Metallic text effect in Photoshop

Sometimes, sometimes you need to quickly apply some effect, and action will come to the rescue. With one click of a button, you can easily recreate the desired effect.

In this tutorial we will create a metallic text effect, while simultaneously recording an action for it. At the end of the lesson, you can reproduce this effect just by clicking on the Play button in the Operations palette.

Final image:

Lesson resources:

Step 1

Create a new document (File – New) (File> New) (Ctr + N) 600×300 pixels in size with a resolution of 72 pixels / inch.

Tool Text (Horizontal Type Tool) (T) and write the text “Design Instruct”. In my case, the Franklin Gothic Heavy font was used, but you can choose another one. The main thing is that the font should be bold.

Step 2

Before continuing, you need to create a new action that will record all of our actions in this lesson. Open up Operations palette (Window> Actions) (Alt + F9), click on the folder icon at the bottom of the palette (Create new set) and name this group “Metal Text”. Now click on the icon create a new action (Create new action):

After the new action has been created, the recording should start automatically (you will see a red circle at the bottom of the Operations palette, which indicates that the recording has started).

Step 3

Go to menu Selection – Load Selection (Select> Load Selection) and then create a new layer (Shift + Ctrl + N). Fill the new layer with white (#FFFFFF) and make the original text layer invisible.

Duplicate the new text (Layer – Duplicate Layer) (Layer> Duplicate Layer) and move it under the top text layer.

We need to create two light sources, and this text layer will contain the first light source. Add a layer style Shadow (Layer – Layer Styles – Shadow) (Layer> Layer Style> Drop Shadow). Set the settings as in the screenshot and uncheck the Use Global Light box. This parameter sets the shadow and emboss at one angle, and we need two different sources.

Note: Both light sources must be above the original text layer.

Step 4

Apply a layer style to the top text layer. Shadow (Layer – Layer Styles – Shadow) (Layer> Layer Style> Drop Shadow):

Step 5

Now add embossing to help create a metallic effect. Layer – Layer Styles – Emboss (Layer> Layer Style> Bevel and Emboss).

Step 6

Now add a layer style. Gloss (Layer – Layer Styles – Gloss) (Layer> Layer Style> Satin):

Step 7

Last layer style, Gradient overlay, darkens the text and helps add light reflection (Layer – Layer Styles – Gradient Overlay) (Layer> Layer Style> Gradient Overlay).

Step 8

We need to add a metallic texture to the text. With the top layer active, enter the menu Download selected area (Selection – Load Selection) (Select> Load Selection).

Create a new layer. (Layer – New – Layer) (Layer> New Layer) (Shift + Ctrl + N) and fill the selection with white. Now apply to it Noise filter (Filter – Noise – Add Noise) (Filter> Noise> Add Noise).

Step 9

Deselect (Select – Deselect) (Select> Deselect) (Ctrl + D) and apply a Motion Blur filter (Filter – Blur – Motion Blur) (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur).

Select the first layer with the text and load the selection area. Selection – Load Selection (Select> Load Selection). Now invert the selection (Select – Invert) (Select> Inverse) (Shift + Ctrl + I). Delete the selected area. This will get rid of the noise that was outside the text. Change the blending mode to Multiplication (Multiply).

Action is ready. Click the stop button at the bottom of the Operations palette.

Step 10

Open the wall texture, drag it into the image and place it below all layers.

Step 11

Add text to the text. Open an image of an old film and transfer it to our document. Place the texture of the old film over all layers and reduce to 30% (Editing – Free Transform) (Edit> Free Transform) (Ctrl + T) to fit the size of the document. Change the blending mode of the film texture to Overlay.

Step 12

Now add a warm color tone to the image. Make it through the adjustment layer. Gradient map (Layer – New Adjustment Layer – Gradient Map) (Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Gradient Map). Create a yellow to magenta gradient and enable the checkbox Inversion (reverse). Change the blend mode of this adjustment layer to Overlap (Overlay) and reduce the opacity to 30%.

Step 13

Now darken the edges of the image. Tool Rectangular areadischarge (Rectangular Marquee Tool) (M) draw a selection and blend it 50 pixels (Shift + F6). Create a new layer (Layer – New layer) (Layer> New Layer) (Shift + Ctrl + N). Invert the selection (Selection – Inversion) (Select> Inverse) (Shift + Ctrl + I) and fill the selection on the new layer with black. Change the blending mode of this layer to Color Burn.

Step 14

With the tool Brush (Brush Tool) (B) add a glow to the text. Set a brush size of 20 pixels and a stiffness of 0%. Create a new layer (Shift + Ctr + N) and place it under the film texture layer. Choose white color (#FFFFFF) and place light points on the edges of the letters. Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft Light).

Step 15

Merge image (Layer – flatten) (Layer> Flatten Image). Duplicate the resulting layer (Layer – Create Duplicate) (Layer> Duplicate Layer). Apply filter to duplicate Colour contrast, to increase sharpness slightly (Filter – Other – Color Contrast) (Filter> Other> High Pass). Set the radius to 10 pixels. Change the blending mode of this layer to Darkening basics (Color Burn) and reduce the opacity to 30%. Now merge both existing layers into one.

Step 16

Choose a tool b (Quick Mask Mode) (Q):

Tool Gradient (Gradient Tool) (G) radial type draw a circle in the center of the document.

Exit mode Quick masks (Q) and invert the selection (Selection – Inversion) (Select> Inverse) (Shift + Ctrl + I).

Step 17

In the final, add a filter Blur at shallow depth of field (Filter – Blur – Blur at shallow depth of field) (Filter> Blur> Lens Blur):

Final image:

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