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How to make a metal-effect

Last update:  12-31-1969

Submitted by PatrickB

In this tutorial I want to show you how to make a quick and easy way to a metal effect. Although I dislike to publish numbers I will included them in this case very often because even tiny things in the curves for example can make a huge difference! This works with Photoshop 7 and above.

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1. Open up a new document, obvious :)

 


2. Create a new text layer with the font of your choice (should not be too small!), as a foreground color choose 50% gray from the swatches palette and type one or two letters, I used my initials in the example with Arial font 150pt size.

 

3. Now in the layers palette, click the first symbol in the bottom line and from the menu choose bevel and emboss. In the upcoming menu choose "inner bevel" and apply the settings as I described in the screenshot below. Click ok when done.


4. In the layers palette, click the third symbol in the bottom line and from the menu choose curves. Adjust the curves like the screenshot here:

 5. Voila, metal! To neat it even more, merge the layers by linking the curves layer to the text layer and apply some more metal-color. Click the empty frame next to the eye (where the brush is displayed in the text layer) and click on Select/Merge linked. Then go to Image/Adjustments/Variations and from the menu pick "more blue" and "more cyan" each once! click ok and your metal text will have light blue shine. If you dislike the color go to Edit/Fade Variations and drag the slider up and down until you have achieved the desired result. This can be necessary for bigger images, they tend to become too colorful.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!