Layer styles are very versatile in nature. They save a lot of time and require more flexibility in editing and reuse. Popular styles like glass, chrome and gold are very much in demand with Photoshop.
In this tutorial we will create a simple but realistic golden text effect in Photoshop. You can also use this style in other works by copying and pasting. So let’s get started!
Program – Adobe Photoshop CS5
Execution time – 40 minutes.
Create a new document. (File> New) 800×600 pixels
Write the text “GOLD” or whatever you want. A serif typeface is better for this effect. Here was used Adobe caslon Bold 205 pt
Let’s start adding styles for our text. First style Gradient overlay (Gradient Overlap) as primary color
Bevel and Emboss (Embossed) to create volume.
Now add Satin (Gloss) to change the surface of the shadow.
Our golden style is created. Let’s create a background. Unlock the layer by double clicking on the layer in the layers panel, in the dialog box, enter the name “Brown BG” and click OK. Fill the layer with brown (RGB 88, 59, 28).
Create a new layer above the background layer. Brown bg and name Notepaper. Fill this layer with white. Apply to layer Filter> Sketch> Note Paper (Filter-Sketch-Post Paper). This will add paper texture.
Change layer blending mode Notepaper onOverlay (Overlap) and Opacity (Opacity) 30%. This blending mode blends paper texture with a brown background color.
Above the paper layer, create a new layer and fill with white. Name layer Right light. Apply to this layer Filter> Render> Lighting Effect (Filter-Rendering-Effects of Lighting) with the following settings.
Change layer blending mode Right light on Soft light (Soft Light) and Opacity (Opacity) 60%. This layer will work as a light source on the right side.
Press D to reset colors to black and white. Create a new layer named Left Shadow. Place this layer below the layer Right light in the layers panel.
Choose a tool Gradient tool (G) (Gradient). In the top panel, click on the gradient window and in the list of gradients, select from black to transparent, the type of gradient Linear (Linear). Draw a gradient line from the left edge of the document to the right. This will be the shadow on the left.
Change the layer blend mode with gradient toMultiply (Multiplication) and Opacity (Opacity) 40%.
Create a new layer above the layer. Right light and below the layer Gold. Name layerGold Shadow. Download text selection-Ctrl + click on the layer icon.
Fill the selection with black. Deselect (Ctrl + D) and use the left arrow on the keyboard to move the layer to the left.
Change the blending mode of this layer to Multiply (Multiply) and apply Filter> Blur> Motion Blur (Filter-Blur-Blur in Motion) with a value of 10px. Next to this layer, apply Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur (Filter-Blur-Blur according to Gauss) radius 3 px. This will create a realistic shadow that is affected by the light on the right.
Download text selection. Standing on the text layer, click on the button. Create new fill or adjustment layer (Create New Adjustment Layer) at the bottom of the layers panel.
Choose from the list Hue / Saturation (Hue / Saturation) and name Color boost. With active selection on the adjustment layer, a mask for the text will be created and the correction will only affect the text. Set the settings that are given in the screenshot below.
Reload the text selection and create a new adjustment layer. Curves (Curves) called Contrast. Create a curve like in the screenshot below.
Next, above all layers, create a new layer — press Alt and click on the icon to create a new layer in the layers panel.
In the dialog box that opens in the field Mode (Mode) select Overlay (Overlap), check the boxFill with Overlay-neutral color (50% gray) (Fill with the neutral color of the Overlap mode (50% gray). Name the layer Highlight soft.
Download text selection. Select Dodge tool (Clarifier). Make sure in Range (Range) selected Highlight (Backlight) and Exposure (Exposure) 100% and process on light areas. Do not overdo it, as we will add shine to the new layer. The selection will not go beyond the text. When you’re done, deselect (Ctrl + D) and change Opacity (Opacity) layer up to 70%.
Create another same layer with 50% gray, as you did above and name Highlight bright. With this layer, change the blending mode to Vivid light (Bright Light), but with the same 70% opacity. This blending mode will create a much brighter effect. Now create bright spots on bright areas.
Download text selection. Select a soft round brush and press Alt. The brush will change to a pipette, select with a pipette a light yellow color on the light areas of the text and paint the spots with the selected color. Reduce the diameter of the brush so that the spots are slightly smaller than the bright areas that you drew in the previous step. As an example, use the screenshot below.
Gold has glitter and some golden highlights that fall on the background surface should be reflected from its shiny surface. To show this golden reflection, we need to create some color spots under the golden text. Create a new layer above the layer. Right light , rename to Surface light.Change the layer’s overlay mode to Overlay (Overlap).
Load the text selection, then invert the selection. Select> Inverse (Shift +Ctrl +I). Inverting the selection will allow you to draw without affecting the text. Choose a soft round brush and, using the same light yellow color, draw color spots.
Change the blend mode of this layer to Overlay (Overlap) and Opacity (Opacity) up to 80%. Bright spots blend into the background surface.
Next we will add some highlights on the tops of the color spots. For this we apply Filter> Render> Lenses Flare (Filter-Rendering-Blick). But if you apply the filter right on the layer Highlight bright,then in the future it can not be changed. Therefore, for a flexible workflow, we will create a new layer named Lens flares We paint it in black. But working on the black layer is inconvenient, besides we need bright flashes. To achieve this goal, change the blending mode of this layer to Linear Dodge (Add) (Linear Dodge).
Now we need to find the exact position of the flash lens. Open the Info- panelWindow> Info (Window-Info). In this panel, click on the plus sign. (+) and selectRixels (Pixels). Keep this window open.
Now place the cursor on the bright spot and in the Info panel, remember the X and Y coordinates
We go to Filter> Render> Lenses Flare (Filter-Rendering-Blick). To open a window for entering coordinates, hold down Alt and click on the filter preview window. Enter the coordinate values in the appropriate fields and click OK.
Return to the filter window and select the type of lens 105 mm Prime and click OK. As you can see, the highlight is located exactly where we wanted.
The problem with this filter is that it creates some side light artifacts from the main flare (rings, spots, etc.). Take a soft black brush and mask these highlights.
Repeat this step to create some more highlights. Next, go to Image> Adjustment> Desaturate (Image-Correction-Discolor). This will remove the color shade of the highlights. The screenshot below shows the percentage of glare.
Finally, change Opacity (Opacity) layer with highlights up to 50%.
And we did it!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and will be helpful.