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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  • ► 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!

    Photoshop Essentials June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • New subscriber excellent video

    Sammyah Smith June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • I did it1

    Kiss Kye June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Thank you very much

    MEO MEO June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • 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.

    Rahul Varshney June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • epic meal time

    geoff smith June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Thank You Friend

    Muhammad Hibatullah Soleimani June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Definately going to give that a try and will watch Part 2. Great Tutorial

    Amber G Skivvens June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • dude this is amazing. i feel like i just learn some forbidden ancient dragon magic

    Technique June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Your great bro keep goin

    Abrar Ahmed June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • how do i get the assorted brushes?

    Jordan Jackson June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Thanks for the tutorial..!! It was simply awesome..:)

    divya chaudhary June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Good job!! Nice. Is this also possible on photoshop corel 2020?

    Mike's Best Pictures June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Wow!

    Manik Lal Ghising Tamang June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • letters are not changing as i make these numbered adjustment ?? help please ??

    Raven_9_ June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • 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

    Qesca June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • hello can this same version of effect be done also in illustrator?

    Marsi Halili June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Wow what a great constructed tutorial (both). Mate BRILLIANT !!

    Peter Evans June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Tnx ,it's a big help for me
    I just started my Photoshop journey and your videos was very helpful keep it up 😁

    Jundee Alcala June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Awesome!!!

    Jovem Dimas June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • thanks for tutorial this is great

    Florian Karimani June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply
  • Thank you so much bro . nice work

    nour bln June 7, 2020 5:05 am Reply

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