Bronze Text on Granite Plaque Photoshop Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to make nice bronze-effect lettering, and how to use Photoshop’s built-in tools and patterns to make a granite plaque. We will also be creating the screws for the plaque. There is a nice selection of techniques included in this tutorial which is for Photoshop beginners

Bronze Text on a Granite Plaque

Resources:

Androgyne Font from dafont.com

Adoralyna Metal Gradients from deviantart.com

Brick Wall Texture from sxc.hu


Step 1

Open a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Step 2

Select the Type tool, Androgyne font, size 200pt, foreground colour black

Type your required word

Right click on the layer in the layers palette and click on Rasterize Type

Rename the layer ‘text’

Step 3

Create a new layer below the text layer – name it ‘plaque’

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the text layer in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Expand – set to 45px – click OK

With the plaque layer active and with white as the foreground colour

Edit>Fill>Foreground Color – click OK

Ctrl + D to deselect (you won’t be able to see the image right now)

Step 4

Double click on the plaque layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Pattern Overlay, Color Overlay and Bevel and Emboss settings:

Pattern Overlay Settings

Color Overlay Settings

Bevel & Emboss Settings

Step 5

Double click on the text layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay, Bevel and Emboss and Outer Glow settings:

Text Gradient Overlay Settings

Text Bevel & Emboss Settings

Text Outer Glow Settings

Merge the text and plaque layers together – make sure this layer is called ‘plaque’

Step 6

Create a new layer above all other layers – name it ‘screw’

Select the Elliptical Marquee tool

Hold down the Shift key to produce a perfect circle

Drag out a circle – smallish, but the size doesn’t really matter as we will be resizing it later

Step 7

Select the Gradient Fill tool and apply the following settings:

Gradient Fill Settings

Select Radial Gradient and check the Reverse box

Drag the cursor from the middle of the circle to some way outside it, as shown below:

Gradient Fill Direction

Ctrl + D to deselect

Step 8

With the screw layer still selected

Image>Adjustments>Curves – apply the follow settings (or close to):

Curves Settings

Step 9

Double click on the screw layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Gradient Overlay settings:

Screw Gradient Overlay Settings

Step 10

Create a new layer above the screw layer – name it ‘slot’

Select the Rectangular Marquee tool and drag out a selection through the middle of the screw

Fill the selection with grey #494848:

Rectangular Selection

Step 11

Ctrl + Click on the thumbnail of the screw layer in the layers palette to select the pixels

Select>Modify>Contract – set to 1px – click OK

Select>Inverse

With the slot layer active, hit the Delete key

Ctrl + D to deselect

Step 12

Double click on the slot layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Inner Glow and Gradient Overlay settings:

Slot Inner Glow Settings

Slot Gradient Overlay Settings

Step 13

Merge the screw and slot layers together – make sure this layer is called ‘screw’

Step 14

With the screw layer active

Ctrl + T to transform the object

Move the screw to where it is to be placed

Hold down the shift key to retain the proportions and reduce the size of the screw as required

Step 15

You now have to duplicate the layer 3 times

Select the Move tool and move each screw into place

Step 16

Using the Transform tool as previously, rotate 3 of the 4 screws a little so the slots are not all in the same direction

Step 17

Double click on one of the screw layers in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings:

Drop Shadow Settings - Screw

Copy and paste the layer style to each of the screw layers

Step 18

Open the Brick Wall Texture

Image>Image Size – set the width to 800px, auto height – click OK

Select>All

Edit>Copy (Ctrl + C)

Make your project active

Make the background layer active

Edit>Paste (Ctrl + V)

Step 19

Double click on the plaque layer in the layers palette to bring up the blending options and apply the following Drop Shadow settings:

Plaque Drop Shadow Settings

Bronze Text on a Granite Plaque


You obviously do not have to use the brick wall texture – you can choose whatever background you prefer.

Do not be afraid to play around with the plaque layer – you can apply different patterns and color overlay settings – you may well come up with a texture that you prefer – the same thing goes for the text… just play and have fun!

Carol

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