Create a Liquid Gold Text Effect in Photoshop

This tutorial will walk you through the steps to create this liquid gold text effect. There are many gold text effect tutorials out there, but with this one I will show you how you can easily adapt it to create just about any liquid-filled text.

It is a fun effect using a method that can be played around with to achieve very different and interesting results.

Liquid Gold Text

Step 1

Create a new file using the following settings:

New File Settings

Fill the background with dark grey #1F1F1F

Step 2

Select the Type tool, Cooper Std font, or a similar heavy, rounded style font, size 300pt, foreground colour black.

Type your required text.

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

Step 3

Duplicate the text layer twice so you have name these layers (from the bottom layer upwards): Text, Text copy and Text copy 2

Turn off the visibility of the Text and Text copy layers and make sure the Text copy 2 layer is highlighted in the layers palette.

Step 4

Hold down the Ctrl key and click on the thumbnail of the Text copy 2 layer in the layers palette to select the pixels.

Select>Modify>Contract: set to 4px, click OK

Hit the delete button.

You should be left with just a thin outline as shown below:

Outline

Step 5

Double click on the layer in the layers palette or click on fx at the bottom of the layers palette to bring up the blending options. Apply the following settings:

Bevel and Emboss:
Bevel and Emboss

Contour:
Contour

Color Overlay:
Color Overlay

Stroke:
Stroke

The result should be like that shown below:

Gold Outline

Step 6

Make the Text copy layer active and restore the visibility.

Hold down the Ctrl button and click on the thumbnail in the layers palette to select the pixels.

Select>Modify>Contract: set to 3px, click OK

Select>Inverse

Hit the delete button.

Step 7

Double click on the layer in the layers palette or click on fx at the bottom of the layers palette to bring up the blending options. Apply the following settings:

Bevel and Emboss:
Bevel and Emboss

Color Overlay:
Color Overlay

Your text should be looking like this:

Text Gold

Step 8

Create a new layer above the Text copy layer, hold down the Shift key and click on the Text copy layer so now both the new, empty layer and the Text copy layer should be highlighted. Right click on either of the highlighted layers and click Merge Layers, make sure the layer is still called Text copy.

Hold down the Alt key and click on the adjustment layer icon (circle half black and half white) at the bottom of the layers palette – make sure you hold down the mouse button while navigating to Solid Color.

Check the box Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask, click OK.

Use gold colour #937837. Set the layer mode to Color.

Step 9

Create a new layer above the Background layer and fill it with any colour.

Double click on the layer in the layers palette or click on fx at the bottom of the layers palette to bring up the blending options.

Apply the gradient of your choice, or use the same one I have used with the following settings:

Gradient Overlay

Reduce the layer opacity to around 65%

Step 10

Make the Text layer active and restore visibility.

Ctrl + T to transform the object.

Right click within the Transform box and click on Skew. Move the top centre handle to the right.

Right click within the Transform box and click on Perspective. Move one of the top corner handles out a little.

Right click within the Transform box and click Free Transform. Move the top centre handle down to about two thirds of it’s original height.

The transformation should be looking something like this:

Transform

Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur: set to around 4, click OK

Reduce the layer opacity to around 40%

The finished effect:

Liquid Gold Text

You can make changes to the colour or the settings to give different effects, and here are a couple of examples:

Milky Text Effect

To achieve this effect I added another Text layer below the Text copy 2 layer and applied a Bevel and Emboss settings making the following changes to the default settings: Depth 1%, Size 46px, Gloss Contour: Half Round.

The font is Creampuff, available from 1001freefonts.com.

Milky Text

Water Text Effect

To achieve this effect I changed the colours for the colour overlay blends and used some bubble brushes.

The font is Alba Matter, available from dafont.com.

Water Text


So as you can see, playing around with the settings can create some very different effects. You could perhaps have Chocolate Text, or Orange Juice Text. The possibilities are endless.

I hope you have fun and achieve a result you like.

 

Carol

I love using and learning Photoshop, and I also enjoy creating resources to share with the world. I am at my happiest when I have free time to further explore all that Photoshop has to offer and learn more about its powerful built-in tools. I hope people enjoy either using or learning from my free resources, and welcome any hints and tips - and of course, if you would like to offer a free resource on this site, please don't hesitate to contact me (top right of the page).

1 Comment

Photoshop Download

about 2 years ago

Excellent text effects! All tutorials are remarkable and easy to understand. Thanks for share.

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