Bronzed Lettering

Resources:

Exotica Font from dafont.com

Golden Metal Gradients from deviantart.com

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This will be the finished result:

Bronzed Lettering

The full size finished design

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Open a new file 400 x 400, 72px resolution, white background

Select the Text Tool, Exotica Font, Foreground colour black, size 350pt

Type your required letter

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click Rasterize Type

Name the layer ‘Text’

Select the Pen Tool, using the following settings:

Pen Tool Settings

Zoom into the letter (to about 300%)

Create a path inside the edge of the letter, right click within the path and click Make Selection, as shown below:

Selection

Create a new layer above the background layer

Name the layer ‘Fill’

Foreground colour black

Edit>Fill>Foreground Color – click OK

Ctrl + D to deselect

Filled Selection

If the letter has ‘holes’ as the O does, reduce the layer opacity to around 20%

Select the Pen Tool with settings as previously

Create a path as before, but around the ‘hole’

Right click within the path and click Make Selection

Hit the Delete Key:

Selection

Restore the layer opacity to 100%

Double click on the layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay settings:

Gradient Overlay Settings

Double click on the text layer to bring up the blending options and apply the following Bevel & Emboss, Pattern Overlay and Color Overlay settings:

Blending Options Settings

Make the fill layer active

Create a new layer

Turn off the visibility of the text layer and the background layer if necessary

Right click on either visible layer and click Merge Visible

Image>Adjustments>Levels – apply the following settings:

Levels Settings

Turn off the visibility of the background layer if necessary

Right click on either visible layer and click Merge Visible

Restore visibility to the background layer

Make the background layer active

Using the Fill Bucket Tool, fill with black

Double click on the text layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow and Bevel & Emboss settings:

Blending Options Settings

Create a new layer above the background layer

Set foreground colour to #F9EFDC

Select the Brush Tool and a soft round brush, size 550px

Set the opacity to 45%

Place the shape of the brush over the letter and click on the canvas once

Bronzed Lettering

The finished project at full size

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3 Responses to “Bronzed Lettering”

  1. I was really looking forward to this one after doing your layers tutorial, but for me this one just did not work, despite trying several attempts from scratch. Everything was fine except the ‘stone pattern’ refused to show?????

    • Could you please click on the ‘Contact Me’ link on the right sidebar and let me know exactly where this tutorial went wrong for you – hopefully I can try to help you out from there. Thanks

  2. […] tutorial can be found at: Bronzed Lettering. They give you the link to the free font. I’m also just noticing that one of the reasons mine […]

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