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How to Create a Realistic Chrome Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

This super easy and quick tutorial will show you how to use a couple of textures and layer styles to create a shiny, reflective chrome text effect. Let's get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on Envato Market.

Tutorial Assets

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

1. Define the Pattern

Step 1

Open the Bus Seats image, and then go to Filter > Distort > ZigZag. Change the Amount to 20, the Ridges to 5, and the Style to Pond Ripple.

ZigZag Filter

Step 2

Go to Edit > Define Pattern, and type Reflection Pattern in the Name field.

Define Pattern

2. Create the Background

Step 1

Create a new 950 x 650 px document, place the AsphaltDamaged0043 texture on top of the Background layer, and resize it as needed.

Add the Asphalt Texture

Step 2

Double-click the texture's layer to apply a Gradient Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Style: Radial
  • Scale: 150%
  • Click the Gradient box to create the gradient fill using the colors #757575 to the right and #0f0f0f to the left.
Gradient Overlay

This will create a simple radial gradient.

Radial Gradient

3. Create the Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text using the font Bebas Neue Bold and set the Size to 220 pt and the Kerning to Optical.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer, and change the copy's Fill value to 0.

Duplicate the Text Layer

4. Style the Original Text Layer

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 30
  • Altitude: 16
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode - Opacity: 100%
  • Shadow Mode - Opacity: 100%
Bevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cove - Shallow
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Range: 100%
Contour

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

  • Size: 1
  • Position: Inside
  • Fill Type: Gradient
  • Use the stainless steel xx gradient fill
Stroke

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 35%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -115
  • Distance: 3
  • Size: 7
Inner Shadow

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Vivid Light
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Color: #f4f2e7
  • Choke: 0
  • Size: 3
Inner Glow

Step 6

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Check the Dither box
  • Blend Mode: Color
  • Opacity: 90%
  • Check the Reverse box
  • Use the stove pipe 70 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

Step 7

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Pattern: Reflection Pattern
  • Scale: 50%
Pattern Overlay

Step 8

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Multiply
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: #404040
  • Size: 21
Outer Glow

Step 9

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 5
  • Spread: 10
  • Size: 10
Drop Shadow

Step 10

Add another Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 80%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 132
  • Distance: 17
  • Size: 38
Drop Shadow 2

Step 11

You can go back to the Pattern Overlay effect, and then click-drag the pattern inside the text to move it around until you get a result you like.

Move the Pattern Inside the Text

This will style the first layer of text.

Styled Text Layer 1

5. Style the Copy Text Layer

Double-click the copy text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 20%
  • Color: #e1e1e1
  • Technique: Precise
  • Size: 5
  • Contour: Cove - Deep
Inner Glow

Step 2

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Soft Light
  • Angle: 80
  • Use the steel pipe 10 gradient fill
Gradient Overlay

Step 3

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Color Dodge
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Color: #ececec
  • Size: 21
Outer Glow

This will style the second text layer and finish off the text effect.

Styled Text Layer 2

6. Add an Adjustment Layer

Step 1

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, and choose Gradient Map.

Gradient Map Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Check the Dither box, and then create the gradient fill using the colors #554b70 to the left, #857177 in the middle, and #d8a082 to the right.

Change the adjustment layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 20%.

The Gradient Map Settings

Congratulations, You're Done!

In this tutorial, we applied a filter to an image and defined it as a pattern. Then, we created a simple background using a texture and a gradient overlay effect.

After that, we created two text layers and styled them to create the text effect. Finally, we finished things off by adding a color adjustment layer.

Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

Final Result
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