Graphic Design: Create a Gold Foil Text Effect

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Create a smart object for the filter layer

Step 1

Create a new 1000x1000 px document, and change the Foreground Color to #f0ca31 and the Background Color to #4e3e05.

Create a new layer on top of the Background layer, name it Texture, and fill it with the Background Color.

Step 2

Right-click the Texture layer and select  Convert to Smart Object. This will help apply filters non-destructively to the layer.

Create a foil texture using filters

Step 1

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Step 2

Go to Filter > Filter Gallery > Distort > Ocean Ripple. Change the Ripple Size to 1 and the Ripple Magnitude to 20.

Step 3

Go to Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp Mask, and change the Amount to 50%, the Radius to 35 px, and the Threshold to 0 levels.

Step 4

Save the file, and go to Select > All, and Edit > Copy to copy the texture.

How to adjust the main background image

Step 1

Create a new 1531x1021 px document, go to File > Place Linked, and open the Birthday concept with paper and confetti image to add it as a Smart Object.

Step 2

Click the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel and choose Exposure to change the Exposure value to +0.10.

Step 3

Add a Vibrance adjustment layer and change the Vibrance value to -5.

Add the paper image

Step 1

Go to File > Place Linked to open the White texture image, and rename its layer to Paper.

Go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90° Clockwise, and press the Command + T keys to enter the Free Transform Mode and resize the paper to add in on top of the card in the BackgroundImage.

Hit the Return key when you're done.

Step 2

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

  • Color: #3a3637
  • Opacity: 38%
  • Distance: 27 px
  • Size: 35 px

You can use any other values you like as well.

Create the text layers

Step 1

Create the text you want, each line in a separate layer, using the font Charlotte.

The Size used here is 200 pt, but feel free to use the settings you like for your text.

Step 2

Because the font has a ton of glyphs, you can access a character's available glyphs by highlighting it, and then click the glyph you want to use from the alternatives you get.

Or, you can open the Glyphs panel and do the same thing.

Step 3

Put all the text layers in a group and name it Text.

How to create a border

Step 1

Pick the Rectangle Tool, and make sure that the Shape option is active in the Options bar.

Then, create a rectangle shape that covers the paper image.

Step 2

In the Options bar, change the Fill value to None, and the Stroke Size to 10 pt.

Make sure to place the Rectangle shape layer inside the Text group.

Add the foil texture

Step 1

We already copied the foil texture when we created it, so go to Edit > Paste to paste it on top of the Text group, and rename its layer to Texture.

Right-click the Texture layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.

After you do so, you can resize the texture as needed.

Style the text and shape group

Double-click the Text group to apply the following layer style:

Step 1

Bevel and Emboss

  • Size: 0 px
  • Check the Anti-aliased box
  • Highlight Mode: Linear Light

Step 2


  • Pattern: Spiky Bush
  • Depth: 200%

Step 3

Inner Glow

  • Opacity: 70%
  • Color: #ffffff
  • Size: 1 px

This will add a subtle depth to the text.

Adjust the background image's saturation

Step 1

Select the Background Image layer, go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation, and change the Saturation value to -15.

Step 2

You can use any other background images or elements to apply the same foil texture to it as well, but this is the final result of this tutorial.


In this tutorial, we used a couple of filters, adjustments, and layer styles, to create a bright, shiny foil text effect.

Please feel free to share your work in the projects section.

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