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How to Create a Gold Foil Logo Mockup in Adobe Photoshop

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This post is part of a series called Awesome Logo Mockups.
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What You'll Be Creating

Learn the process to build a photorealistic logo mockup, from the right perspective to multiple layer styles. And you'll get a final bonus tip about how to get a trendy rose gold tint! In this tutorial, I will guide you through the steps to create a photorealistic Gold Foil Logo mockup with Adobe Photoshop.

We'll use a vector badge for the purpose, so you also need to have Adobe Illustrator installed on your computer.

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

1. How to Prepare the Paper Texture

Step 1

Download the paper texture and open it with Photoshop.

In the top menu, choose Layer > New > Layer From Background. Type the name "Paper Texture" and press OK.

New layer dialog

Step 2

Open the Layer Style panel for the "Paper Texture" layer just created and add a new Gradient Overlay effect. Set the options as shown in the image below:

Layer style dialog

Click on the small gradient window to edit the gradient. Set the color for the two color stops to white and set the left opacity stop to 100% and the right to 0%.

Gradient editor dialog

2. How to Prepare the Smart Object

Step 1

Download the Perspective Image and open it with Photoshop.

Perspective image

Choose, in the top menu, Select > All, and then choose Edit > Copy to copy the selection to the clipboard.

Go back to the paper texture document and choose, in the top menu, Edit > Paste to paste the perspective image over the paper texture.

Rename the layer by double-clicking directly on the layer's name in the Layers panel and changing it to "Perspective".

Step 2

Set the foreground color to blue (any color different from black is good).

Then choose the Rectangle Tool, move the cursor over the canvas, and click. You’ll open a small dialog box that allows you to enter precise dimensions for your new shape. Type 1099 x 791 px and click OK.

Rename the layer by double-clicking directly on the layer's name in the Layers panel and changing it to "Smart Object".

With the layer "Smart Object" selected, choose, in the top menu, Layer > Smart Object > Convert to Smart Object.

Now you should have a rectangle (no matter the color) over the perspective image:

Rectangle on perspective image

What we're going to do now is distort the blue rectangle to fit the same shape of the black perspective rectangle.

Step 3

Choose Edit > Transform > Scale

In this step it's extremely important that we transform the blue rectangle using only the handles at the corners of the bounding box.

Move the mouse cursor over the handle on the top right corner, press and hold the Command button on your keyboard (the cursor will change to a small white arrow), and then click and drag the handle until you touch the top-right corner of the black perspective square with your mouse cursor:

Rectangle on perspective image

Keep dragging the handles to cover the whole black area with the blue rectangle:

Rectangle on perspective image

Now you can remove the "Perspective" layer by selecting it in the Layers panel and choosing Layer > Delete > Layer

3. How to Arrange the Badge With Illustrator

We need a logo or badge to complete the scene. This badge will be a prominent element that later will be stamped on the paper texture.

Fortunately, Envato Elements offers a wide range of high-quality badges and vector elements ready for use. Subscribe to unlock unlimited, high-quality badges, templates, photos and more for one monthly fee!

In this tutorial we'll use a badge that comes from a great collection of 30 Vintage Style Badges and Logos:

Organic badge from 30 Vintage Style Badges and Logos item

Step 1

Open the vector .ai file with Adobe Illustrator. While you open the file, a window may pop up alerting you that the document uses fonts that are currently not available on your computer. No worries about that—all the fonts are free for use, and you can find a text file inside the folder with all the references and links to download each font.

Missing font dialog

For the purpose of this tutorial, I replaced the commercial fonts used in this badge with two free fonts:

Step 2

Once you're done with fonts, choose the Selection Tool (V).

Selection tool

Now select the "Organic" badge (or whatever badge you like). Copy the badge by going to Edit > Copy or pressing Command-C.

Create a new 350 x 350 px document in Adobe Illustrator. Now paste the badge just copied by choosing Edit > Paste or pressing Command-V.

Step 3

With the Selection Tool (V), move the badge over the grey area, out of the white canvas.

Organic badge from 30 Vintage Style Badges and Logos item

If the badge is not selected, select it by clicking on it using the Selection Tool (V).

In the top menu, choose Object > Expand Appearance. Again, choose Object > Expand. A dialog window will appear; select Object and Fill and press OK:

Expand dialog

Step 4

Locate the Pathfinder panel. If you can't see the panel, open it by choosing Window > Pathfinder. Click on the Trim button.

Pathfinder panel

Step 5

To remove the white areas, choose the Magic Wand Tool:

Magic wand tool

Move the cursor over a white area and click to select all the white areas of the badge:

If you need to, magnify the canvas using the Zoom Tool (Z).

Now that all the white areas of the badge are selected, remove them by choosing, in the top menu, Edit > Cut.

Now the badge is ready to be imported into the Photoshop scene!

4. How to Include the Badge in the Scene

Step 1

We're still in the Adobe Illustrator workspace. Copy the badge by going to Edit > Copy or pressing Command-C.

