I was working on a project recently where I wanted to create headers referencing four different types of metal. I’ll start with the finished images and then I’ll discuss how they were created.

First, I needed to know what color represented each kind of metal. A quick Google search gave them to me: Bronze (#cd7f32), Silver (#c0c0c0), Gold (#d4af37) and Platinum (#e5e4e2). Having just a solid color wasn’t metallic enough for me. So I used one of the textures from Textures Unleashed Volume 2: Metal to fill an area with brushed metal.

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Once an area was filled with the brush metal texture, it was desaturated to remove all color. Another rectangle was filled with the each metal color and merged at 70% opacity with the underlying brushed metal. Now I had brushed bronze, silver, gold and platinum.

The last step was to add the text. Each word was converted from an object (layer) to a mask (selection) so I could use the shape of the text to apply an effect in Corel PHOTO-PAINT (or Adobe Photoshop). The last step was accomplished with the Bevel filter in Alien Skin’s Eye Candy 7. It didn’t take long and I love the resulting headers!

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