Tutorial for Reflective Metal in Photoshop

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Tutorial for Reflective Metal in Photoshop
Create reflective metal from scratch. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A reflective metal effect can be used to create interesting surfaces. It also can be mixed with a number of other textures, filters and effects to create a whole array of looks. Create the illusion of metal using some of Photoshop's blending tools.

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    Create a black and white version of the shape you want your reflective metal to take. The edges should be sharp contrast, just black and white with no grey in between. Make the background white and the foreground (the object) black.

  2. 2

    Select your layer, then click "Layers," "Layer Style" and "Satin." This will create a snake- or electric-like effect in the interior of your object.

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    Check "Bevel and Emboss" on the left-hand side. Change the style to "Inner Bevel" and set the technique to "Smooth." Set the direction to "Up." Adjust the depth and contour until the inner bevel blocks out most of the inside of your object, while leaving just the sides visible. The sides will reveal the Satin effect, which combined will create the metallic surface.

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    Click "Drop Shadow." The drop shadow will take the hardness off the edge of the object. Reduce the opacity until the drop shadow is barely noticeable, but still adds to the effect.

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    Adjust the "Satin" and "Bevel and Emboss" settings. Play around with the opacity and contour of the satin, as well as the depth and contour of the bevel. Changing the various settings will give you slightly different effects. Spend some time experimenting until you get the object to look just the way you want it.

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