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
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!