How to Create Text on Metal Plate in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial I will show you how to create golden text effect embossed in a metal plate. In order to achieve the final result you will need only Polygon Tool, Horizontal Type Tool and layer styles so all Adobe Photoshop versions are applicable.

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STEP 1

Create a new .psd file of 1000px Width and 600px Height and 96 Pixels/Inch Resolution. Choose RGB Color Mode and select Transparent for Background Contents. Rename Layer 1 to Background and press Ctrl+G (Layer, Group Layers) to place the layer in a Group and call the Group Background too.

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STEP 2

With Background layer highlighted use Paint Bucket Tool or go to Edit, Fill, Foreground Color to colorize your Background. As you can see on the screenshot below, I have chosen red, but you can fill with any color as in the next step we are going to apply Gradient Overlay.

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STEP 3

Double click on Background layer’s thumbnail and when Layer Style dialog box appears, check Gradient Overlay and insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Dither: unchecked
Opacity: 100%
Click on Gradient rectangle to change the color stops:

First Color Stop (Location 8%): #be8e30
Second Color Stop (Location 33%): #ffef6b
Third Color Stop (Location 70%): #ffef6b
Fourth Color Stop (Location 95%): #be8e30

Reverse: unchecked
Style: Linear
Align with Layer: checked
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%.

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STEP 4

Change Foreground Color to #dbbc3d. Create a New Layer above Background layer and call it Metal Plate. Navigate again to the Tools Bar and select Polygon Tool: set its Mode to Pixels in the Options Bar, insert 6 for Sides and make sure that Smooth Corners and Star options are unchecked. Draw your polygon in the middle of the image.

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STEP 5

With Metal Plate layer highlighted go to Edit, Free Transform then widen horizontally and squish vertically the polygon as you see on the screenshot below.

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STEP 6

Double click on Metal Plate layer’s thumbnail to call Layer Style box and check Drop Shadow Blending Option. Change its settings as following:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #c18d28
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Distance: 3px
Spread: 0%
Size: 10px
Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Noise: 0%

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STEP 7

The next Layer Style to apply on Metal Plate layer is Gradient Overlay:

Blend Mode: Normal
Dither: unchecked
Opacity: 100%
Click on Gradient rectangle to change the color stops:

First Color Stop (Location 8%): #be8e30
Second Color Stop (Location 50%): #ffef6b
Third Color Stop (Location 95%): #be8e30

Reverse: unchecked
Style: Linear
Align with Layer: checked
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%.

Keep Layer Style dialog box ective as we have more work to do in it.

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STEP 8

Now check Stroke Layer style to give our metal plate a cool golden shaded stroke and insert these settings:

Size: 3px
Position: Inside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill Type: Gradient

Click to Edit the Gradient:
First Color Stop (Location 5%): #f9e600
Second Color Stop (Location 17%): #ffec93
Third Color Stop (Location 35%): #d6b132
Fourth Color Stop (Location 50%): #ffec93
Fifth Color Stop (Location 68%): #cdaa2f
Sixth Color Stop (Location 82%): #ffec93
Seventh Color Stop (Location 94%): #f9e600

Reverse: unchecked
Style: Linear
Align with Layer: ticked
Angle: 0 degrees
Dither: not checked
Scale: 100%.

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STEP 9

The last Layer Style to apply on Metal Plate layer is Bevel and Emboss. Change its settings like this:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 235%
Direction: Up
Size: 7px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Hard Light
Color of Highlight: #ffee7b
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #938631
Opacity: 75%.

Check also Contour Blending Option which is below Bevel and Emboss, choose Log type of contour from the Contour Picker, leave Anti-aliased unchecked and Range to 50%.

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STEP 10

Right click on Metal Plate layer and choose Duplicate Layer option. Call the copied layer Fibers Filter and delete all its layer styles by dragging the fx icon placed to the right of the layer to the recycle bin icon at the bottom of Layers panel.
With Fibers Filter layer selected go to Filter, Render, Fibers and in Fibers box set Variance to 45 and Strength to 30.

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STEP 11

Change Blend Mode of Fibers Filter to Multiply and reduce its Fill to 4%. Thus we improved the metal texture of our metal plate.

