How To Create A Gold Foil Effect In Photoshop [ Clipping Mask Tutorial ]

Feb 17 2016
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business
Recently, while working on a branding project, my client asked me if we could incorporate some gold foil texture in her design elements. Although I knew this was totally possible, I hadn’t tried it out for myself. Being familiar with Photoshop, I guessed I could do this by creating a clipping mask. And I was right! It took me less than 2 minutes to create the gold effect using the clipping mask in Photoshop and it is super easy – so I had to share it with you! This is the kind of effect we are going to create using this tutorial.
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business
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Let’s dive right into the tutorial!  You will need:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Gold Texture ( You can download the one I used in the tutorial from here )
Step 1 : First, let’s create a canvas to create the artwork on by going to  File > New. Select the name & dimensions for your file and click OK. If your toolbar isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Tools (select). If your layers panel isn’t open, locate it by opening Windows > Layers (select).

Step 2 :  Select the text tool from the toolbar and create a new text layer. Type in some placeholder text – I am using GOLD.

Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business

Step 3 : Import the gold texture that you downloaded by going to File > Place. Position the gold texture on top of the text that you created in Step 2. Now in the layers panel, make sure to arrange the gold texture layer above the text layer as below.
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business
Step 4 : Now its time to create the clipping mask. In the layers panel, right click on the gold texture layer and select the option Create Clipping mask. Voila, you are done!
 
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business
Isn’t Photoshop really awesome? It lets you create amazing visual effects like this one in just a matter of minutes. You can use this method to create different text effects that you can use for your logos, headers, blog graphics etc. Here is another one that I created!
Create awesome gold foil text effect using Photoshop in 3 easy steps. You 'll learn how to use the clipping mask in Photoshop to create amazing text effects in Photoshop for your blog and business

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  • I have no idea why I haven’t though of using clipping masks over text!! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • My pleasure Andrea! Clipping mask is one of my favorite tools – it can do amazing stuff!

  • Jennifer

    AH. I always had wondered how to do this, but never really ‘cared’ enough to look it up and figure it out myself. I’m so glad you did a tutorial on this! This is now my new favourite thing to play around with! THANK YOU!

    • Hey Jennifer! 🙂 Yayy! I d love to see what you come up with – please share it here 🙂

  • Esraa Bassiouny

    again you are such a life saver, thank you so much.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

    • Aw 🙂 you are SO welcome Esraa!

  • Thanks! This seems so much simpler than I thought it would be!

    • Yay! It is really simple right – just takes 2 min! Welcome Heather!

  • This is so helpful, and I love that it works for any type of overlay! I can definitely see myself using this a ton in the future now.

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin’

    • Hey Angelina 🙂 Glad to hear that. Yes you can create a lot of things using this, the possibilities are limitless!

  • yay so helpful – thank you! xx

  • Raquel Perez

    which texture did you use for the Color one?

  • thanks so much for this tutorial its so helpful!

  • Whoa! First time – using the Clipping Mask feature, and I can tell you this – truly thrilled. Thank you for posting this tutorial!

  • Joanna Lai

    THANK YOU. just, THANK YOU.

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