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.

  1. Open a new Photoshop project and set the Background Contents to Black.
  2. Use the Type Tool to write your text. A large font typically works best.
  3. Highlight the text layer and follow Layer > Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss.
  4. 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%
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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%.
These combined eight steps will apply the desired gold effect to your text layer.

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.

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