Photoshop Text Effects

How to Create a Steel Text Effect in Photoshop

In this Photoshop tutorial, we’ll learn how to create a steel text effect using just a couple of layer styles and textures.

Steel Text Effect

To create a steel text effect, you’ll need:

Step 1

Create a new 1000 x 700px document and paste the free texture metal into the document. Press Cmd/Ctrl + T and resize the texture.

Steel Text Background

Step 2

Open the metal texture in another window, go to Image > Image Size and use the settings shown below.

Steel Text Image Size

Go to Edit > Define Pattern and save the pattern with the name “Steel Texture”.

Steel Text Steel Texture

Step 3

Go back to your original document to create two patterns. Create a new layer and fill it with white. Then, grab the Brush Tool with the brush size 1px and Hardness 100%. Now, draw some black lines going through each other similar to the picture shown below. Once you are ready, go to Edit > Define Pattern and name it “Scratches”.

Steel Text Scratches

Create another white layer and make more scratches with different brush sizes. Then, go to Edit > Define Pattern and name it “Scratches 2”.

Steel Text Scratches 2

Now, make both of these layers invisible so that you can change your pattern if you don’t like the result with the layer style.

Step 4

Write your text with the Cafe Nero font and in white color.

Steel Text

Double-click on the text layer and apply the layer styles shown below.

Steel Text Drop Shadow

Steel Text Inner Shadow

Steel Text Effect Text Outer Glow

Steel Text Effect Text Inner Glow

Steel Text Effect Text Bevel and Emboss

Steel Text Effect Text Texture

Steel Text Effect Text Satin

Steel Text Effect Text Color Overlay

Steel Text Effect Text Stroke

Steel Text Effect Text Gradient Overlay

Steel Text Effect Text Pattern Overlay

Steel Text Effect Text Layer Style

Step 5

Duplicate the text layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Clear Layer Style.

Steel Text Duplicate Layer

Step 6

Double-click on the duplicate text layer and apply the layer styles shown below.

Steel Text Bevel and Emboss

Steel Text Texture

When you are applying the Texture Layer Style, click on your document area and move the texture around till you are satisfied with it.

Steel Text Texture Document

Step 7

Finally, we will make the text more realistic. Make the duplicate text layer invisible.

Steel Text Invisible

Select the original text layer, duplicate it, right-click on the new text layer and go to Layer > Rasterize > Type. Then, grab the Brush Tool with the settings shown below.

Steel Text Brush

Zoom in on your text and draw a little around the letters to get the effect shown below.

Steel Text Brush Tool

Next, grab the Eraser Tool and erase some of the text as shown below.

Steel Text Eraser Tool

Step 8

Duplicate this text layer, then select the text layer from step 6, go to Layer > Layer Style > Copy Layer Style, select the new text layer and go to Layer > Layer Style > Paste Layer Style. And we’re done creating a steel text effect!

Steel Text Effect

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