Tutorial-Creating a Style in Photoshop (Gold)  

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Tutorial-Creating a Style in Photoshop (Gold)
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I've had a number of people ask how I do the gold work in my images. I use Photoshop's Layer Styles and the styles palette. This is a tutorial on how to do it, if you're interested. You'll want to download this at 1600x1200 so you can read it - it has a lot of information crammed into it. Please leave me a note and let me know if it's helped you. Ask questions, and I'll answer them in the discussion below (be sure to subscribe to the discussion so you know when I've answered your question).


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08/18/05 6:36 PM GMT
Quick note: If you choose to use the background layer rather than creating a new one...Unlock the background layer by renaming it, be sure to erase all the color that's there before you start painting your design. If you don't, you'll have a solid image of gold when you apply the style, because the style gets applied to all paint of any color on that layer.
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08/18/05 6:47 PM GMT
Layer styles are one of the most effective creative tools in Photoshop and I use them a lot in my work. this is an excellent guide for anyone unfamiliar with them. thanks for taking the time to create and post this.
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"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps"
08/18/05 6:55 PM GMT
Thanks Nathan :)
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"Little dreams cost the same as big dreams, so why not dream big"?
08/18/05 7:20 PM GMT
Ahh, so that's how you do all your pretty gold lace >_^
Thanks Nathan, I'll be trying this one out very soon! :]
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08/18/05 8:06 PM GMT
Will this work with Elements 3??
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One bead at a time..
08/18/05 8:12 PM GMT
Thank you. Be sure to try some of the other styles that come with Photoshop. The styles palette has a drop-down menu with many lists of styles you can browse through. But the most important thing is that you can create your own combinations of styles that can give almost any look you want to a layer. That's the power of it.
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08/18/05 8:18 PM GMT
Hi Ann. I have Photoshop Elements 3 installed on computers in my lab. It comes with many "canned" styles which you can apply, but I can't see any way to add or create my own style in it. I think you'll need the full version of Photoshop to create your own styles. If I'm wrong here, someone please let me know.
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08/18/05 8:28 PM GMT
Another note: When you've defined a new style by dragging the effects list from the layers palette to the styles palette, that style is available to any new file you create in Photoshop. In essence, you're building your own library of styles which you can use anytime you want. You can even share the styles with other Photoshop users by sharing the .asl files in the Adobe Photoshop -> Presets -> Styles folder.
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08/18/05 8:28 PM GMT
Exellent work Nathan and thx for charing.
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have a nice day and read more fantasy.
08/18/05 8:46 PM GMT
I knew it :)

Also, you can try doing the exact same thing on a completely transparent layer and then after you do the blending options, paint on it with the paintbrush tool. It can make some interesting effects
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"The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it." -Chinese Proverb
08/18/05 9:06 PM GMT
Blessed are the TutorialMakers

also ... The DonutMakers

in this age of downsizing you have to share the limelight
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Sometimes the truth knocks on the door and you say 'Go Away! I'm looking for the truth!' ---Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
08/19/05 4:27 AM GMT
Never occured to me to use more than two colors on the gradient bar, and I'm a fractal artist. lol
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"I create art to find people who think like me." Man Ray
08/19/05 5:15 AM GMT
You can have as many colors as you'd like. That can create some really beautiful gradients. For example take a look at the desert sunrise and sunset desktop drawings in my gallery.
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08/19/05 2:08 PM GMT
I don't even have Photoshop but I find this helpful. It applies to almost any program that lets you work with gradients and layers. I know just from looking at this that I can use this tutorial in Paint Shop Pro and GIMP... prolly some others I can't think of at the moment. Thanks for sharing :D
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«beware this troubled world...»
08/22/05 6:05 PM GMT
Just as a note - In Elements - you can modify the 'canned' layer styles once you have applied them in much the same way as you can tweak them initially in the full Photoshop.
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"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps"
08/23/05 5:05 AM GMT
i will have to try this out sometime! thankx for sharing have a great day! (^_^)
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08/23/05 1:08 PM GMT
I have never messed with this stuff, so I saved it and when I have time I hope to learn something new. Thank You, for sharing the information.
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08/23/05 1:19 PM GMT
You're welcome, my friends. I've learned so much from the Caedes community, it's nice to give something back. Phil, thanks for the heads up on Photoshop Elements 3. I'll play around with it some more.
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08/23/05 2:45 PM GMT
Thanks for the tutorial. I love using the layer styles on mutliple layers with varying transparencies.
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...rob... Lizard
08/24/05 11:55 AM GMT
Nathan THANKS very much.
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08/26/05 11:12 PM GMT
How I missed this, I don't know, by I want to thank you so much for putting this together, Nathan! This is wonderful!
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08/27/05 5:50 PM GMT
Oh my gosh Nathan, thanks sooooooo much for posting this. I've always wondered how you got such interesting and beautiful styles in your work.
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-=Pride is not a sin=-
08/27/05 5:54 PM GMT
You're welcome. Glad to share with you.
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04/10/06 3:56 PM GMT
Wow, Now I will have to find a babysitter so that I can play with this! I've never worked with layers and this looks like it may take a few to get the jist of it! Thanks for all your hard work!
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04/17/06 6:57 PM GMT
Hi Nathan
Thank you for a flawless and relatively straightforward tutorial.
I am an Elements user so I was glad to hear from Phil that it is capable of creating styles.
I am not yet familiar with styles but have a good understanding of layers and how they interact and I am learning more as we speak.
Best Wishes
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"All those.. moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
06/29/06 9:50 PM GMT
I just realized what I was doing wrong...I had not set the gloss contour correctly. Made it look really flat. Just in case anyone else missed that little detail :)
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-=Pride is not a sin=-
06/29/06 11:18 PM GMT
The more ups and downs in the gloss contour curve, the shinier it gets (to a point). :)
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11/07/06 12:47 AM GMT
I notice somebody mentioned using this tutorial in gimp and would be grateful for any hints. I've been trying to "translate" it but am having trouble getting it working right. Unless I'm missing something, gimp does not have layer styles in the same sense, so I'm not sure how to interpret all of the instructions especially since I don't know the default settings for things in Photoshop. I'm guessing they are not all the same as in gimp.

I was also trying to automate it using script-fu. Since I've never used script-fu before, I'm not surprised that hasn't yielded very good results. I'm just staggered that yielded results at all. My script worked OK on my test drawing (not great, but OK) but doesn't seem to work as well on other examples. Do layer styles in Photoshop adapt or do you tweak the settings as appropriate? Right now my script lets me choose any gradient, but I'm wondering if I need to set it up to allow other sorts of flexibility (which would not be "single click" obviously).

If I could figure out how to apply the process properly manually, though, I would be fairly happy - a script can always come later.

Thanks for the pointers in this, in any case, and especially thanks for the jewels tutorial. I don't think my jewels look quite right either, but that tutorial "translates" fairly easily into gimp, so I think their flaws are simply my ineptitude...

- cfr
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11/18/06 9:47 PM GMT

Thanks for the tutorial!

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09/28/08 10:29 PM GMT
I'm a GIMP user too, and after reading this I went scouring the web for tools which could be used to make these effects, and here they are!
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