How to Create a Metal Surface in Photoshop
Like myself, I’m sure many others had difficulty when first introduced to Adobe Photoshop. When it comes to tools and apps in Photoshop, it’s all about finding where everything is, how to apply them, toggle them, and mix them. Basically most of the learning is done on your own. The following guide is not the standard method but is meant to help point you in the right direction. Once you wrap your head around the general layout of these instructions, you’re free to mix it up however you please.
For this guide, I am using Photoshop CS4 in presenting how to render a metallic surface.
1. To start, I make a new file by selecting File in the top menu bar
· File > New File >
· The name is your choice.
· Preset: Clipboard
· Width & Height: 4 inches
· Resolution: 72 pixels/inch
· Color Mode: RGB Color – 8 bit
· Background Contents: White
· Click OK
I then go to the Layer panel (lower right) and double click the background layer. When the New Layer box appears, just click OK – the background is now a regular layer.
2. Go to the color swatches panel (upper right) and select the swatch 25% Grey to make it your foreground color. Then go to the top menu bar.
· Edit > Fill >
In the Fill box that appears, make these specifications
· Contents-Use: foreground color
· Blending-Mode: normal
· Opacity: 100%
· Click OK
3. Go to the top menu bar
· Filter > Noise > Add Noise >
In the Add Noise box that appears, make these specifications
· Amount: 8%
· Distribution: Gaussian
· Monochromatic is toggled on (selected)
· Click OK
4. Go to the top menu bar
· Filter > Blur > Motion Blur >
In the Motion Blur box that appears, make these specifications
· Angle: 0 degrees
· Distance: 50 pixels
· Click OK
5. Go back to the top menu bar
· Filter > Render > Lighting Effects >
Now here is where some things may turn out slightly different, but that doesn’t matter much
· Light Type: Omni
· ON check box is selected
· In the preview box to the left, make the circle so that is fills up most of the art box but doesn’t touch the edges.
o Gloss: 0, Material: 70, Exposure: 0, Ambiance: 8, Texture Channel: none
You should now have an idea of how to simulate a metallic surface. Remember, this is just to give you a rough example of the method. You can do it over and toggle settings to your preference and to achieve the desired outcome.
Written by Ryan Hatton
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