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Photoshop Tutorial: Colored Chrome Text Effect

We’ve seen many photoshop tutorials showing how to create the chrome text effect. In this tutorial we will go a step further and create a colored chrome text effect.

First we need a bold rounded font. We can get a free one from urbanfonts.com. Let’s pick Adira Display. Then create a new file. Dimensions should be 500px x 500px. A dark gray background is just fine. Don’t pick black as we are going to adjust that part later with an adjustment layer. Write the world BIG in a new layer with font size of 190pt approx. Like the image below:

Double click on the font layer to bring up the layer styles window. Click on Gradient overlay and create the gradient that you will see on the following image.

We will need 6 colors and the values (from left to right) are:
1. #bedeec
2. #bcb7d7
3. #f0c9d7
4. #f5c8b5
5. #f5f2ca
6. #dff3fe

Now we should have the following image:

Back in the layer styles click on Satin and enter the following settings:

And now we should have something like this:

Now we are going to apply the following styles. Inner glow, Outer glow, Inner Shadow and Drop Shadow. Let’s see the settings for each one of them.

Inner glow

Outer glow

Inner shadow uses a custom Contour setting which can be seen in the following image:

Drop Shadow

Great. You should now see something like this:

It looks OK but we can improve it. Actually it doesn’t look like chrome yet. We need to apply the following Bevel and Emboss style to get there. Let’s see the settings. The custom Contour can be found on the following image too:

And we should get this:

Ah. That’s better. A bit darker would do the trick don’t you think? Let’s do it then. Go to Layer -> Add Adjustment Layer -> Exposure and enter the following settings:

Let’s see our final result:

Really nice effect don’t you think?
Hint: If you remove the gradient layer now, you get a really nice black and white chrome effect like this:

Got a better result? Just give us your link!

150 comments

  1. GREAT EFFECT AND TUTORIAL but on CS4 I dont have:Go to Layer -> Add Adjustment Layer -> Exposure as you state at the end to darken the effect, only: Layer -> New adjustment Layer -> Exposure…but completely different settings there?

  2. i reallt likethis is i just dont no how to get the same type of font they used for the sample because i couldnt find it on photoshop and i didnt feel like downloading it and all. so idk. but i really like!!!! :)

  3. Insider If U Look Above The Layers Panel Theres A Load Of Icons One Of Them Is Exposure There In Alphabetical Order Its There

  4. Nice yes, pity the instructions are not at all accurate for Photoshop CS3. They don’t work and the pics are wrong and therefore cannot be followed

  5. This didn’t work! Somewhere around the satin stage, our images do not look similar at all. Did you leave something out? I am using CS3.

  6. I’m going with Brendon above. After the Satin effect is added it’s like it has an outline around it that mine did not get. Was there a small detail left out?

    It still came out good, a little dark here, but nothing a bit of tweaking can’t fix.

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