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Strike gold with your next image

Added on Tuesday 22nd of January 2008 07:00 am EST
 
Application:
Adobe Photoshop CS/CS2/CS3
Operating Systems:
Microsoft Windows, Macintosh


Wouldn’t it be great if Photoshop offered a Dip In Gold command? Then you could turn any image into a gold masterpiece! Since Adobe probably isn’t going to add that option anytime soon, we’ll show you how to give your image the Midas touch.

To add a gold dusting to your image, we’ll:
 

  • Show you how to create a series of layer styles to emulate the look of gold.
  • Tell you how to reveal the gold dusting over your image.
  • Provide you with tips that you can use to make dusting gold on your image a cinch.

Precious metals are a fine commodity and the look of gold will add a striking flair to your digital images. So when you’re short on time but really want to impress your boss or client, here’s a quick way to give your image a gold dusting, as shown in Figure A.


A

Set up the image
In this technique, we won’t plate our image in gold, but rather apply a fine dusting. You’ll need an image to work with, or if you want to follow along with our example, download the file gold.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article, extract the file greenisgold.psd, launch Photoshop and open the file. (Images provided by PhotoSpin. Some images modified for educational purposes.)

To set up the layers for your image:
  1. Open the file greenisgold.psd, as shown in Figure B, or another image you wish to adorn with gold flakes.


B

  1. Click on the Create New Fill Or Adjustment Layer located at the base of the Layers palette and select Solid Color from the pop-up menu.
  2. Set the new color to white (R:255, G:255,B:255) and click OK.

Strike gold
The next thing we’re going to do is add a couple of layer styles to emulate the gold look.
  1. Click on the Add A Layer Style Button located at the base of the layers palette and choose Bevel And Emboss from the pop-up menu.
  2. Set the settings as shown in Figure C and click OK.



C

  1. Click on the Texture option in the Styles panel to select the Texture check box and make the Texture settings active.
  2. Click on the Pattern Preset Picker and select the Stucco 3 preset, as shown in Figure D. If it doesn’t display, click on the triangle option button in the preset picker pop-up menu, select Texture Fill 2, and then click OK to replace your current pattern presets or click Append to add the Texture Fill 2 set to your curr...