – Other – Color Contrast (Filter> Other> High Pass).
Change the blending mode for the layer Sharpen effect (Sharpen Effect) on Overlap (Overlay), opacity (Opacity) layer 100%.
That’s all! You can see the final result in the screenshot below.
If you add an adjustment layer Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and change the value Color tone (Hue) and / or Saturation (Saturation), then you can create a silver texture, a bronze and aluminum texture.
Thank you for being with me. Have a good day!
The final result: