We’re going to try to get a really metallic chrome effect on our text, using curves and other features in Photoshop. Start off with a large canvas, the larger the better – I’m using 800×800. Make some text and have it a light-medium grey, in the example I’ll use #B3B3B3.
- Start off by using a nice big bevel and emboss with settings similar to these. As usual, the size should be suitable for the size of the image; try to make it look like the example.
- Now we need to rasterize our layer. Create a new layer by pressing ctrl/cmd + shift + N, then link the new layer with the text layer, and press ctrl/cmd + E to merge it. This will rasterize our text layer.
Now we need to adjust the image using curves – press ctrl/cmd + M to open the curves menu, then enter a nice even zig zag, as shown here. (more…)