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How to Create a Super Easy Liquid Metal Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

This tutorial will show you a very quick and easy way of creating a liquid metal text effect, using a couple of textures, patterns, and layer styles. Let's get started!

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

Tutorial Assets

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

1. How to Add Default Patterns

Step 1

Go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager, and choose Patterns from the Preset Type drop-down menu.

Then, click the little arrow to the right of the Preset Type drop-down menu, and click the Nature Patterns set. When the dialog box appears after that, just click Append.

Load Default PatternsLoad Default PatternsLoad Default Patterns

Step 2

Open the Metal scales seamless texture 1 image in Photoshop, go to Edit > Define Pattern, name the pattern Metal Scales, and click OK.

Define PatternDefine PatternDefine Pattern

2. How to Create a Textured Background

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 600 px document. Then click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Gradient.

Add a Gradient Adjustment LayerAdd a Gradient Adjustment LayerAdd a Gradient Adjustment Layer

Step 2

Create the gradient fill using the colors #301e14 to the left and #0d0909 to the right.

Set the Style to Radial and the Scale to 250.

Gradient Fill SettingsGradient Fill SettingsGradient Fill Settings

Step 3

Place the Texture 555 image on top of the Gradient layer, and rename its layer to BG Texture.

Change the BG Texture layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light, and resize it as needed.

The Background Texture SettingsThe Background Texture SettingsThe Background Texture Settings

Step 4

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer, and clip it to the BG Texture layer. Use the gradient fill below, and check the Dither box. Then, change the Gradient Map layer's Blend Mode to Color and its Opacity to 75%.

Gradient Map SettingsGradient Map SettingsGradient Map Settings

3. How to Create Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text using the font Skyoval. Set the Color to #7f7b78 and the Size to 350 pt.

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

Step 3

Duplicate the copy text layer.

Create Another Copy Text LayerCreate Another Copy Text LayerCreate Another Copy Text Layer

4. How to 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: 18
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 112
  • Altitude: 32
  • Gloss Contour: Cove - Deep
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Color: #f3d6b7
  • Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
    • Color: #7a7a7a
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Half Round
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
ContourContourContour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Clouds
  • Scale: 25%
  • Depth: 5%
TextureTextureTexture

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Screen
  • Color: #4e9d86
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 8
  • Size: 9
  • Contour: Half Round
Inner ShadowInner ShadowInner Shadow

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Difference
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: Use the Bronze Bz55 gradient fill
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 29
Inner GlowInner GlowInner Glow

Step 6

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Hard Light
  • Color: #deb7a7
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 13
  • Size: 15
  • Contour: Rolling Slope - Descending
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Check the Invert box
SatinSatinSatin

Step 7

Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

  • Color: #653739
  • Blend Mode: Color Burn
Color OverlayColor OverlayColor Overlay

Step 8

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Color: #010101
  • Opacity: 85%
  • Distance: 15
  • Size: 10
Drop ShadowDrop ShadowDrop Shadow

This will style the first text layer.

Styled Text Layer 1Styled Text Layer 1Styled Text Layer 1

5. How to Style the First Copy Text Layer

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

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 10
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 69
  • Altitude: 42
  • Gloss Contour: Cone - Inverted
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Color: #f3d6b7
  • Shadow Mode:
    • Opacity: 0%
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
ContourContourContour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Blue Daisies
  • Scale: 25%
  • Depth: 5%
TextureTextureTexture

Step 4

Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
  • Color: #a5a7cb
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: 90
  • Distance: 5
  • Choke: 10
  • Size: 9
Inner ShadowInner ShadowInner Shadow

Step 5

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Overlay
  • Opacity: 11%
  • Color: Use the stove pipe 100 gradient fill
  • Technique: Precise
  • Source: Center
  • Size: 18
  • Contour: Cone - Inverted
Inner GlowInner GlowInner Glow

This will style the second text layer.

Styled Text Layer 2Styled Text Layer 2Styled Text Layer 2

6. How to Style the Second Copy Text Layer

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

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 32
  • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
  • Angle: -30
  • Altitude: 48
  • Gloss Contour: Cone
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Vivid Light
Bevel and EmbossBevel and EmbossBevel and Emboss

Step 2

Add a Contour with these settings:

  • Contour: Ring - Double
  • Check the Anti-aliased box.
  • Range: 100%
ContourContourContour

Step 3

Add a Texture with these settings:

  • Pattern: Metal Scales
  • Scale: 50%
TextureTextureTexture

Step 4

Add an Inner Glow with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Color: #e5d2b2
  • Size: 29
  • Contour: Cone - Asymmetrical
Inner GlowInner GlowInner Glow

Step 5

Add a Satin effect with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Linear Light
  • Color: #93c0f7
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Angle: 5
  • Distance: 51
  • Size: 65
  • Contour:
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Un-check the Invert box
SatinSatinSatin

Step 6

Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

  • Blend Mode: Lighten
  • Opacity: 35%
  • Pattern: Metal Scales
  • Scale: 50%
Pattern OverlayPattern OverlayPattern Overlay

This will style the final text layer.

Styled Text Layer 3Styled Text Layer 3Styled Text Layer 3

7. How to Adjust the Coloring

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer on top of all layers, use the gradient fill below, and check the Dither box.

Then, change the Gradient Map layer's Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 20%.

Gradient MapGradient MapGradient Map

Congratulations! You're Done

In this tutorial, we created a background using a gradient fill and a texture. Then, we created a couple of text layers, and styled each one of them to achieve the liquid metal effect.

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

Final ResultFinal ResultFinal Result
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