How to create a gold effect in adobe photoshop elements 2.0

Updated July 20, 2017

You can use Photoshop to create a wide variety of effects that enhance your illustrations. It allows you to manipulate layers and create illusions of lighting and three dimensions. The Layer Styles feature of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 allows you to edit these effects all in one place. Using the Layer Styles window, you can bevel and emboss, create a gradient overlay and add a customised border around your object to create a professional-looking gold shine effect. You can apply this effect to any shape you choose, whether it is text or a shape of your own creation.

Open a new Photoshop document and create a shape to which you'll apply your gold effect. For example, if you want shiny gold text, select the Text tool and type some text. If you want to create a gold brick, select the Marquee tool and draw a rectangular shape. Fill your shape with any colour you'd like--the Gold effect will override the colour, so its initial colour value is unimportant.

Double-click the layer containing your shape to open the Layer Styles window. Click the check box next to "Gradient Overlay" on the left-hand side of the Layer Styles window.

Click the bar next to "Gradient" to edit the gradient. Click the rightmost gradient marker (also known as a gradient "stop") below the gradient bar. Under "Stops," click "Color" to change the colour of the selected gradient stop. At the bottom of the Color Selector window, next to "#," type "f4deac" (without the quotes). This will change the colour to a nice, bright gold.

Click the leftmost gradient marker below the gradient bar. Under "Stops," click "Color." Next to "#," type: "3d2c10" (without the quotes). This will make the gradient go from the bright gold (created in the previous step) to a dark brown, giving the illusion of a metallic gold shine to your object.

Click the check box next to "Stroke" in the Layer Styles window to add a border around your object. In the Structure settings, set the size to 2 pixels, the position to inside and the opacity to 100%. Change the Fill Type setting to "Gradient." Click the bar next to "Gradient" to edit the gradient. Create three stops between the leftmost and rightmost gradient stops by clicking the gradient bar three times. Using the method in the previous step, change the colours of the five stops to the following, in order from leftmost stop to rightmost stop: f2debb, 211906, 93763a, 211906, f2debb. This will create a gold shine around the edges of your object, making it look as if a light is shining down on it.

Click the check box next to "Bevel and Emboss" on the left-hand side of the Layer Styles window to make the object look three dimensional. In the Structure settings, set Style to Inner Bevel, Depth to 151%, Size to 0 pixels and Soften to 2 pixels. In the Shading settings, set Angle to 45 degrees, Altitude to 0, Highlight Opacity to 97% and Shadow Mode Opacity to 100%.

Click "OK" to save your layer style and apply it to your object. Your object will now have an impressive gold effect applied to it, giving it a professional feel. Click "File," "Save" to save your work.

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Fred Larrey hails from Providence, R.I., where he has been involved in computer science research since 2005. Some of his work has appeared in the annual "SIGGRAPH" graphics convention magazine. Larrey holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University.