Step 2

Go back to Photoshop, select the Smart Object from the Layers panel, and Double-click on the Smart Objects thumbnail.

When you edit a Smart Object, the source content is opened in a new window of Photoshop. Here you can make any changes you like and, once you're satisfied, all you need to do is save the file and the Photoshop Smart Object will be updated when you return to it.

In the Layers panel, deactivate the visibility for the blue rectangle layer, and paste the badge just copied by choosing Edit > Paste or pressing Command-V.

From the dialog box, choose Smart Object and press OK.

Paste as smart object

Locate the top options bar and set the badge's position to 744 x 536 px and its dimension to 771% for both Width and Height fields. When you're done, press Enter on your keyboard:

Top options bar

Step 3

Save the document by choosing File > Save or using the keyboard shortcut Command-S.

Go back to the main document and you'll notice that the smart object is now updated with the last changes. The badge, in fact, has taken the perspective of the smart object. 

Gold Foil Logo Mockup

5. How to Add the Gold Foil Effect

It's time to add some significant effects to the badge to give it a 3D feel, consistent with the scene.

Step 1

Select the "Smart Object" layer and set the Fill to 0%. Duplicate the "Smart Object" three times by going to Layer > New > Layer Via Copy.

Now look at the Layers panel, and you should be in a situation like this:

Layers panel

Rename the layers as shown in the image below, and then group the three effect layers:

Layers panel

From now on, when you need to replace the badge in your smart object, you can use this layer, by clicking on it and editing the content.

Step 2

Let's start adding some layer styles to the "Effect 1" layer. Open the Layers Style panel and add a new Inner Shadow effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style inner shadow effect

The color for the Blend Mode Color is White #ffffff.

Step 3

Add a new Color Overlay effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style color overlay effect

The color for the Blend Mode Color is #967a2f.

Step 4

Add a new Gradient Overlay effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style gradient overlay effect

Click on the small gradient window to edit the gradient. 

Set the first color stop to Location 0% and Color to #343434, and then set the second color stop to Location 45% and Color to #343434.

Set the first opacity stop to Opacity 75% and Location 0%, and then set the second opacity stop to Opacity 0% and Location 45%.

Gradient editor dialog

Press OK to confirm and close the Layer Style panel.

Step 5

Now let's add some layer styles to the "Effect 2" layer. Open the Layers Style panel and add a new Gradient Overlay effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style gradient overlay effect

Click on the small gradient window to edit the gradient. Here you need to set up seven color stops as follows:

  • 1# color stop: Color #bdbbb6, Location 0%
  • 2# color stop: Color #ffffff, Location 18%
  • 3# color stop: Color #85816f, Location 33%
  • 4# color stop: Color #ffffff, Location 46%
  • 5# color stop: Color #716d54, Location 54%
  • 6# color stop: Color #ffffff, Location 66%
  • 7# color stop: Color #65625a, Location 82%
Gradient editor dialog

Step 6

Add a new Drop Shadow effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style drop shadow effect

The color for the Blend Mode Color is White #ffffff.

Press OK to confirm and close the Layer Style panel.

Step 7

Finally add some layer style to the "Effect 3" layer. Open the Layers Style panel and add a new Gradient Overlay effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style gradient overlay effect

Click on the small gradient window to edit the gradient. Here you need to set up seven color stops as follows:

Gradient editor dialog

Click on the small gradient window to edit the gradient. Here you need to set up seven color stops as follows:

  • 1# color stop: Color #e9e7d9Location 0%
  • 2# color stop: Color #fffdf0Location 20%
  • 3# color stop: Color #8e8366Location 61%
  • 4# color stop: Color #9e9475Location 67%
  • 5# color stop: Color #cec7b2Location 78%
  • 6# color stop: Color #69604cLocation 95%

Step 8

Add a new Drop Shadow effect and set it as shown in the image below:

Layer style drop shadow effect

The color for the Blend Mode Color is Black #000000.

Press OK to confirm and close the Layer Style panel.

You're done!

Gold Foil Logo Mockup

6. Bonus Tip: How to Get the Rose Gold Tint

In case you haven’t noticed, rose gold is everywhere right now. From holiday decorations to engagement rings to the new iPhone, this pretty metallic is kicking traditional gold to the curb.

If you'd like to apply this trendy tint to your new Gold Foil Logo Mockup, just do the following:

Step 1

Select the "Effect" folder in the Layers panel, and then click on the small icon at the bottom of the panel and select Solid Color. See the image below for reference:

Layers panel

In the Color Picker dialog, set the HEX color to  #eeb5ef and press OK to confirm.

Color picker dialog

Step 2

Right click on the Color Fill layer just created and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Change the Blend Mode to Multiply and the Opacity to 90%.

Layers panel

Your Rose Gold Foil Logo Mockup is ready! 

Rose Gold Foil Logo Mockup

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial we learned how to create a realistic Gold Foil Logo Mockup with Adobe Photoshop!

I hope that you've enjoyed my tutorial and learned something new. Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Gold Foil Logo Mockup
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