In this short tutorial, I’ll show you how to create gold text using one of the most powerful features of Photoshop: Layer Styles (read this guide on Layer Styles if you’re not familiar with this feature). Once we’re done, we’ll be able to save our layer style and apply it every time we need gold text in our designs.

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Step 1: Create the Background

First, we’ll make a simple, complementary background for our gold text.

Open up Photoshop and create a new document by going to File > New (Ctrl+N/Cmd+N) with your desired image dimensions (mine is 1000x600px).

Fill the Background layer with a dark brown color (#211901).

Create the Background

Set your Foreground color to a yellow color (#fee86a).

Switch to the Brush Tool (B). Set up the Brush Tool with a large, soft brush (approximately 500px in size).

Apply the brush by clicking once at the middle of your canvas. Then change the layer’s Blend Mode to Vivid Light and set the layer’s Opacity to 50%.

Create the Background

Step 2: Add Text

Add some text using the Horizontal Type Tool (T). I used Times Bold with the font size set to 200px and text color to black. However, this text effect will work on most fonts, so feel free to use your preferred font. (Check out some free fonts by going to Design Instruct’s Font Collection category.)

Add Text

Next, let’s start creating our gold text effect by adding layer effects.

Step 3: Gradient Overlay Layer Effect

To create a layer style, double-click on the text layer in the Layers panel. This will bring up the Layer Style dialog window.

Let’s set up the Gradient Overlay layer effect first. The settings I used are shown below.

Gradient Overlay Layer Effect

Here’s the result of the Gradient Overlay layer effect we applied:

Gradient Overlay Layer Effect

Step 4: Color Overlay Layer Effect

Next up, we’ll add the Color Overlay layer effect to our layer style.

Color Overlay Layer Effect

This is how our text looks with the Color Overlay settings we applied:

Color Overlay Layer Effect

Step 5: Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect

To give our gold text some depth, we’ll use the Bevel and Emboss layer effect. You can use image below as a reference for your settings.

Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect

As you can see, we now have a nice bevel and emboss effect:

Bevel and Emboss Layer Effect

Step 6: Inner Shadow Layer Effect

Let’s apply the Inner Shadow layer effect now.

Inner Shadow Layer Effect

Here’s our work with the Inner Shadow layer effect:

Inner Shadow Layer Effect

Step 7: Stroke Layer Effect

Next, to give the edges of our text some definition, we’ll add the Stroke layer effect.

Stroke Layer Effect

Stroke Layer Effect

Step 8: Drop Shadow Layer Effect

Apply the Drop Shadow layer effect by following the settings shown below.

Drop Shadow Layer Effect

Drop Shadow Layer Effect

Step 9: Outer Glow Layer Effect

The final layer effect we’ll add to our layer style is the Outer Glow — this will give our text some more depth.

Outer Glow Layer Effect

Outer Glow Layer Effect

Step 10: Save the Gold Text Layer Style (If You Want)

This step is optional. If you’d like to reuse this gold text effect layer style later on, you can save it in the Styles panel.

In the Layers panel, click on our text layer (which has the gold text layer style) just to make sure it’s the active layer.

Then open up the Styles panel (if you can’t see it, go to Window > Styles).

In the Styles panel, click on the Create new style button (it’s at the bottom of the panel).

Save Your Layer Style (If You Want)

This should open the New Style dialog window. Give it a memorable Name (e.g., "Gold Text") and make sure that the Include Layer Effects option is checked.

Save Your Layer Style (If You Want)

Click OK and this new layer style will now be available to you any time!

Save Your Layer Style (If You Want)

Tutorial Summary

This tutorial showed us how powerful Layer Styles are. We produced gold text in a few minutes simply by applying layer effects. We also went through the process of saving your layer styles for use in other projects.

Here is the finished result:

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Author:

Nikola is a Web Designer, Blogger, and M.Sc in Electronic Engineering from Nis, Serbia. Nikola is the founder of a small design blog called webexpedition18 that publishes graphic design and web development tutorials, articles about inspiration and posts on graphic design, web design and photography. Keep up with him via Twitter.