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What You’ll Be Creating

In this tutorial, I’ll explain how to create a realistic 3D gold text effect using layer styles in Adobe Photoshop. Let’s get started!

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

  • Download the file Gold_Text_Effect-Assets.zip and extract both files inside.
  • Install the Pattern file “Patterns.pat“.
  • Install the Contour file “CustomContours.shc”.

Note: To install, you have to double-click the icons. It’s that simple.

  • Download and install the “Anton font”.

1. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Create a new document (File > New).

  • Width: 850 px
  • Height: 500 px
  • Resolution: 72 PPI
Create a new document to the text design

Step 2

Duplicate the background (go to Layer > Duplicate Layer > OK) and rename the new layer “Background Pattern“.

Step 3

Now we are going to add a texture to the background layer.

Double-click on the “Background Pattern” layer to open the layer style window. Go to Pattern Overlay, and then click on the Pattern box and select the newly added Pattern01. Click OK.

Pattern Overlay to the gold style photoshop

Step 4

To make the background look a bit dark, we are going to add a Color Overlay black layer with 50% opacity. You have to double-click on Background Pattern layer and, once the layer style window appears, set the following values on Color Overlay section.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 50%
Color Overlay for the photoshop layer style

2. How to Create the Text and Align It

Step 1

Type the word “GOLD” using the Anton font.

  • Font Size: 230 px
  • Tracking: –20 pt
  • Anti-aliasing mode: Smooth
  • Color: #ffffff
Text and Align for layer style

Step 2

Duplicate the GOLD text layer and name it “GOLD A” for the top layer and “GOLD B” for the bottom layer. We are going to get the 3D effect with both layers soon.

Using the Move Tool, select both text layers and the background layer and then click the align commands on the top menu to center the text.

  • Align Horizontal: Center
  • Align Vertical: Center
3D effect layers styles

3. Styling the Main Layer

Step 1

We are going to work on the GOLD A layer. Go to Layer Style > Pattern Overlay, click on the Pattern box, and choose Pattern02 from the list. This texture will work as a base for the golden metal effect.

Metallic Pattern Overlay

Step 2

To start creating the shining look, go to Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss and use the following values.

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 675%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 190 px
  • Soften: 0 px
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Altitude: 30º

Now, we are going to add the previously installed “CustomContours.shc” file. Click on the Gloss Contour drop-down icon and then select the contour named “CustomContour01

Now we can continue:

  • Anti-aliased: Checked
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
  • Highlight Color: #ebe89b
  • Highlight Opacity: 30%
  • Shadow Mode: Color Dodge
  • Shadow Color: #655f54
  • Shadow Opacity: 40%
Metallic Bevel  Emboss 3D Photoshop style

Step 3

Go to Layer Style > Inner Shadow and use the settings shown below to brighten up the edges.

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Distance: 1 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 0 px
  • Contour: Default
  • Anti-aliased: Checked
  • Noise: 0%
Inner Shadow to metallic text style

Step 4

Go to Layer Style > Inner Glow and use the settings shown below to emphasize the brightened edges.

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Edge: Checked
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 3 px

Now, we are going to add the previously installed “CustomContours.shc” file. Click on the Contour drop-down icon and then select the contour named “CustomContour02“.

Now we can continue:

  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Inner Glow to 3d text

Step 5

Now we are going to emphasize the highlights to give more realism to the metal effect. Go to Layer Style > Satin and use the settings shown below.

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #fffae6
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Angle 90º
  • Distance: 150 px
  • Size: 230 px

Now, we are going to add the previously installed “CustomContours.shc” file. Click on the Contour drop-down icon and then select the contour named “CustomContour03“.

Now we can continue:

  • Anti-aliased checkbox: Checked
  • Invert checkbox: Unchecked
Metallic effect Satin

Step 6

Now we are going to create a gradient overlay, which will give a softer gold effect. Open the Layer Style again and modify the Gradient Overlay setting to the following values.

  • Blend Mode: Darken
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

Tip: To create a new point in the gradient, you have to click under the gradient bar. Clicking each one of the color stops allows you to modify the Location and Color.

  • First Stop Color: #8e6617
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #876b2c
  • Second Stop Position: 25%
  • Third Stop Color: #997a35
  • Third Stop Position: 45%
  • Fourth Stop Color: #e0b545
  • Fourth Stop Position: 67%
  • Fifth Stop Color: #947632
  • Fifth Stop Position: 83%
  • Sixth Stop Color: #886218
  • Sixth Stop Position: 53%
Gradient Overlay metallic effect photoshop
gold style photoshop

Step 7

To achieve a realistic gold color, go to Layer Style > Color Overlay and set the following values.

  • Blend Mode: Hue
  • Color: #fff0c9
  • Opacity: 100%
Golden Color Overlay

4. Styling the Second Layer

Step 1

We’re going to work with the GOLD B layer, so make sure you select it!

This is an important step to get the 3D central perspective effect.

Use the Control-T keyboard shortcut to transform the width by setting the Horizontal scale to 92%. Then press Enter.

3d text effect photoshop

Step 2

We are going to add the same pattern to match the texture and color of both text layers. Go to Layer Style > Pattern Overlay, click on the Pattern box, and choose Pattern02 from the list. This texture will work as a base for the 3D effect.

Now set the following values:

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Scale: 100%
  • Link with Layer: Checked
Metal style photoshop Pattern Overlay

Step 3

Now we are going to create a gradient overlay, which will give a deep 3D effect. Open the Layer Style again and modify the Gradient Overlay setting to the following values:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Click on the Gradient Bar and make a gradient with these settings:

Remember: To create a new point in the gradient, you have to click under the gradient bar. Clicking each one of the color stops allows you to modify the Location and Color.

  • First Stop Color: #1a1b1e
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #525458
  • Second Stop Position: 15%
  • Third Stop Color: #83878c
  • Third Stop Position: 31%
  • Fourth Stop Color: #eff0ee
  • Fourth Stop Position: 41%
  • Fifth Stop Color: #ffffff
  • Fifth Stop Position: 46%
  • Sixth Stop Color: #797d82
  • Sixth Stop Position: 53%
  • Second Stop Color: #5d6063
  • Second Stop Position: 59%
  • Third Stop Color: #4e5057
  • Third Stop Position: 65%
  • Fourth Stop Color: #3c3e45
  • Fourth Stop Position: 72%
  • Fifth Stop Color: #4e5057
  • Fifth Stop Position: 82%
  • Sixth Stop Color: #1a1b1e
  • Sixth Stop Position: 100%
Metallic effect photoshop Gradient Overlay
3D Golden text effect photoshop

Step 4

To match the realistic gold color, go to Layer Style > Color Overlay and set the following values.

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Color: #443a1d
  • Opacity: 100%
Golden Color Overlay

5. Making the Shadows

Step 1

We are going to add some “rusty shadows” to the bottom text layer. Go to Layer Style > Inner Shadow.

Use the previously installed “CustomContours.shc” file. Click on the Contour drop-down icon and then select the contour named “CustomContour04“.

Use the values shown below to finish the Inner Shadow:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Angle: -41º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Distance: 28 px
  • Choke: 100%
  • Size: 0 px
  • Anti-aliased: Checked
  • Noise: 100%
Inner Shadow 3D Text Effect

Step 2

We need to add some shadows to separate the text from the background. Go to Layer Style > Outer Glow and use the values shown below.

  • Blend Mode: Darken Color
  • Opacity: 80%
  • Noise: 20%
  • Color: #000000
  • Technique: Softer
  • Spread: 0%
  • Size: 30%
  • Contour: Default
  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%
Shadow Outer Glow Gold Text Effect

Step 3

This is the final step! We are going to add some sharp shadows to get a fancy illuminated look and feel. Go to Layer Style > Drop Shadow and use the values shown in the image below.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Distance: 20 px
  • Spread: 100 px
  • Size: 5 px
  • Contour: Default
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked

Final Image

Great Job, You’re Done!

In this tutorial, I showed you how to create a realistic 3D golden metal text effect. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and can use what you’ve learned for your own projects. 

Please feel free to comment and show me your results!.

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