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Silver and Gold Text in Photoshop Elements

A friend asked me, this past week, if I knew of any gold or silver fonts I could tell her of. Naturally, I explained that fonts aren’t of any particular color, but are rendered in the color you have selected as your foreground color. In order for the text to look like it’s made of gold or silver, you have to give it some help and add a couple effects. To begin, open a new document and type your text in your font of choice. Try it with different fonts; thicker ones will obviously look different than thinner ones.

My friend uses Elements and, I admit, I went to the webs to try and find an Elements tutorial to send her but to my surprise, I couldn’t find a thing I could use! So off the Elements I went. This is a super simple, easy peasy tutorial. You couldn’t make this hard if you tried, so grab your favorite font and play along!

Open a new document (File > New > Blank File or Ctrl (PC) CMD (Mac)+ N) and choose a size, any will do.

Choose your Text Tool, pick a font and type a word. The word I’ve typed is the name of the type (there’s a great array of free fonts available at places such as DaFont.com)

Next, go to Effects and choose Bevel from the drop down menu. Try them all to see which you like for your project; simply choose one and then hit Apply. If you don’t like it, choose another and hit Apply again.

Now, go back to the drop down menu and choose Wow Chrome. Select the first style, Beveled Edge. This is your basic for silver.

To make it a little more silver and a bit less chrome, make a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer…

…and check the Colorize box. Slide the Hue over to the blues and lower the Saturation level.

For the gold tone, you’ll also go to the Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer and tick the Colorize box, this time bringing the Hue into the yellow range. Adjust the Saturation to the tone you like.

That’s all there is to it!  A very simple, basic way to make a classy siver, gold, or even chrome text!

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Janine Smith is the owner of Landailyn Research and Restoration, a Fort Worth, Texas based company whose services include family history research and photo restoration. Janine honed her skills in restoring badly damaged photos as a volunteer with Operation Photo Rescue, a non-profit organization whose mission is to repair photographs damaged by unforeseen circumstances such as house fires and natural disasters. <br> Janine’s work is well-known in the world of genealogical and historical societies, museums, libraries, university archives, and non-profit organizations; appearing on the board of directors for several organizations and institutions. She is a sought-after lecturer on photo restoration and preservation to libraries, genealogical and historical societies. <br> In addition to being a Lynda.com author, Janine is the author of many articles on research and restoration appearing in newspapers and magazines, both on and offline. Janine's history and photo restoration columns appear regularly on TipSquirrel.com and in the popular Shades Of The Departed Digital Magazine. <br> Janine is the winner of the 2010 “Photoshop User Award” in the photo-restoration category.

4 Comments on Silver and Gold Text in Photoshop Elements

  1. sheva // 17/12/2012 at 2:53 am //

    I am on a Mac using Photoshop CS6 and my pallets looks NOTHING like the ones about for “bevel” and “chrome” – where are they located?

  2. Hi Sheva, David is using Photoshop Elements not Photoshop in this tutorial.

  3. Rebecca // 18/05/2017 at 6:54 pm //

    I have followed your great tutorial but have red on the bottom of the word. How do I make the word completely gold? Do I keep adding layers to get full gold?

  4. Is there a way to do this to text in the layer but not have it change all layers? When It red changing silver to gold it changed all layer colors that the effect was above. Is there a way to change just the text layer color or do I have to make the layer separate and import it as a graphic?

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