Photoshop Gold Text Effect


How to create gold text in Photoshop! Turn letters into gold with this easy to create text effect.

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To create the gold text, we’ll use Photoshop’s layer styles, and we’ll create our own custom gold color gradient! We’ll even add a few sparkles to the text using one of Photoshop’s brushes to make our gold letters really shine. I’ll be using Photoshop CC but every step is fully compatible with Photoshop CS6 and with earlier versions of Photoshop.

Adobe made changes to the brushes as of CC 2018. If you’re using a newer version of Photoshop, watch to load the brush you need for this effect.


Step 1: Create a new Photoshop document (0:38)
Step 2: Fill the new document with black (1:24)
Step 3: Select the Type Tool (1:55)
Step 4: Set your font options (2:00)
Step 5: Set your type color to white (2:21)
Step 6: Add your text (2:47)
Step 7: Resize the text with Free Transform (2:57)
Step 8: Duplicate the Type layer (3:41)
Step 9: Add a Gradient Overlay layer style (4:08)
Step 10: Edit the gradient (4:27)
Step 11: Save the gradient as a new preset (5:39)
Step 12: Change the gradient Style to “Reflected” (6:03)
Step 13: Add a Bevel and Emboss layer style (6:17)
Step 14: Change Technique to “Chisel Hard” (6:28)
Step 15: Change Gloss Contour to “Ring Double” (6:35)
Step 16: Change the Angle and turn on Anti-Aliaising (6:49)
Step 17: Set the Highlight Mode and Shadow Mode opacity to 75% (7:02)
Step 18: Increase the Size to fill in the letters (7:10)
Step 19: Increase the Depth to 170% (7:39)
Step 20: Add an Inner Glow layer style (7:47)
Step 21: Select the original Type layer (8:37)
Step 22: Add a stroke (8:42)
Step 23: Change the Fill Type and choose the “Gold” gradient (8:51)
Step 24: Set the Style, Position and Size of the stroke (8:53)
Step 25: Apply Bevel and Emboss to the stroke (9:28)
Step 26: Apply an Outer Glow layer style (10:27)
Step 27: Select the copy of the Type layer (10:15)
Step 28: Add a new blank layer (10:24)
Step 29: Select the Brush Tool (11:56)
Step 30: Load the Assorted brushes (12:03)
Step 31: Choose the “Crosshatch 4” brush (12:42)
Step 32: Sample a brush color from the gold letters (13:12)
Step 33: Paint random sparkles around the letters (13:38)
Step 34: Lower the opacity of the “Sparkles” layer (14:07)

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  1. ► CC 2018, 2019 and 2020 users – Watch to load the missing brush for this effect.
    ► Watch for Part 2 of this tutorial where I show you how to remove the background behind the gold text!
    HI everyone, Steve here. Thanks so much for watching my Gold Text Effect video where I show you how to create shiny gold letters in Photoshop using a few simple layer styles, and how to add sparkles to the gold with a brush!
    You'll find the complete written version of this Gold Text Effect tutorial on my website:
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    Please leave any comments, questions or suggestions below. And as always, thank you so much for watching!

  2. Thank you very much you are awesome i did all from start to end just at the sparkle brush i failed and coldnt add the sparkle effect wish to do it but i learned alot as a ps beginner

  3. First, i want to say thank you so much, because of your videos i can understand this "magical photo editor", cause i'm new on it. And plus, your voice, very nice to hear. TYSM ♥

  4. Your voice is so soothing and reassuring and you give such precise detailed instructions. I absolutely love your videos! Thank you so much for sharing.

  5. Hello sir ,
    I have an image to be work on. Could you please teach In your tutorial to work on.
    Regarding this I want to share that pic. Please tell me how can I share it to you.

  6. I have the same problem over and over, whenever I select gradient swatches, and choose the color and hit ok, it doesnt save and stays black

  7. thank you very much. Most valuable thing that i saw is, windows & mac both users can get an idea through this.

  8. Your tutorial on this is the best I have listened to, I followed completely and I was able to transform my text into gold, I was looking for a good gold text to use in my yearbook magazine for my graduating class, this was very helpful, I was able to transform objects like stars and crowns to gold as well following this method although with a minor adjustment, thank so much, please keep making more videos in the future. Ethan

  9. Golden Thanks. Been expected this option since long time. Very Easy and essential for all beginers. Thanking you once again.

  10. Just when i was about giving up on youtube tutorials, I found this video, i really learnt a lot from this video, thank you.


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