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Speaking of preps, the only required thing is having an active Adobe Photoshop subscription. Make sure you use this software and nothing else, as the described steps are only applied to Photoshop. This tutorial is very explanatory, but of course, having the basic designing skills wouldn’t hurt. You’re going to work with the text layer style settings, bevel & emboss layer effect to carry out a gloss contour, and many other simple, yet very handy options the app has to offer. Besides, we’ve added many hotkeys to make the process of designing gold text effect in Photoshop faster. Hop on a learning train, as it’s about to depart!
Open Adobe Photoshop and create a new Photoshop document. Do so by clicking New File on the left side of the main panel, or choose File > New. We decided to set 4500 pixels width and 3000 pixels height, 300 dpi resolution for this gold text effect. This resolution would allow adding texts of any size. Press Create to continue with the file.
You get to see an empty white layer that’s about to become the future composition. Click the lock icon on it to make it disappear, which means the layer is open for any further changes from now on. Double-click the layer’s name (it’ll be set as Layer 0), name it Background again. It’s crucial to keep every layer or created folder named accordingly to never lose navigation, and be sure about the unexpected changes you might make on the way.
The background layer will remain the lowest in the layers panel, which means all the other ones will be added atop of it. You can fill the background layer with a darker shade to highlight the rest of added layers with their characteristics and make sure they’re visible. Select the Paint Bucket tool in the left menu, choose the required color and click the artboard with it.
The second option would be uploading a ready-made texture from some stock library. We’ve used a free downloaded brown suede image, suitable for gold text. Please pay attention to the image’s resolution when browsing for the texture options: the small graphics would appear pixelated and presented in a poor quality. Drag & drop the downloaded texture into the Photoshop window. Double-click the layer and name it Texture.
Create a new layer and call it Effect, which will be a key one for the whole gold text effect. Pick Type Tool on the left Photoshop panel (or trigger it by pressing T on your keyboard). Type something on the layer, and don’t forget to toggle the settings. We’ve used AnnabelleJF Regular font, 228 pt size, and black font color. But you can surely have the ones of your own: depending on the word’s length, the font size would differ as well.
I enjoyed the tutorial and thank you for taking the time to prepare and present it. I would like to point out that instructions for this tutorial should however be amended to work properly. After three attempts to try to change out my photo using the smart object, I researched why it was not updating the rest of the layers. I learned that Smart object layers must be duplicated or dragged to the New Layer icon. Reproducing or duplicating a Smart Object layer via Copy and paste will not allow future photo replacement updates to those versions. Your instructions include copy and paste, that does not work.
i meant to say text update not photo replacement update.
That’s great that you gave this tutorial a try! 👍 Agree to disagree on this matter, as I was preparing the tutorial while actually following these steps. Maybe there are some other minor settings, that are enabled in your Photoshop, that contribute to your work process that way? Who knows 🤷♀️ All I can say is that you’re free to get in touch if you encounter any issue with the effect via firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be happy to look into it and lend you a hand!