How to create a Metal Effect in Photoshop

Creating a metal effect in Photoshop is really popular; it creates a lovely
effect (with plenty of variations) and is surprisingly simple to produce.

Step 1

Create a new canvas – say 500 * 300, Res of 72, color mode: RGB Color then Click OK

Step 2

From the top menu select File >> Fill. From the dropdown boxes and grids select 50% grey, mode normal and 100% Opacity >> click ok. You should now have a solid grey Background.

Step 3

From the top menu again, select Filter >> Noise >> Add Noise

Set the noise level to 20%, Set Distribution to Gaussian and check the ‘monochromatic’ box

Step 4

From the top menu again, select Filter >> Blur >> Motion Blur

Set the angle to -45, and the distance to 20.

Step 5

From the top menu again, select Filter >> Render>> Lighting Effects

Change the settings to:

  • Lighting type = Omni
  • Intensity = 21
  • Gloss = 100
  • Material = 100
  • Exposure = 10
  • Ambience = 10

Click OK

Step 6

That’s it!


All that’s left to do now is find a stunning way to use your new skills 🙂



Good Luck and don’t forget you can request a tutorial

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