Create a foil texture in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a gold foil texture in Adobe Photoshop from scratch using a combination of filters. It is very important to follow the order of application of filters, as well as use the appropriate colors of the gradients. We will create a gold foil texture as well as an aluminum foil texture.

So let’s get started!

The final result:

Step 1

Open Photoshop. Create a new PSD document, set the size of the working document at your discretion. Create a new layer, name this layer. Gold Foil Texture (Gold Leaf Texture). Fill the new layer with white.

Step 2

Set the foreground color to white and the background color to black. Next, go Filter – Rendering – Clouds (Filter> Render> Clouds).

Step 3

To the same layer, apply a filter Cellophane packaging (Plastic Wrap). Let’s go Filter – Imitation – Cellophane packaging (Filter> Artistic> Plastic Wrap).

Step 4

It’s time to add another filter. Add noise (Add Noise). Let’s go Filter – Noise – Add Noise (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).

Step 5

The next filter we add is the filter Relief (Bas Relief). So let’s go Filter – Sketch – Relief (Filter> Sketch> Bas Relief). Set the following settings for this filter, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 6

The fifth filter that we apply to the texture is the filter Texturizer (Texturizer). Let’s go Filter – Texture – Texturizer (Filter> Texture> Texturizer).

Step 7

The last filter we apply is the filter. Glass (Glass). Let’s go Filter – Distortion – Glass (Filter> Distort> Glass). Select texture Rime (frosted), and also set the following settings for this filter, which are shown in the screenshot below.

Step 8

At the moment, the result should resemble the crumpled texture of metal foil, for example, more like aluminum foil. Therefore, you can already use this texture as it is, or continue the lesson and learn how to create a gold foil effect.

Step 9

Next, go Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Invert (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Invert). Correction invert will create the opposite effect by inverting the brightness of the image.

Step 10

Add adjustment layer Brightness / Contrast (Brightness / Contrast). Increase the value The contrast (contrast) to 100, as shown in the screenshot below.

Step 11

Add adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set the following gradient colors: # 362c16 (opacity (opacity) 100%, position (location) 0%), # 594210 (opacity (opacity) 100%, position (location) 38%) and # ffdb33 (opacity (opacity) 100%, position (location) 96%).

Step 12

Add another adjustment layer. Gradient map (Gradient Map). Set the following gradient colors: # 726d63 (opacity (opacity) 100%, position (location) 57%) and #ffffff (opacity (opacity) 100%, position (location) 100%). Change the blending mode for this adjustment layer to Overlap (Overlay), opacity (opacity) 100%.

Step 13

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).

So, in the screenshot below, you can see both options with the texture of aluminum and gold foil.

Thank you for being with me. Have a good day!

The final result:

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