Create a bright gold text in Photoshop

Final result:

In this little tutorial, you will learn how to create a golden cartoon text effect using layer styles in Photoshop. Let’s start!

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1

First create a new .PSD document, 600 x 400 pixels in RGB mode, 72 dpi with a white background. Now we will prepare our materials. Install the HVD Comic Serif font on your computer and open the .PAT files.

Step 2

Navigate at Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options) and use the settings below. You can also access the blending options in two faster ways. The first and fastest way is to double-click on a layer in the layers menu. Another way: Right-click on a layer in the layers menu and select Blending Modes. When you are done with all the settings below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window!

Internal glow: Blend mode: Linear dimmer, opacity 44%, noise 4%, color # 172320, soft-method, source-in-center, 0% magnification, 147 pixel size, 68% range, 0% fluctuation.

Gradient overlay: Blend mode – Multiplication, opacity 80%, gradient from # 014806 to # bee96b, linear style, tick “align to layer”, angle 132, scale 100%.

The next step in the Overlay Parameters is Overlaying the pattern with the settings, as shown in the figures below. After you use the whirl texture, you will see that it is not located in the center of the background. Grab the texture in your drawing with the mouse, while you are still in the overlay settings, move it to the center.

Pattern overlay: Blend mode – Multiply, opacity 12%, use the texture “Whirl”, scale 100%.

Step 3

Now we can start making our text effect. First, select the type of text and change the font to HVD Comic Serif, the size is about 150 points and the smoothing method is Sharp. Now enter text somewhere in the center of the image. You can write any word, but in this lesson we will use the word “Lucky”. Now it’s time to deform the text using the Arc style.

Warp text: Arc style, horizontal, bend + 20%, horizontal distortion 0%, vertical distortion 0%.

This text layer will be the base of all text layers, so we only need to apply only the Shadow in the Blending Options. Go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Overlay Settings) and use the settings below for your text.

Shadow: Overlay mode – Normal, color # 101e00, opacity 100%, angle 110, uncheck “use global illumination”, offset 14 pixels., Compression 13%, size 13 pixels., Noise 0%.

Step 4

Now duplicate our text layer. Select the text layer in the menu layer and go to Menu> Layer> Duplicate layer (Menu> Layer> Duplicate Layer) and name it whatever you want. Now go Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style), as we will apply a different style for this layer. Finally go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Overlay Settings) and use the settings below for your text.

You can use quick access to the blending options from step 2 of this lesson. When you are done with all the settings below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window! This text layer and it should be on top of the second text layer. This text layer will make most of the effects and should be on top of the first text layer.

If you are satisfied with the result, you can stop at this step, and I will go a little further and make it a little more golden and add a few decorations on the background.

Shadow: Overlay mode – Normal, color # 5e3e1e, opacity 100%, angle 110, uncheck “use global illumination”, 2 pixel offset, 100% offset, 5 pixel size, 0% noise.

Inner shadow: Blend mode – Normal, color # 8f7310, opacity 29%, angle -90, uncheck “use global illumination”, Offset 2 pix., Whitening 100%, size 2 pix., Noise 0%.

External glow: Blend mode – Normal, opacity 100%, noise 0%, color- # d8d883, soft method, 100% span, 3 pixels. Tick for “smoothing”, range 100%, 0% fluctuation.

Internal glow: Blend mode: Base lightning, opacity 14%, noise 71%, color # f2e768, soft method, source at edges, 100% contraction, 7 pix. Size, 100% range, 0% fluctuation.

Stamping: Style-internal bevel, method-smooth, depth 327%, direction down, size 10 pixels., Softening 0 pixels., Angle 90, uncheck “use global lighting”, height 30, backlight-multiplication mode, color c9b74c, opacity 66%, shadow-multiplication mode, color # 907327, opacity 62%.

Texture: Use the texture “dark-dots”, scale 50%, depth + 38%.

Gloss: Blend Mode – Brightening the base, color #ffffff, opacity 27%, angle 19, offset 28 pixels., Size 27 pixels., Checkmark invert.

Gradient overlay: The blend mode is normal, the opacity is 100%, the gradient is from # f5f987 to # e3d275, the style is linear, the check-box is “align to layer”, the angle is 90, the scale is 100%.

Stroke: Size 2 pix., Position-outside, blend mode-normal, opacity 100%, stroke type-gradient, style-rhombus, check-box “align by layer”, angle 0, scale 150%
colors: # f7f627 control points: 6, 19, 33, 51, 63, 72, 85, 100
# a88e22 control points: 0, 25, 44, 59, 67, 78, 93
# 886812 control points: 13.

Step 5

We are almost there. Now we need to duplicate our 2nd text layer. Select the text layer and go Menu> Layer> Duplicate layer (Menu> Layer> Duplicate Layer) and name it whatever you want. Go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Clear Layer Style), as we will apply a different style for this layer. Finally go to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending Options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Overlay Settings) and use the settings below for your text. Again, you can use quick access to the blending options from step 2 of this lesson. When you are done with all the settings listed below, do not forget to click “OK” in the overlay settings window!

This layer will add more gold and shine to our text. It should be located above the second text layer.
Extra options: Opacity Fill 0%.

Shadow: Blend mode – Brightening, color # 5e3e1e, opacity 100%, angle 110, uncheck “use global illumination”, 2 pixel offset, 100% offset, 5 pixel size, 0% noise.

Pattern overlay: Blend Mode – Overlap, 100% opacity, use “Checkered” texture, 12% scale

Step 6

Optionally, you can add a few coins to the image. Now I will show you the easiest way. First of all, save the layer effects with the text layers created in steps 4 and 5 in the Styles palette.

You can do this by selecting the text layer and going to Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blending options (Menu> Layer> Layer Style> Blend Options). Now click the “New Style …” button under the OK and Cancel buttons. Do the same with other text layers.

Now use Ellipse (Ellips tool). To draw exactly, just start drawing. At the same time, press and hold the mouse button and the SHIFT key. Try to make a circle the size of the image below. When you’re done, apply the layer style from Step 4 of this lesson.

Next, duplicate the coin layer, and apply the layer style from Step 5 of this lesson.

The last step is to combine the layers with both coins into one. Select both layers, right-click on one of them and select “Merge layers“(Merge layers) in the menu. When the coins are combined, you can freely duplicate them and transform them so that they look better in the final image.

The board: You can reduce the coins, but do not increase them, otherwise they will be vague. Therefore, before you multiply and transform coins, duplicate and hide one, let it be in your reserve just in case.

Final image

Lesson author: Jan stverak

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