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Stamped Metal Effect - Photoshop Tutorial
Here is a free tutorial from Photoshop Daily: Make a realistic, stamped metallic sign, by Simon Skellon.
There’s absolutely no substitute to using real-life textures in your artwork, and using the Custom Shape tool, Layer Styles and the Type tool, you can make a realistic sign. Here’s the final image, using one of our texture files that can be downloaded using the link in step 5.
1. Open a new blank canvas at 1000px wide x 800px high at 72 dpi. Find the Rounded Rectangle tool and set your foreground colour to a light grey (no. f2f2f2). In the Options bar set Radius to 10px and draw a rectangle in the centre of your canvas.
2. Double-click the Shape’s layer and add an Inner Glow layer style. Set its colour to black, Mode: Normal, Opacity to 60%, Technique: Softer, Source: Edge, Size 13px and Contour: Cone. Also set Range to 11%, giving our sign a thin black strip around the inner edge. Hit OK and Rasterize the Shape by going to Layer>Rasterize>Shape.
3. Select the Type tool and the font Rockwell Extra Bold set to white, Size at 155pt and Anti-alias: Crisp. Click once with the Type tool in your sign, and in upper case, enter your desired message.
4. Double-click on the Type’s layer to open the Layer Style menu and click on the Inner Shadow option. Set Mode to Multiply, Opacity to 75%, its colour to black, Angle to -90, Distance to 3px, Choke to 10% and Size to 4px. Hit OK to the apply the shadow to the font. It should look similar to this.
5. Now for the texture! Download the metallic texture from our free stock library here (texture no. 8). Open in Photoshop and drag and drop (using the Move tool) the surface onto the sign’s canvas. Hit Ctrl/Cmd+T and, holding Shift, resize to fit over the sign. Before applying the transform, go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 90 CW. Hit Enter and lower the layer’s Opacity to 50%.
6. With the texture’s layer selected, hit Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+U to Desaturate, making it a black and white texture. Ctrl/Cmd-click on the Rounded Rectangle’s layer (the small thumbnail part) to activate a selection around its border. Click back on the texture’s layer and add a layer mask using the option at the base of the Layers palette.
For a finishing touch, you can lighten the texture image by clicking on the texture’s thumbnail, going to Image>Adjustments>Levels and boosting the far right point until the highlights go a shiny white. Alternatively, try using the Darken blend mode for the texture’s layer.
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