How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop
How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create a Golden Autumn-Inspired Text Effect in Adobe Photoshop

Final product image
What You’ll Be Creating

Autumn is all about the beautiful reds and golds and what’s in between. This tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop’s layer styles, filters, and adjustment layers, along with a couple of stock images, to create a glittering, gold, autumn-inspired text effect. Let’s get started!

This text effect was inspired by the many Layer Styles available on GraphicRiver.

Tutorial Assets

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial:

1. How to Create a Background Layer

Step 1

Create a new 1500 x 950 px document, and go to File > Place Linked to place the Wood Background image as a Smart Object on top of the Background layer.

Resize the Wood Background image as needed and hit the Return key to commit the changes.

Add the Background Image

Step 2

Go to Image > Adjustments > Vibrance, and change the Vibrance value to -20.

Vibrance

Step 3

Double-click the Wood Background layer to apply a Color Overlay effect with these settings:

  • Color: #d2d0cb
  • Blend Mode: Multiply
Color Overlay

This will adjust the coloring.

Adjusted Background

2. How to Create Text Layers

Step 1

Create the text in All Caps using the font Big Bottom Cartoon. Change the Size to 300 pt and the Tracking to 75.

Create the Text

Step 2

Duplicate the text layer to create a copy.

Duplicate the Text Layer

3. How to Create a Drop Shadow Effect

Double-click the original text layer to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

  • Opacity: 32%
  • Distance: 11
  • Size: 9
Drop Shadow

Step 2

Add another Drop Shadow effect instance with these settings:

  • Color: #121212
  • Opacity: 50%
  • Distance: 36
  • Size: 50
Drop Shadow

Step 3

Right-click the original text layer, choose Copy Layer Style, click the copy text layer, and choose Paste Layer Style.

Change the original text layer’s Fill value to 0.

Copy and Paste Layer Style

4. How to Create a Glittering Effect

Double-click the copy text layer to add the following layer style:

Step 1

Add a Bevel and Emboss with these settings:

  • Size: 3
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light
    • Shadow Mode: Color Burn
      • Opacity: 15%
    Bevel and Emboss

    Step 2

    Add a Contour with these settings:

    • Contour: Half Round
    • Check the Anti-aliased box.
    Contour

    Step 3

    Add an Inner Shadow with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Linear Burn
    • Opacity: 13%
    • Distance: 0
    • Size: 10
    Inner Shadow

    Step 4

    Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

    • Pattern: FDR Glitter Pattern 02
    • Scale: 50%
    Pattern Overlay

    Step 5

    Place both text layers in a group and name it Text Layers.

    Text Layers Group

    Step 6

    Add a Vibrance adjustment layer on top of the Text Layers group, clip it to the group, and change the Vibrance value to -70%.

    Vibrance

    5. How to Apply Color to an Image

    Step 1

    Open the Leaves0020 – Image 3 image, right-click the layer, choose Convert to Smart Object, and duplicate it.

    Hide the copy layer and make sure that the original is selected.

    Convert to Smart Object

    Step 2

    Go to Filter > Noise > Median, and change the Radius to 3.

    Median Filter

    Step 3

    Double-click the layer to apply a Color Overlay effect with these settings:

    Add a Color Overlay with these settings:

    • Color: #9c752a
    • Blend Mode: Color
    Color Overlay

    This will color the original leaf.

    Colored Leaf

    Step 4

    Show the copy layer, and expand the original‘s Filters list.

    Press-hold the Option key and click-drag the original leaf layer’s Smart Filters tab to the copy layer.

    Duplicate the Smart Filters

    6. How to Create a Gold Effect Using Filters

    Step 1

    Select the copy leaf layer, press Command-U, and change the Saturation value to -100.

    Change the Saturation

    Step 2

    Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Artistic > Plastic Wrap, and use these settings:

    • Highlight Strength: 20
    • Detail: 10
    • Smoothness: 7
    Plastic Wrap Filter

    Step 3

    Change the copy leaf layer’s Blend Mode to Linear Light.

    Change the Blend Mode

    Step 4

    Double-click the copy leaf layer to adjust its Blending Options.

    We are going to adjust the Underlying Layer sliders under the Blend If section.

    Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the right slider to split it. As you move the slider’s ends, you’ll notice how the copy leaf will not affect the lighter areas below it.

    Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag the left slider to exclude some of the darker areas as well.

    Blending Options

    Step 5

    This will create a golden leaf. Because we’re going to significantly downsize this when we use it, the effect will look even more refined and realistic. So don’t worry about the details for now.

