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Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Here's DaVinci's original Gold Text tutorial, again only slightly formatted for viewing on GeekDrop.



Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of photoshop's tools. If you don't, please learn the tools before attempting these lessons.
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Step 1.) Using the type mask tool and a heavy, non-serif font, and fill with a light yellow color.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 2.) Create a new layer above your first layer, make it the active layer, press the ctrl key and click on the the first layer to create a selection. Select a medium brown color and a 75 pixel soft airbrush with pressure set to 35, and brush horizontally across your type allowing the yellow first layer to show through on the bottom.

Now take a 55 pixel eraser, and make sure its softness is set to zero and pressure is set to 100. Erase parts of this layer as in the illustration above. What you are doing is creating the "horizon" line for the bright gold effect. You can make your erasures irregular as I have done here. This gives a more realistic effect.

Tip: pressing the ctrl key as you spray constrains the movement to left-right or up-down so you can achieve a nice, straight line.
Tip: ctrl-H will "hide" your selection. I usually hide my selections because I find them distracting when doing precise painting. Ctrl-H again un-hides the selection.
Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 3.) Create another new layer above the first two, make it the active layer, and spray a medium brown on top of your text. Your selection of layer 1 should still be active unless you turned it off. If you did, then make sure it's selected.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 4, The bevel. ) Create a new layer above the background layer, and open the SELECT drop-down menu and click MODIFY/EXPAND and enter 5 pixels in the dialog box. You will now see your selection "grow" by 5 pixels. Fill this selection with the same light yellow as in step 1.

Tip: alt-del is the keyboard shortcut for filling a selection.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 5.) As in the illustration above, use the airbrush tool and white, medium brown, and dark brown colors to give body and depth to the layer you made in the previous step.

Note that the dark brown is used on the bottom and white and light brown on the top portions of the type. Pay particular attention to the corners of the letters as this is where the shading will be more pronounced.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 6.) Your selection of the expanded type should still be active. If not, make sure it's selected. Switch your airbrush to a hard brush and in a semi-random way, paint in some dark areas on a new layer. There should be more dark toward the bottom and a little less on the top. You can see that I've darkened the top corners of the letters. If you darken a little too much, use a hard eraser and remove part. What we are doing here is simulating a polished bevel that's reflecting its surroundings, and the hard brush makes it's appear shinier. With a little experimentation you can achieve very realistic reflective surfaces.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Step 7.) For the last step we create another new layer (make it the top layer), make it the active layer, do a ctrl-click on our original text layer to make a selection. Using the airbrush tool and a soft brush about 50 pixels in diameter, spray a white "shine" across the top portion of the text. To top off the effect, I added a drop shadow which gives our type even more depth.

Phrozen Crew - DaVinci Tutorial 5 - Gold Text Using Photoshop

Optional step.) For a softer "brushed" finish, I did a 6 pixel blur of the Step 2 layer (make sure that the Step 2 layer is selected! You want the blurring to be within the selection), and then lowered the opacity of the step 7 layer. As you can see, it's a different effect altogether, and one you might find useful.

IN CONCLUSION
This tutorial shows one approach to metallic text. Once the mechanics of this technique are learned, you can experiment with different colors, textures, etc.

Good luck! ~DaVinci

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