Create text from liquid metal in Photoshop

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a text effect from liquid metal using several textures, gradients and layer styles. Let’s start!

This lesson was inspired by the various effects available on GraphicRiver.

Note: The author used paid materials. In the archive you will find an alternative version of the images to perform the lesson.

1. Add standard patterns

Step 1

Move on Edit– Presets – Preset Manager (Editing – Sets – Management of sets) and in the opened window we set Preset Type (Type of set) on Patterns (Patterns).

After that, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and select Nature Patterns (Natural patterns). We press the button Append (Add) to add patterns that we need in the course of the lesson.

Step 2

Open the texture with scales and turn Edit – Define Pattern (Editing – Define a pattern). In the dialog box that appears, enter the name of the pattern “Metal Scale” and click OK.

2. Create a textural background.

Step 1

Next, create a new document with a size of 1000 x 600 pixels. We press the button Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create a new fill or adjustment layer) at the bottom of the layers panel and select Gradient (Gradient).

Step 2

Set the color of the gradient to # 301e14 (left) and # 0d0909 (right).

Then install Style (Style) on Radial (Radial) and Scale (Scale) – at 250.

Step 3

Above the gradient, insert the grunge texture and name the layer “Grunge Texture”. The blend mode of the “Grunge Texture” layer is changed to Soft Light (Soft light) and, if necessary, adjust the size (Ctrl + T).

Step 4

After that we create a correction layer above. Gradient Map (Gradient Map) and transform it into a clipping mask for the “Grunge Texture” layer (Ctrl + Alt + G). Set the color of the gradient. Also in the settings of the gradient we activate the parameter Dither (Dithering). Gradient blending mode set to Color (Chromaticity) and decrease Opacity (opacity) up to 75%.

3. Create text layers

Step 1

Use the Skyoval font to write any text. Set the color to # 7f7b78, and the size to 350 pt.

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer (Ctrl + J) and reduce Fill (Fill) copies up to 0%.

Step 3

Now duplicate a copy of the text layer.

4. Apply layer styles to text.

Double click on the original text layer and apply several layer styles:

Step 1

Add a layer style Bevel Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:

  • Size (Size): 18
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): 112
  • Altitude (Height): 32
  • Gloss Contour (Gloss contour): Cove – Deep
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Highlight mode (Backlight mode): Linear light (Linear light)
  • Color classification: # f3d6b7
  • Shadow mode (Shadow mode): Linear burn (Linear dimmer)
  • Color: # 7a7a7a

Step 2

Next, add a layer style. Contour (Contour) with the following parameters:

  • Contour (Contour): Half Round
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)

Step 3

Next, add a layer style. Texture (Texture) with the following parameters:

  • Pattern (Pattern): Clouds (Clouds)
  • Scale (Scale): 25%
  • Depth (Depth): 5%

Step 4

Add a layer style Inner Shadow (Inner shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Screen (Lightening)
  • Color classification: # 4e9d86
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Distance (Offset): 8
  • Size (Size): 9
  • Contour (Contour): Half Round

Step 5

Add a layer style Inner Glow (Internal glow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Difference (Difference)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Color: we find the gradient Bronze Bz55 from the downloaded set
  • Source (A source): Center (From the center)
  • Size (Size): 29

Step 6

Add a layer style Satin (Gloss) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Hard light (Hard light)
  • Color: # deb7a7
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Distance (Offset): 13
  • Size (Size): 15
  • Contour (Contour): Rolling Slope – Descending
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Activate the parameter Invert (Invert)

Step 7

Add a layer style Color Overlay (Color overlay) with the following parameters:

  • Color classification: # 653739
  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Color burn (Blackout basics)

Step 8

Add a layer style Drop Shadow (Shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Color classification: # 010101
  • Opacity (Opacity): 85%
  • Distance (Offset): 15
  • Size (Size): 10

We get the following result:

5. Apply layer styles to the first copy of the text.

Double click on the first copy of the text layer and apply several layer styles:

Step 1

Add a layer style Bevel Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:

  • Size (Size): 10
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): 69
  • Altitude (Height): 42
  • Gloss Contour (Gloss Contour): Cone – Inverted
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Highlight mode (Backlight mode): Linear light (Linear light)
  • Color classification: # f3d6b7
  • Shadow mode (Shadow mode): Opacity (Opacity): 0%

Step 2

Add a layer style Contour (Contour) with the following parameters:

  • Contour (Contour): Cone
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Range (Range): 100%

Step 3

Add a layer style Texture (Texture) with the following parameters:

  • Pattern (Pattern): Blue Daisies (Blue Daisies)
  • Scale (Scale): 25%
  • Depth (Depth): 5%

Step 4

Add a layer style Inner Shadow (Inner shadow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Linear burn (Linear dimmer)
  • Color classification: # a5a7cb
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): 90
  • Distance (Offset): 5
  • Choke (Stinging): 10
  • Size (Size): 9

Step 5

Add a layer style Inner Glow (Internal glow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Overlay (Overlap)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 11%
  • Color: find the gradient stove pipe 100 from the downloaded set
  • Technique (Method): Precision (Accurate)
  • Source (A source): Center (From the center)
  • Size (Size): 18
  • Contour (Contour): Cone – Inverted

We get the following result:

6. Apply layer styles to the second copy of the text.

Double click on the first copy of the text layer and apply several layer styles:

Step 1

Add a layer style Bevel Emboss (Emboss) with the following parameters:

  • Size (Size): 32
  • Uncheck with Use Global Light (Global coverage)
  • Angle (Angle): -30
  • Altitude (Height): 48
  • Gloss Contour (Gloss Contour): Cone
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Highlight mode (Backlight Mode): Vivid Light (Bright Light)

Step 2

Add a layer style Contour (Contour) with the following parameters:

  • Contour (Contour): Ring – Double
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Range (Range): 100%

Step 3

Add a layer style Texture (Texture) with the following parameters:

  • Pattern (Pattern): Metallic Scale
  • Scale (Scale): 50%

Step 4

Add a layer style Inner Glow (Internal glow) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Linear light (Linear light)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Color classification: # e5d2b2
  • Size (Size): 29
  • Contour (Contour): Cone – Asymmetrical

Step 5

Add a layer style Satin (Gloss) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Linear light (Linear light)
  • Color classification: # 93c0f7
  • Opacity (Opacity): 50%
  • Angle (Angle): 5
  • Distance (Offset): 51
  • Size (Size): 65
  • Contour (Contour): Ring
  • Activate the parameter Anti-aliased (Smoothing)
  • Disable parameter Invert (Invert)

Step 6

Add a layer style Pattern Overlay (Overlay pattern) with the following parameters:

  • Blend mode (Overlay mode): Lighten (Replacing light)
  • Opacity (Opacity): 35%
  • Pattern (Pattern): Metallic Scale
  • Scale (Scale): 50%

And we get the following result:

7. Apply color correction

Above all previous layers add adjustment layer Gradient Map (Gradient map). In the window with gradient parameters we activate Dither (Dithering).

Set the blending mode of the gradient layer to Soft Light (Soft light) with an opacity of 20%.

Congratulations, we are done!

At the beginning of the work we created the background, filling it with a gradient and a texture. Then added text layers to which layer styles were applied and stylized as liquid metal.

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