Create metallic text in Photoshop

In this lesson, you will learn how to use layer styles to create a metallic text effect, and then add a nice decorative texture using just a few filters, without the need for brushes or texture images. After that we will add several adjustment layers to achieve the final effect of the decorative metallic text.

The final result.

Materials for the lesson:

Step 1. Set the foreground color to # 919191 and the background color to # 493728, then draw Radial gradient (Radial Gradient) from the top center of the document to one of the bottom corners.

Open the texture image and place it on top of the background layer, and then change it Blend mode (Blend Mode) on Multiplication (Multiply) and Opacity up to 70%.

Write text with color # 7b7b7b. The font used in the Titania lesson is 300 pixels.

Duplicate the text layer and change the value Fill (Fill) 0% original layer.

Step 2. Double click on the copy layer with the text to add a layer (Add a layer style).
Shadow (Drop Shadow): Change the color to # 686868, Distance to 0 and Size to 30.

Inner shadow (Inner Shadow): Change Color to # 634e38, Distance to 0 and Size to 10.

Internal glow (Inner Glow): Change Blend Mode (Blend Mode) to Brightness (Luminosity), color on # 786450 and Size to 18.

Stamping (Bevel and Emboss): Change the Method (Technique) Soft Cut (Chisel Soft), Depth (Depth) to 250, Size (Size) to 16. Uncheck the box next to Global Light (Use Global Light) and change the Angle ) to 90 and Height (Altitude) to 30. In addition, change the Gloss Contour, on Notched Slope, Highlight Mode on Overlay and Shadow Mode color on # 7b7b7b.

If you do not have all the contours and you do not know how to add them, you can see here.

Circuit (Contour): Just select Half Round.

This should give your text a nice metallic look.

Now, double-click on the original text layer to add an additional layer (Add a layer style).

Shadow (Drop Shadow): Change, color to # 6d5b4a, uncheck Use Global Light, more Angle to -170, Distance to 10 and Size to 25.

With this we made a shadow around the text, giving it even greater depth.

Step 3. Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it “Texture.” Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the text layer icon (icon) to create a selection.

Switch between the foreground and background colors, and then fill the selection with a new foreground color. Press Ctrl + D, to get rid of the selection.

Right-click on the “Texture” layer, and select Convert to smart object (Convert for Smart Object). This will allow us to preserve the original content of the image with all its original features, allowing further editing. This means that we will apply several Filters to this layer, and we will still be able to edit the Filter settings after applying them. Later it will come in handy.

Note. Notice the little icon that appears in the lower right corner of the layer.

Step 4. Change the values ​​for each filter, as shown in the pictures below.
To start Filter-> Rendering-> Fibers (Filter -> Render -> Fibers).

Filter-> Sketch-> Gypsum (Filter-> Sketch-> Plaster)

Filter-> Sketch-> Chromium (Filter-> Sketch-> Chrome)

Filter-> Sketch-> Postage Paper (Filter-> Sketch-> Notepaper)

Note. You can click the small arrow on the right side of the “Texture” layer to expand the filter list, and then double-click on any filter name to change its value. You may need to change the values ​​for the Chrome and Notepaper filters, if you use a different font or text size, or if you would like to see how different values ​​affect the final result.

After applying the filters, change Blend mode layer (Blend Mode) “Texture” on Multiplication (Multiply).

Step 5. Duplicate “Layer 1” and drag the copy to the top. Create a selection again.

Click icon Add layer mask (Add layer mask) in the layers panel to create a mask.

Create a new layer under the text layers and name it “Shadow.” Use soft round Brush (Brush), about 40 pixels in size to create a shadow. Foreground color (# 493728).

ChangeBlend mode layer (blend mode) “Shadow“Multiply and Opacity up to 70%.

Press Ctrl + T, to activate Free transform (Free transform), and set the value to 45% in the Height field in the options bar at the top, or any other value you would like. Move the shadow if necessary, and then press Enter to apply the transform.

Move on Filter-> Blur-> Gaussian Blur (Filter -> Blur -> Gaussian Blur) and apply a simple blur of the shadow you created.
Please note that you may need to do the previous steps for each layer with text, if you have more than one layer, or you can merge all layers into one layer.

You can also erase any unnecessary fragments.

Step 6. Press the button Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel, then select Color Balance.

We are going to adjust the values Sveta (Highlights) and Mid tones (Midtones), as shown in the image below:

This will add a sense of vintage effect.

Once again, click Create a new adjustment layer or fill layer (Create new fill or adjustment layer), but this time choose Photo filter (Photo Filter).

You can see how different filters affect the image, but the lesson uses an orange filter. This will give the final effect.

If the text looks too dark, you can decrease the value Opacity (Opacity) layer “Layer 1 copy.” The author reduced it to 25%.

That’s all, our text is ready!

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