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Quick Tutorial: Create a Realistic Metal Text Effect Using Layer Styles

Quick Tutorial: Create a Realistic Metal Text Effect Using Layer Styles

Today I’ll be showing you how to create a realistic metal text effect using only 2 layers! Sound to good to be true? Well read on… even a beginner can following this quick and easy tutorial.

Final Image:

Here is the final image that we will be creating from scratch using layer styles and filters:

Step 1

First we will create a pattern.

Please create new document. Press Ctrl+N on your keyboard.

Use 150 px as a width and height.

Use white background. Now go to Filter -> Noise -> Add Noise

Next press Ctrl+F to apply filter again with same settings.

Now go to Edit -> Define Pattern

Step 2:

Next create new document. Press Ctrl+N on your keyboard.

Use dark grey for a background.

To do this press Shift+Backspace , and from the dropdown menu choose color.

and choose 353535 from color window.

Next apply

Pattern Overlay:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Opacity: 49%
Choose pattern we just created
Scale: 25%

Step 3:

Select Horizontal Type Tool and type desired letter, with desired font. Font I used is Intro Inline. Use 800pt size.Color is not important at this stage, we can use black.

We will use Layer Styles to style the layer.

Inner Shadow:

Color: ffffff
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 120 degrees
Distance: 18px
Choke: 0%
Size: 11px
Noise: 0%
Contour:Cone

Stroke

Size: 7px
Position:Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Gradient
Gradient Ranging From: cacaca through 848484 to 333333
Style: Linear
Angle: -90
Scale: 91

Bevel and Embos:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Chisel Hard
Depth: 297px
Direction: Up
Size: 6px
Soften: 0px
Gloss Contour:Cone
Higlight Mode: ffffff Screen 97%
Shadow Mode: 000000 Multiply 36%
Contour: Half Round Range 0%

Satin:

Blend Mode: Linear Dodge
Color: ffffff
Opacity: 51%
Angle: 19 degrees
Distance: 12px
Size: 14px
Contour: Invert

Color Overlay:

Color: 999999
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%

Drop Shadow:

Color: 000000
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 54%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 12px
Spread: 0%
Size: 16px
Noise: 0%


Step 4:

Now Press Ctrl+J to duplicate your text layer, next remove previously applied layer styles from this new copy layer.

Now change Fill Opacity to 0% to do this go to Layer -> Layer Styles -> Blending Options…

Now please apply

Stroke

Size: 7px
Position:Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 0%
Fill Type: Color
Color: 000000

Bevel and Embos:

Style: Stroke Emboss
Technique: Chisel Soft
Depth: 113px
Direction: Up
Size: 30px
Soften: 11px
Higlight Mode: ffffff Linear Light 44%
Shadow Mode: 000000 Multiply 14%
Gloss Contour:Ring Double
Angle: 110 41
Contour: Half Round Range 0%

Inner Shadow:

Color: 484848
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: -90degrees
Distance: 20px
Choke: 0px
Size: 26px
Noise: 2%

Inner Glow:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 35%
Noise: 0%
Color: ffffff
Technique: Softer
Source: Edge
Choke: 74px
Size: 9px
Range: 50%

Satin:

Blend Mode: Color Burn
Color: 000000
Opacity: 50%
Angle: 19 degrees
Distance: 10px
Size: 9px
Contour: Gaussian Invert

Gradient Overlay:

Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 38%
Gradient Ranging From: cacaca through 848484 to 333333
Style: Linear
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale:100%

Pattern Overlay:

Blend Mode: Overlay
Opacity: 100%
Choose same pattern we created in first step of this tutorial
Scale: 25%

Drop Shadow:

Color: 000000
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Angle: 90 degrees
Distance: 3px
Spread: 76px
Size: 3px
Noise: 0%

And we are done!

I hope that you liked and found useful this tutorial . Please Leave your comments.

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Compulsive, obsessive, enthusiastic graphic designer. He loves to learn new things and evolve the ideas, because it's just a ride. Visit his website at Klefuemedia

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9 Comments:

  1. einsatz says:

    mixed up all the settings in the layer style(((((

  2. Bob says:

    Written settings don’t match the screen shot on Step 3. Applied all effects and looks nothing like the example.

  3. Bob says:

    OK – it’s important to use the Intro inline font and by using a combination of the written settings and the screen shots you can get a very good effect. Thanks for the tutorial – Well worth the effort!

  4. Tom says:

    Hi guys. The tutorial has been amended and all details should be accurate now. Thanks for the patience.

  5. Sam says:

    Thanks very much for your detailed step by step guide. Much appreciated!

  6. Sove says:

    I followed your steps and it works thanks for sharing you saved me lots of time

  7. -1 says:

    Thanks, nice one! .)

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