Create a classic text in gold in Photoshop

Classic, simple and elegant text effects do not go out of fashion. In this tutorial, you will learn how to create classic gold text in Photoshop using layer styles. You will also learn how to create a beautiful shadow using blur filters.

The created effect can be edited, so you can change your text at any time without having to recreate the effect itself.

OK. Let’s get started!

  • The program requires to complete the lesson: Photoshop
  • Version: CC

Final result:

To load the Patterns, go Editing – Sets – Set Management (Edit> Presets> Preset Manager). Next, in the window that appears, in the settings Type of set (Preset Type), click on the small triangle on the right and in the drop-down menu select the option Patterns (Patterns), next, click Download (Append) to load the source patterns to be used in the lesson.

Step 1

Create a new document 1024 x 741 px. Next, duplicate the layer with the Background.

Next, double-click on the duplicate background layer to apply the layer style. Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlay). Apply the following settings for this layer style:

  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Dither)
  • Style (Style): Radial (Radial)
  • Scale (Scale): 150%
  • Click on the gradient scale to set the colors of the gradient: # 606060 color control point on the left and # 232323 color control point on the right.

So, we added a simple radial gradient to the duplicate layer with the Background.

Next, open the Black Fabric texture. Move this texture to our working paper, placing it on top of all layers in the layers palette. Change the blending mode for this layer with the fabric texture to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 2

Add text in capital letters using the Bevan font, tracing (font style) usual (regular), font size 250 pt, color # ac813d, and also change the value Kerning between characters (Kerning) on Optic (Optical) in the text settings, for this we go Window – Symbol (Window> Character). Duplicate the text layer.

Now, duplicate the duplicate text layer. Reduce value Fillings (Fill) to 0 for this duplicate layer, and then duplicate the duplicate text layer again.

Step 3

Double click on the first duplicate of the text layer (not the original text layer) to apply the following layer styles:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss)

  • Depth (Depth): 30
  • The size (Size): 15
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Bright light (Vivid Light)
  • Colour: # e0e0e0
  • Mode the shadows (Shadow Mode) – Color: # 4f3a11

Stroke (Stroke)

  • The size (Size): 1
  • Type of Stroke (Fill Type): Gradient (Gradient)
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Choose a Gold label gradient 120xs.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow)

  • Colour: # 78614b
  • Bias (Distance): 0
  • The size (Size): 16

Shadow (Drop Shadow)

  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 146
  • Bias (Distance): 15
  • The size (Size): 9

So, we added a shadow and a gentle stroke.

Step 4

Double-click on the second duplicate of the text layer to apply the following layer styles:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss)

  • The size (Size): 16
  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 45
  • Height (Altitude): 74
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Bright light (Vivid Light)

Circuit (Contour)

  • Circuit (Contour): Half Round
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)

Texture (Texture)

  • Pattern (Pattern): Clouds (Clouds)

We created the first layer of textured text.

Step 5

Double click on the third duplicate of the text layer to apply the following layer styles:

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss)

  • Method (Technique): Tough faceting (Chisel Hard)
  • The size (Size): 30
  • Uncheck the box Global coverage (Global Light)
  • Angle (Angle): 15
  • Height (Altitude): 50
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)
  • Backlight mode (Highlight Mode): Bright light (Vivid Light)

Circuit (Contour)

  • Circuit (Contour): Half Round
  • Tick ​​in the box Smoothing (Anti-aliased)

Texture (Texture)

  • Pattern (Pattern): Hex Metal Mesh
  • Depth (Depth): 75%

We created a second layer of textured text. Using two textured layers adds more dynamic effect.

Step 6

Next, go to the original text layer, change the text color to # 252525.

Next, go Filter – Convert to Smart Filters (Filter> Convert for Smart Filters). So, we have converted the text layer into a smart object, which allows us to edit the text and apply filters without losing image data.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Motion Blur (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur). Install Angle (Angle) 90, and Bias (Distance) 200.

Now, change the blending mode for the layer with the smart object to Darkening basics (Color burn) and also reduce the value Opacity (Opacity) up to 50%.

Choose a tool Move (Move Tool), and then use the down arrow key (or hold down the (Shift) key + press the down arrow key to increase the offset step) and shift the shadow down until the top of the shadow aligns with the top of the text.

Next, go Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), set a blur radius of 15. This will soften the hard edges of the shadow.

Create a new layer on top of the duplicate layer with the Background. Name this layer “Light”. Decrease opacity (Opacity) of this layer up to 50%.

Next, select the tool Brush (Brush Tool), set the foreground color to # 606060, and use a large soft brush to add a few large spots behind the text to lighten this area a little.

And we have completed the lesson! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

You can change the text whenever you want. To do this, you need to double-click on the thumbnail of each text layer to change the content and double-click on the thumbnail of a layer with a smart object to edit the shadow layer, then save the changes. File – Save (File> Save).

The final result:

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