    Save this file and keep it open as we’ll get back to it again.

    Save the File

    7. How to Use Highlights and Shadows to Increase Contrast

    Step 1

    Open the Leaves0153 – Image 1 image, convert the layer to a Smart Object, and duplicate it.

    Convert to a Smart Object

    Step 2

    Go to Select > Color Range, and choose Highlights from the Select drop-down menu. Adjust the Fuzziness and Range sliders to select the highlights.

    Select the Highlights

    Step 3

    Create a new layer on top of all layers and name it Highlights.

    Highlights Layer

    Step 4

    Fill the layer with White and press Command-D to deselect.

    Fill with White

    Step 5

    Hide the Highlights layer so that it doesn’t affect the Shadows selection we’re going to create next.

    Hide the Layer

    Step 6

    Go to Select > Color Range, and this time choose Shadows from the Select menu. Adjust the Fuzziness and Range sliders to select the shadows.

    Select the Shadows

    Step 7

    Create a new layer on top of all layers, name it Shadows, fill it with Black and deselect, and show the Highlights layer.

    Fill with Black

    Step 8

    Change both the Highlights and Shadows layers’ Blend Mode to Soft Light, and their Opacity value to 50%.

    This will help create more contrast.

    Change Layer Settings

    8. How to Duplicate and Adjust Effects and Filters

    Step 1

    What you need to do next is repeat the same steps to turn the leaves gold.

    You can duplicate the original leaf layers into this document to copy and paste the layer styles and duplicate the filters, but remember to delete the duplicated layers when you’re done.

    Apply the Layer Styles and Filters

    Step 2

    Double-click the original Leaves0153 – Image 1 layer to adjust its Color Overlay effect by changing the Color to #a27412.

    Color Overlay

    Step 3

    Double-click the copy Leaves0153 – Image 1 layer to adjust its Blending Options if needed.

    Blending Options

    You can adjust any settings needed to get a result you like.

    Gold Leaves

    9. How to Create Final Smart Objects for the Leaf Layers

    Step 1

    Go back to the first leaf layer document, duplicate the layers you have, hide the original ones, merge the copy layers, and rename the merged layer to Leaf 01.

    Merge Layers

    Step 2

    Add a Vibrance adjustment layer, clip it to the Leaf 01 layer, and change the Vibrance value to -35.

    Vibrance

    Step 3

    Select both the Leaf 01 and the Vibrance layers and convert them to a Smart Object.

    Placing the adjustment layer inside the Smart Object will help make it easily editable if you want to change its values anytime later on.

    Final Smart Object

    Step 4

    Go back to the second leaf image document, group the layers, duplicate the group and hide it, and merge the copy.

    Merge the Layers

    Step 5

    Pick the Lasso Tool and select one of the leaves.

    Select a Leaf

    Step 6

    Press Shift-Command-J to cut and paste the selected leaf into a new layer

    Select and cut and paste the second leaf into a new layer, and delete the original empty layer. Rename the first leaf layer to Leaf 02 and the second to Leaf 03.

    Separate the Leaf Images

    Step 7

    Add a clipped Vibrance layer using the same -35 Vibrance value to each of the leaf layers.

    Vibrance

    Step 8

    Convert each leaf layer and its Vibrance layer to Smart Objects.

    Convert to Smart Object

    10. How to Add the Leaves to the Text

    Step 1

    Duplicate the Leaf 01 layer to the original document that has the text layers. Place the leaf on top of the first letter and scale it down as you like.

    Add the First Leaf Layer

    Step 2

    Double-click the Leaf 01 layer to apply a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

    • Opacity: 32%
    • Distance: 11
    • Size: 9
    Drop Shadow

    This will add a subtle drop shadow effect.

    Shadow Effect

    Step 3

    Press-hold the Option key, and click-drag to duplicate the Leaf 01 layer. Then, you can transform the copy to build a dynamic effect.

    Duplicate the Leaf Layer

    Step 4

    Follow the same steps to add more Leaf 01 copies, as well as adding and duplicating the Leaf 02 and Leaf 03 layers, over a part of the first letter.

    Place all the leaf layers in a group with the letter’s name.

    Add and Group the Leaf Layers

    Step 5

    Keep duplicating and transforming the leaf layers to place them over all the remaining letters.

    Add More Leaves Over the Rest of the Text

    11. How to Add More Leaves

    Step 1

    Open the autumn leaves image, and use the Lasso Tool to select any of the leaves you want to add to your text, and copy them to the original text document.

