Cast gold text in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we will give the text a golden effect.
This is what we should get as a result:

Step 1. Create a new document (Ctrl +N), sizes 640×480 pix and resolution 72 ppi / inch

Step 2. Fill your document with Black (D,Alt + backspace).

Step 3. Select foreground color (Primary color) – White (key X), take the Text tool (Type tool (T)), font – “Times New Roman Bold” and write the word – “GOLD”:

Step 4. With help Free transformation (Free transform (Ctrl +T)), increase the size of the text (holding down the Shift + Alt keys, in order to increase it evenly, relative to the middle of the text).

Step 5. Duplicate the text layer (Ctrl +J), you should now have three layers in the layers palette.

In the next few steps, we will work with a copy of the text layer.

Step 6. On the copy of the text layer, click on the icon. Layer styles (Layer styles), at the bottom of the layers palette (or just double click on the layer).

Choose – Gradient overlay (Layer styles).
We need to change the colors of the gradient. Click on the gradient preview area to open the dialog box. Gradient editor (Gradient editor).

Step 7. In the window Gradient editor, click the left slider (color control point) to select it, and then click on – Color to change the color of the selected limiter.

A dialog box will open. Color selection (Color picker). You can use any colors of gold, but if you want to repeat this lesson, then the author has established this color: #F7EEAD. Click Yes to apply the color and exit the Color Selector dialog box.

In the Gradient Editor, click on the right slider (color control point), and then click on – Color to change the color of the selected limiter.

In the Color selection window that appears, set the color: #C1AC51.
Click Yes to exit the Color Selector dialog box, then Yes to exit the Gradient Editor dialog box.
Do not exit the dialog box yet. Layer style, so we will continue to further convert our text.
This is what you should do at this stage.

* if your colors are located, not as in the picture (light from below, but dark from above), then it is not scary, at this stage of work, it is not so important *

Step 8. Modify the Gradient Overlay window. Style (Style) on Mirror (Reflected).

Here is what you should get:

Step 9. In the Layer Style window, click the tab Stamping (Bevel and Emboss).

Step 10. In the emboss window, change Method (Technique) on Hard cut (Chisel hard).
* do not close the layer style window *

Step 11. Go down to the bottom, in the Embossing tab, click on the arrow that is to the right of the thumbnail Gloss contour (Gloss Contour), in the drop-down menu, select Double ring (Ring – Double), just check the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased), so that the text does not have strongly sharp borders.

That’s what you should do.

Step 12. In the same tab (Emboss), go up and change The size (Size), drag the slider to the right until the edges of the letters, do not close in the middle (the author stopped at 16pix. (for my work, I increased to 18 pixels.)).

Step 13. Now change the Depth (Depth) to increase the effect of lighting on letters (the author stopped at 171%).

Now our text began to look much better.

Step 14. Then tick the tab Contours, this will give the text an even more metallic look (in the parameters, the contours do not need to be changed).

That’s what happens.

Step 15. The last thing we do before we exit the Layer Style dialog box. This will add Internal glow (Inner glow).
Set these parameters in the tab Internal glow (Inner glow):

* The opacity of the structure, in the inner glow, can be adjusted to your liking *

After that, you can exit the dialog box. Layer style, by clicking Yes, to apply all the settings. This is how your text will now look.

Step 16. We’ve finished with a copy of the text, now move to the original text layer.
While on the first layer with text, bring up the Layer Style dialog box by clicking on the Layer Styles icon at the bottom of the layers palette.

Choose – Stroke (Stroke) and set there such parameters:

Step 17. Click on the gradient preview area.

In the Gradient Editor window that appears, set the same colors that we put on the duplicate text layer (#F7EEAD and #C1AC51).
In the end, this is what you should get:

Step 18. Now go to the tab Stamping (Bevel and Emboss) and set the following settings (do not forget to tick the Outlines (below Embossing)):

You should get this result.

Step 19. The last thing we do in the dialog box Layer style, add it External glow (Outer glow).
Click the tab External glow (Outer glow) and set these parameters there:

* Exit from the Layer Style diologic window by clicking Yes to save all changes *

Around your text, a slight glow will appear.

Step 20. Above all layers, create a new layer. Ctrl + Shift + N and name it, for example, “Gloss.”
Now we have a new layer in the palette, on which we will draw shine on our text.

Step 21 In order to draw shine. We need special brushes that are in the standard set of Photoshop.
Choose a tool Brush (Brush tool (B)). Right-click anywhere on your document to open the brush set selection window, click on the small arrow at the top right of the window. In the drop-down menu, select the set Different brushes (Assorted brushes).

After clicking on the selected set, Photoshop will ask you: Replace current brushes? Click To add, so that all previously loaded brushes do not disappear, being replaced by a set of Different brushes.

Step 22. Take the tool Pipette (Eyedropper (I)) and click on the brightest part of the text to choose a color for our brilliance (just with the Brush tool active, you can hold the key Alt, and click on the place whose color you want to use).

Step 23 In the brush tool settings, select, from the previously loaded brush set Cross strokes4 (Crosshatch).

Step 24 After you have selected a brush and set the desired color, being on a new layer, click in several places with a brush. After each click, change the size of the brush using the keys Ctrl + [ or ], to add more randomness.
It turns out an interesting effect, but do not get involved much, because by overloading the image with sparkles, you can spoil the picture as a whole.
If it seems to you that Glitter is very bright, then you can lower the opacity of the layer, as the author did, by lowering it to 50%.

Here’s what we got in the end:

I hope you enjoyed the lesson, I wish you good luck in doing it.

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