How to make a gold effect in Photoshop.
Want to add more bling to your image? Learn how to harness texture, gradient, and color to make a gold effect in Photoshop.
How to make a gold effect in Photoshop
Ready to add some dazzle to your image? Follow these steps in order to add a gold effect to your Photoshop project.
- Open a new Photoshop project and set the Background Contents to Black.
- Use the Type Tool to write your text. A large font typically works best.
- Highlight the text layer and follow Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss.
- Create the following settings: Style > Inner Bevel; Technique > Smooth; Depth > 100%; Direction > Up; Size > 100px; Angle > 90 degrees; Altitude > 30 degrees; Highlight Mode > Linear Dodge; Highlight Opacity > 65%; Shadow Mode > Multiply Shadow Opacity > 85%
- After you’ve applied the settings, then: Choose colors to blend in the Highlight Mode and Shadow Mode boxes for the gold effect. For reference, #CCCF76 for Highlight Mode and #B28361 for Shadow Mode are good starts.
- Select the Texture option on the left panel. Highlight the Pattern thumbnail and press the gear icon on the right toolbar. Select the Artist Surfaces option.
- Choose the pattern you want for your gold effect. The Parchment pattern works well. Set the Scale to 100% and the Depth to +2%. Make sure to check the Link with Layer and Invert options.
- Click the Color Overlay option on the left toolbar and set the Blend Mode to Normal. You can also choose your overlay gold color (#967642 works well). Set Opacity to 100%.
Save your effect for later.
Before you hit the OK button, click New Style, name the effect, and check the Include Layer Effects box — this will create a template for you to use in the future.