Video on Silver Text Style
Download my Silver Text Style
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.
Download a complete Photoshop File
The Size of Stroke and Bevel is dictated by the size of your Type. This effect does not work for small type. Size Matters.
Importantly don’t forget to group the Layer with itself (Cmd or Ctrl + G) and change the blend mode of the group to “Normal” at the end.
Colour your Text a Neutral Grey
Pick a neutral grey colour I use HSB 0/0/60 which is 60% grey. Or, RGB 153, 153, 153.
Add a Light Grey Stroke
Double-click a blank part of the layer, or go to Layer>Layer Style>Stroke
Be careful to set the size of your stroke to match the size of your font.
- Size: To match the size of the font here I chosen 25px
- Position: Centre
- Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
- Overprint: Ticked
- FILL TYPE: Color: HSB 192/3/65 (light grey). Or, RGB 161, 165, 166
Add a Stroke Emboss with Bevel and Emboss
- Style: Stroke Emboss
- Technique: Smooth
- Depth: 344% Keep your eye on the small preview on the panel as you increase the depth.
- Direction: Up
- Size: Roughly the same as the size of the stroke, or slightly higher. Here I’ve chosen 35px, 10px higher than the stroke.
- Soften: 0
- Angle: 85 degrees
- Altitude: 26 degrees
- Gloss Contour: Ring Contour
- Highlight Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
- Opacity: 79% – for White
- Shadow Mode: Linear Burn
- Opacity: 38% – for Black
Keep the size of the Bevel in the same region as the size of the stroke. I normally make the Bevel size a little larger than the Stroke. Using the Gloss Contour of “Ring Contour” seems to work best.
Choose Ring Contour and keep the Range in the region of 50%. Don’t feel you have to use Contour. If it doesn’t work for you don’t use it.
Contour — Add a Ring Contour (Optional)
This is optional as it can be over-the-top and not always needed.
- Contour: Ring
- Range: 50%
With Contour use Ring Contour. I’ve used a range of 50% if you do change it keep your eye on the preview.
Add a Silver Gradient Overlay
Pick your Gradient by going to the drop-down arrow at the right of the Gradient and then click the Cog symbol, and choose Metals. Then Choose Silver
Try and match these settings
- Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add).
- Opacity: 39%
- Gradient: Silver
- Align with Layer: Ticked
- Style: Diamond
- Angle: 60 degrees
- Scale: 88%
Adobe in 2020 seems to have removed the Artists Surfaces which has the Granite Texture. If you can’t find it try a Canvas pattern.
The reason I add a pattern it just to give it a bit of texture as the effect has a tendency to look like Chrome.
Click the drop-down arrow at the right edge of Pattern then click the Cog symbol and choose “Artists Surfaces“. Then pick “Granite“. Play around with the Scale to get the effect you want.
- PATTERN OVERLAY
- Blend Mode: Multiply
- Opacity: 41%
- Pattern: Granite
- Scale: 85%
- Link with Layer: Ticked.
Don’t worry too much about the Drop Shadow. The shadow just helps give it some more pizazz.
- Blend Mode: Multiply
- Opacity: 50%
- Angle: 112 Degrees
- Distance: 49px
- Spread: 0%
- Size: 39px
- Contour: Linear
- Noise: 0%
- Layer Knocks Out Drop Shadow: Ticked.
DON’T FORGET TO GROUP THE LAYER WITH ITSELF AND CHANGE THE BLEND MODE TO “NORMAL”