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Quick Tip: How to Create a Metallic Text Effect Using Layer Styles in Photoshop

Final product image
What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, we will explain how to create a metallic text effect using layer styles in Photoshop.

This text effect you are going to learn today is part of 8 Photoshop Styles 2 of 4

8 Premium fully editable PSD and ASL Photoshop files

Tutorial Assets

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

Download the file and extract both files inside. Install the Pattern file named Dark_Pattern.pat and the Contour file pack named CustomContoursMK.shc. To install you have to double click the icons. It's that simple.
Download and install Strausa font.

Let's get started!

1. How to Create the Background

Step 1

Create a new document File > New

  • Width: 850 px
  • Height: 500 px
  • Resolution: 72 PPI
new document

Step 2

Duplicate the background (Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer > OK) and rename the new layer as "Background Pattern".

Duplicate the background

Step 3

Now we are going to add a texture to the background layer.
Double click on "Background Pattern layer" to open the layer style window. Go to "Pattern Overlay", then click on the "Pattern box" and select the new added "Dark Pattern" and press OK.

add a texture to the background layer

Step 4

To make the background look even better we are going to add inner shadow. You have to double click on Background Pattern layer and once the layer style window appears, set the following values.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light checkbox: Unchecked
  • Distance: 0 px
  • Choke: 0%
  • Size: 250 px
  • Noise: 0%
add inner shadow

2. How to create the text and align them

Step 1

Type the word "Metalkid" using Strasua font.

  • Font Size: 100 pt
  • Tracking: 20 pt
  • Anti-aliasing mode: Sharp
  • Color: #ffffff
Type the word Metalkid using Strasua font

Step 2

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

  • Align Horizontal: Center
  • Align Vertical: Center
align commands

3. How to create the text effect

Step 1

Add a layer style to the text, you have to right click on the layer in your layers menu and choose Blending Options. Make sure you use the following values and press OK.

Add a layer style to the text

Step 2

Let's start with the text effect! First we are going to add some shadows to separate the text from the background. Go to Layer Style > Drop Shadow and use the values shown in the image below.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Color: #000000
  • Opacity: 70%
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Distance: 10 px
  • Spread: 20 px
  • Size: 10 px
  • Contour: Default
  • Noise: 0%
  • Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Checked
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Now we are going to create a gradient overlay, it will give a base to the metal effect. Open the Layer Style again and modify "Gradient Overlay" setting the following values.

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Reverse: Unchecked
  • Style: Linear
  • Align with Layer: Checked
  • Angle 90º
  • Scale: 150%

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 Location and Color.

  • First Stop Color: #0d1117
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #a0a0a0
  • Second Stop Position: 25%
  • Third Stop Color: #161a20
  • Third Stop Position: 50%
  • Fourth Stop Color: #a0a0a0
  • Fourth Stop Position: 75%
  • Fifth Stop Color: #0d1117
  • Fifth Stop Position: 110%
Gradient Overlay

Step 4

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

  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Noise: 0%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Technique: Softer
  • Edge: Checked
  • Choke: 40%
  • Size: 2 px
  • Contour: Default
  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Range: 50%
  • Jitter: 0%

Inner Glow

Step 5

To start creating the 3D look go to Layer Style > Bevel & Emboss and use the following values.

  • Style: Inner Bevel
  • Technique: Smooth
  • Depth: 100%
  • Direction: Up
  • Size: 10 px
  • Soften: 1 px
  • Angle: 90º
  • Use Global Light: Unchecked
  • Altitude: 30º
Bevel  Emboss

Now stop, we are going to add the previows "custom contour" installed.
Click on the Gloss Contour pull-down icon and then select the contour named "CustomContourMK01"

custom contour

Now we can continue:

  • Anti-aliased: Unchecked
  • Highlight Mode: Screen
  • Highlight Color: #ffffff
  • Highlight Opacity: 75%
  • Shadow Mode: Multiply
  • Shadow Color: #000000
  • Shadow Opacity: 75%
Bevel  Emboss

Step 6

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

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle 20º
  • Distance: 45 px
  • Size: 8 px
  • Anti-aliased checkbox: Unchecked
  • Invenrt checkbox: Checked

We are going to add the second "custom contour" installed.
Click on the Gloss Contour pull-down icon and then select the contour named "CustomContourMK02" and press OK.

custom contour

Step 7

It's almost done. In this final step we are going to accentuate edges and corners, giving the text the 3D final look. Go to Layer Style > Stroke, and use the values shown in the image below.

  • Size: 2 px
  • Position: Outside
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Gradient

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

  • First Stop Color: #1a1b1e
  • First Stop Position: 0%
  • Second Stop Color: #7f7f7f
  • Second Stop Position: 50%
  • Third Stop Color: #1a1b1e
  • Third Stop Position: 100%
  • Style: Reflected
  • Align with Layer checkbox: Checked
  • Angle 90º
  • Scale: 100%

Final Image

Final Image

Great Job, You’re Done!

In this tutorial I showed you how to create a metal text effect using only style options.
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.

This text effect is part of 8 Photoshop Styles 2 of 48 Premium fully editable PSD and ASL Photoshop files

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