    Select and Copy the Red Leaves

    Step 2

    Rename the copied leaf layer to Red Leaf 01, convert it to a Smart Object, and place it anywhere you like.

    Add a Red Leaf Layer

    Double-click the Red Leaf 01 layer to apply the following layer style:

    Step 3

    Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Linear Dodge (Add)
    • Opacity: 35
    • Pattern: FDR Glitter Pattern 02
    • Scale: 25%
    Pattern Overlay

    Step 4

    Add a Drop Shadow with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Darker Color
    • Opacity: 50%
    • Uncheck the Use Global Light box
    • Angle: 99
    • Distance: 6
    • Size: 9
    Drop Shadow

    Step 5

    Add another Drop Shadow effect instance with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Multiply
    • Opacity: 50%
    • Distance: 36
    • Size: 50
    Drop Shadow

    Step 6

    This will style the leaf layer. Make sure to copy and paste this layer style to any red leaf layers you add next.

    Copy the Layer Style

    Step 7

    Continue adding different red leaves until you get a result you like.

    Add More Red Leaves

    12. How to Add Pins

    Step 1

    Open the Mirror ball png image, and go to Image > Trim. Set Based On to Transparent Pixels, and check all the Trim Away boxes.

    Trim

    Step 2

    Double-click the layer to apply a Color Overlay with these settings:

    • Color: #998051
    • Blend Mode: Color
    Color Overlay

    Step 3

    Convert the mirror ball layer to a Smart Object.

    Convert to a Smart Object

    Step 4

    Duplicate the mirror ball’s smart object into the original document, rename its layer to Pin, place it on top of all layers, and resize it to fit inside the center of some of the leaves you have.

    Duplicate the Pin Layer

    Double-click the Pin layer to apply the following layer style:

    Step 5

    Add a Pattern Overlay with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Lighten
    • Pattern: FDR Glitter Pattern 02
    • Scale: 50%
    Pattern Overlay

    Step 6

    Add an Outer Glow with these settings:

    • Blend Mode: Soft Light
    • Opacity: 35%
    • Color: #ffffff
    • Size: 50
    Outer Glow

    Step 7

    Add a Drop Shadow effect with these settings:

    • Opacity: 32%
    • Distance: 11
    • Size: 9
    Drop Shadow

    This will style the pin.

    Styled Pin

    Step 8

    Duplicate the pin to add it over more parts of the text, and place all the pin layers in a group with the name Pins.

    Duplicate More Pins

    13. How to Apply Global Adjustments

    Step 1

    Add a Color Lookup adjustment layer and choose the 3Strip.look table from the 3DLUT File menu, and change the layer’s Opacity to 50%.

    Color Lookup

    Step 2

    Press the Shift-Option-Command-E keys to create a stamp layer on top of all layers. Rename the stamp layer to Lighting Effects and convert it to a Smart Object.

    Lighting Effects Layer

    Step 3

    Go to Filter > Render > Lighting Effects. Choose Spot Light and adjust the rest of the settings as below:

    Lighting Effects Filter

    Step 4

    Create another stamp layer on top of all layers, name it High Pass, convert it to a Smart Object, and change its Blend Mode to Soft Light.

    High Pass Layer

    Step 5

    Go to Filter > Other > High Pass, and set the Radius to 1.

    High Pass Filter

    Step 6

    Change the Lighting Effects layer’s Opacity to 50%.

    Lighting Effects Layer Opacity

    14. How to Add a Vignette

    Step 1

    Save the final result as an image, and open it.

    Save as an Image

    Step 2

    Go to Image > Image Size, and change the Width to 1000 px.

    Image Size

    Step 3

    Use the Elliptical Marquee Tool to create an elliptical selection around the text.

    Create an Elliptical Selection

    Step 4

    Add a new Solid Color fill layer and set the Color to Black. The selection will be applied to the mask.

    Solid Color

    Step 5

    Select the mask’s thumbnail and press Command-I to invert it.

    Invert the Mask

    Step 6

    Change the Solid Color layer’s Blend Mode to Soft Light and its Opacity to 35%.

    Layer Settings

    Step 7

    Select the mask’s thumbnail again and open the Properties panel to increase the Feather value until you get a smooth vignette effect.

    Mask Feather

    Congratulations! You’re Done!

    In this tutorial, we used layer styles to create some glittering text. Then, we used layer styles and filters to create gold leaves, and added them along with more red leaves over the text to create the main effect.

    Finally, we added some pins, and applied a bunch of adjustment layers and filters to blend everything together.

    Please feel free to leave your comments, suggestions, and outcomes below.

    Final Result