Learn how to create chrome text in Photoshop. This effect can be used for other objects besides text.
If you’ve come here from the video you can download my layer style below.
After downloading my Style in Photoshop go to Window/Styles and click on the Styles panel menu at the top right. Choose ‘Load Style‘ and navigate to the downloaded file with the extension of “.asl”. You will find the style at the bottom of the list.
Pick your Font
I like a more rounded font that will show off the chrome effect.
It does matter what colour you use for the text. Starting with a grey colour text will help you visualise the process better.
Don’t forget the size of the font will dictate the size of the bevel. The larger the font the bigger the bevel. The smaller the font the smaller the bevel.
Bevel and Emboss
Follow these settings but “Size” will have the greatest impact.
- Style: Inner Bevel.
- Technique: Smooth.
- Depth: 220%.
- Direction: Up.
- Size: Very Important to experiment. I’ve used 49px.
- Soften: 2px do experiment.
- Angle: 90 degrees.
- Altitude: 25 degrees.
- Tick: UseGlobal Light
- Gloss Contour: Ring (or experiment)
- Anti-aliased: Ticked
- Highlight: Screen & 80 pct opacity – ColourWhite
- Shadow: Multiply & 80 pct opacity – Colour Black
“Gloss Contour” will add a gloss effect to the bevel, it does not shape the bevel, it just adds the gloss effect. Try the “Ring” gloss contour first but try other contours. “Ring – Double” can be effective as well.
If you can’t work out what contour is which – change the menu to text only.
If you find contour doesn’t work don’t use it. Contour can add too much complexity.
Contour is part of the Bevel Emboss group. The purpose of Contour is to shape the Bevel by dictating how the light flows across the Bevel. Therefore Contour has a big impact.
On the “Contour” drop-down menu pick “Ring”, other contours don’t really work.
Play around with “Range” keeping your eye on the Preview Box.
If you can’t work out which contour is which – change the menu to “Text Only”
The most important part is to use the right Gradient. Make sure you click the drop-down arrow at the end of the gradient and pick “Metals”. Then pick “Silver”.
If you use these settings you should be ok. Be aware that Scale is important, so play around but keep your eye on the “Preview” box.
Not absolutely necessary it just helps give the effect some depth. Keep your settings in this region as shown below.