Turning ordinary objects and shapes into gold is something that's usually relegated to the mythical art of alchemy. With Photoshop, however, you can turn shapes, text and photographic elements into gold with a variety of effects and filters. This effect makes a striking illustration and, to the untrained eye, will look as if you have actually found a way to create gold from thin air.
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Create a new document by choosing the File menu at the top of the workspace and selecting "New." In the dialogue box that appears, indicate the size of the document you wish to make and click "OK."
Draw or import the shape you wish to make gold into your new document. This shape can be something you've created with Photoshop's pen tool, a photographic element against a transparent background or text created in Photoshop.
Highlight the shape layer you just created and right-click the layer in the layers palette. Choose "Blending Options" from the menu that appears.
Click "Bevel and Emboss" on the left-hand side of the "Blending Options" dialogue box. Under the "Structure" heading, set the style to "Inner Bevel."
Click on the "Gloss Contour" indicator under "Shading" and choose the "Ring" contour. If you are unsure which bump map is the "Ring" style, hover over the various styles and each one will feature a pop-up text name indicating the contour's name.
Select the "Contour" heading underneath "Bevel and Emboss" on the left-hand side of the "Blending Options" box. Pull down the contour menu and select the "Gaussian" contour.
Choose the "Satin" option on the left-hand side of the "Blending Options" box. Select the "Cone -- Inverted" contour box from the pull down menu.
Click the "Gradient Overlay" option and create a new gradient. Make the gradient a mixture of dark yellows contrasted with lighter yellows to simulate the look of light shining on gold. Click OK to exit out of the gradient editor and click OK on the "Blending Options" box to set the settings for your gold look.
Select the File menu from the top of the workspace and choose "Save As." In the dialogue box that appears, indicate the name of your new document and click "Save."
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