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In this Photoshop Tutorial we will create a cool metal Text Effect using simple method with layer style, transform tool and gradient. Your skills in using often used photoshop tools will surely improve with this fun to do Photoshop Tutorial!

By pureromance88, on April 12, 2011, under Photoshop Tutorials
 

In this Photoshop Tutorial we will create a cool metal Text Effect using simple method with layer style, transform tool and gradient. Your skills in using often used photoshop tools will surely improve with this fun to do Photoshop Tutorial!

  • Resources needed:
  • Charlie Brown font LINK
 

Final Result Preview:

 
 
 

Step 1:

 

Create a new document (1200x1000px) and fill it with white. Make a new layer and choose Reflected Gradient:

 

Drag a line from center to bottom:

 
 
 
 

Step 2:

 

Create a New Layer, choose Text Tool with Charlie Brown font , 100 pt and color f9f8f8 to type any word you like:

 

Duplicate text layer and apply Layer Style for text layer copy:

 
 
 
 
 

Step 3:

 

Make a new layer, hide text copy layer, then hold Ctrl+click the thumbnail of text layer to load its selection as shown below:

 
 

Choose Select-Modify-Contract to downsize this selection:

 
 

We have:

 

Click to choose Gradient Tool (Linear Gradient) then drag a line from top to bottom of this selection:

 
 

After deselecting we have result:

 
 

Step 4:

 

Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. Load selection of text layer like in step 3.

 

Use soft white brush to make highlight for letter feet:

 

Turn on text copy layer we have result:

 
 
 

Step 5:

 

Select all text layers then hit Cmd/Ctrl+G to make group for them.

 

Right click it, choose Duplicate Group. Rename two groups as "Text" and "Text reflection". Right click "Text reflection" choose Merge Group:

 
 

We will use text reflection as a normal layer. Choose Edit-Transform-Flip Vertical then move reflection down as shown below:

 

Lower Opacity to 30% and use Layer Mask with soft black brush, Opacity 50% to eraser reflection bottom:

 
 

Step 6:

 

Create a new layer and place it under text layers. Use soft brush, color 0f0e0f and 75% Opacity to paint the top part of the pic to darken it:

 

Lower Opacity to 60%:

 
 

Step 7:

 

Create a new layer , use Retangular Marquee Tool to make a selection with Feather=20 as the pic below shows:

 

Fill this selection with white:

 

Add Layer Mask, use soft black brush to eraser two sides of this light:

 
 

Step 8:

 

Create a new layer above gradient 1 layer. Use Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a circle around the text and fill it with white:

 

Lower Opacity to 30%:

 
 

Step 9:

 

New layer again, use Elliptical Marquee Tool to make a circle of ball then use Radiant Gradient with setting like in step 3:

 

Create a new layer with Clipping Mask option:

 

Use Dodge and Burn tool to make 3D effect for this ball:

 

Create a new Curves layer with Clipping Mask option:

 
 
 
 

Step 10:

 

Make group for ball, Curves and Dodge and Burn layers. Hit Cmd/Ctrl+T to transform it:

 

Duplicate this group, merge group and make reflection like in step 5.

 
 

Step 11:

 

Merge all ball layers, name it "ball 1". Press Cmd/Ctrl+M to adjust Curves:

 
 

Duplicate this ball many times, resize and move them on the top around the text. You can see how I arranged them:

 
 

Step 12:

 

To complete final effect, i add a new Curves layer to increase the contrast:

 
 

Final Result:

 

To complete final effect, i add a new Curves layer to increase the contrast: