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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!

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What you will learn in this chrome effect Photoshop tutorial:

  • How to create a chrome effect in Photoshop
  • How to apply a chrome effect to text
  • How to create a concrete background
  • How to make a chrome logo in Photoshop

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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 FilterZigZag FilterZigZag Filter

Step 2

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

Define PatternDefine PatternDefine 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 TextureAdd the Asphalt TextureAdd 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 OverlayGradient OverlayGradient Overlay

This will create a simple radial gradient.

Radial GradientRadial GradientRadial 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. If you're wanting to apply this effect to a logo, make sure it's a Smart Object and then you can follow the tutorial to apply this effect to it instead of text. 

Create the TextCreate the TextCreate the Text

Step 2

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

Duplicate the Text LayerDuplicate the Text LayerDuplicate 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 EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

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

Step 3

Add a Stroke with these settings:

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

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

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

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

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

Step 7

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

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

Step 8

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

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

Step 9

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 100%
  • Distance: 5
  • Spread: 10
  • Size: 10
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop 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 2Drop Shadow 2Drop 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 TextMove the Pattern Inside the TextMove the Pattern Inside the Text

This will style the first layer of text.

Styled Text Layer 1Styled Text Layer 1Styled 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 GlowInner GlowInner Glow

Step 2

Add a Gradient Overlay with these settings:

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

Step 3

Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

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

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

Styled Text Layer 2Styled Text Layer 2Styled 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 LayerGradient Map Adjustment LayerGradient 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 SettingsThe Gradient Map SettingsThe 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.

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