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STEP 12

Select Horizontal Type Tool from the Tools Bar, choose Meiryo (default) Font, set the Font Style to Bold, Set the Text Color to #b1a170 and type GOLDEN with capital letters. Select Golden word, click on Toggle the Character and Paragraph Panels icon on the Options Bar and set the Tracking to 50. (If you don’t have Meiryo Font, you can use any thick font but try to resemble my result on the screenshot below, as the Layer Style settings are for font of this size and thickness).
Select Golden text layer (should be placed above Background Group) then press Ctrl+G to put the text layer in a Group. Call the new Group Text.

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Now right click on Golden text layer and select Blending Options. Tick Gradient Overlay in Layer Style box and give it these settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Dither: unchecked
Opacity: 100%
Click on Gradient rectangle to change the color stops:

First Color Stop (Location 0%): #b89c2e
Second Color Stop (Location 100%): #fff663

Reverse: unchecked
Style: Reflected
Align with Layer: checked
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%.
Keep Layer Style dialog box open. We have more blending options to add in the next steps.

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STEP 14

Check Inner Shadow in Layer Style box and change its settings as following:

Blend Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #92822b
Opacity: 75%
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: ticked
Distance: 0px
Choke: 30%
Size: 9px
Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Noise: 0%.

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The last Layer Style to be applied on Golden text layer is Bevel and Emboss:

Style: Pillow Emboss
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 225%
Direction: Up
Size: 5px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Screen
Color of Highlight: #fffc15
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #877f26
Opacity: 75%.

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STEP 16

Duplicate Golden text layer and place the copied one below the original. Delete its layer styles as we are going to add a new one.
Now right click on Golden copy text layer, choose Blending Options and tick Bevel and Emboss in Layer Style box. Change its settings like this:

Style: Outer Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 225%
Direction: Up
Size: 7px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Normal
Color of Highlight: #97892a
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #877f26
Opacity: 75%.

Keep the Layer Style dialog box active.

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Now check Contour Blending Option which is below Bevel and Emboss and change the settings as following:

Contour: Cone
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Range: 100%.

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STEP 18

Create a New Layer placed above Text Group and name it Right Bolt Head. While the new layer is highlighted, press Ctrl+G to place it in a Group and call the Group Bolt Heads.
Set Foreground Color to #fff7ad, grab Polygon Tool from the Tools Bar, set its Mode to Pixels, insert 6 for Sides and check if Smooth Corners and Star options are unticked. Holding down Shift key draw tiny polygon placed to the right of the metal plate as you see on the screenshot below.

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STEP 19

Double click on Right Bolt Head layer’s thumbnail and check Bevel and Emboss in Layer Style box:

Style: Inner Bevel
Technique: Smooth
Depth: 100%
Direction: Up
Size: 3px
Soften: 0px
Angle: 120 degrees
Use Global Light: checked
Altitude: 30 degrees
Gloss Contour: Linear
Anti-aliased: unchecked
Highlight Mode: Hard Light
Color of Highlight: #f1ff57
Opacity: 75%
Shadow Mode: Multiply
Color of Shadow: #777835
Opacity: 75%.

Keep Layer Style dialog box because we have another Blending Option to apply in the next step.

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STEP 20

Now check Gradient Overlay Blending Option and insert these settings:

Blend Mode: Normal
Dither: unchecked
Opacity: 100%
Change the color stops like this:

First Color Stop (Location 0%): #c5b458
Second Color Stop (Location 100%): #ffec70

Reverse: unchecked
Style: Linear
Align with Layer: checked
Angle: 90 degrees
Scale: 100%.

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STEP 21

Right click on Right Bolt Head layer and select Duplicate Layer. Rename the duplicate to Left Head Bolt and with Move Tool selected move the duplicated polygon to the left side of the metal plate. Use Smart Guides (View, Show, Smart Guides) to place the duplicate symmetrically.

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STEP 22

Our text embossed in metal plate is ready. Your screenshot should look like mine with the three groups of layers in Layers pane.

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STEP 23

This is the final result. Hope you enjoyed this tut. Good luck and have fun 🙂

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This design is created by me and the screenshots are taken during the process of my work. All rights reserved.


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