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How to Create a Gold Foil Texture in Adobe Photoshop

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In this Adobe Photoshop lesson you will learn how to create a golden leaf foil texture from scratch. To create the golden texture we'll need to apply multiple Photoshop filters combined. It is important to keep the same order for the filters and also to apply the right color gradients. We'll create a golden foil texture and also an aluminium foil texture.

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How to Create a Gold Leaf Foil in Photoshop

In this tutorials you are going to learn how to create a relistic gold leaf texture in Photoshop from scratch using filters and gradient maps.

gold leaf foil texture photoshop tutorial

Create a new PSD file. You can choose the size that you want your gold leaf texture to have. Create a new layer and call it Gold Leaf Texture. Fill the layer with white color.

Set the Foreground color to white and the Background color to black. Go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

filter render clouds photoshop

For the same layer apply the Plastic Wrap Photoshop filter. Go to Filter > Artistic > Plastic Wrap.

filter artistic plastic wrap photoshop

Now its tme to add another filter. Go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise.

filter noise add noise photoshop

The next Photoshop filter that we are going to add is Bas Relief. So go to Filter > Sketch > Bas Relief and make these settings.

filter sketch bas relief photoshop

The fifth filter that we apply to this texture is Texturizer. To apply this filter you go to Filter > Texture > Texturizer.

filter texture texturizer photoshop

The last filter that we add is the Glass Filter. Go to Filter Menu > Distort > Glass and choose the texture frosted and make the following settings.

filter distort glass photoshop

Wrinkled Metal Foil Texture in Photoshop

So far the result looks something similar to a wrinkled metal foil texture like aluminium foil for example. So you can use this texture as is or you can read the rest of the tutorial to learn how to create a golden foil effect.

wrinkled metal foil texture in photoshop

Go to Layer Menu > New Adjustment Layer > Invert. The Invert adjustment produces a photo negative effect by creating a negative based on the brightness values of the image.

Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer and increase the contrast to 100 like shown in the screenshot.

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer with these colors: #362c16 (opacity 100%, location 0%), #594210 (opacity 100%, location 38%) and #ffdb33 (opacity 100%, location 96%).

Add a new Gradient Map adjustment layer with these colors: #726d63 (opacity 100%, location 57%) and #ffffff (opacity 100%, location 100%). Set the blend mode of this adjustment to Overlay, opacity 100%.

Press SHIFT+CTRL+ALT+E to make a copy of all the visible layers merged. Call this layer Sharpen Effect. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay.

filter other high pass photoshop

So here is the final result for the aluminium foil and gold leaf textures made in Photoshop from scratch.

aluminium and gold leaf foil texture photoshop tutorial

You might also be interested in this cool item for creating Gold leaf rubber stamps in Photoshop using your own photos. The gold foil stamp has a leather texture background that you can customize adding any color you want.

Gold Foil Stamp Photoshop Action

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6 comment(s) for "How to Create a Gold Foil Texture in Adobe Photoshop"

PSDDude
10:45 AM Tuesday, September 27, 2016
If you change the Gradient Map adjustment layer by choosing other color palette you can obtain different reflective foil textures. reply
Helen
Helen
6:53 AM Thursday, September 29, 2016
Great Photoshop tutorial! The gold foil texture looks very realistic. Thank you :) reply
angie
angie
12:05 PM Saturday, October 29, 2016
Ive tried changing the colors after i applied all the textures but for some reason its not keeping it looking the same its changing the way the texture looks. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? reply
angie
angie
12:05 PM Saturday, October 29, 2016
NM i never finished part 2 of the tutorial! haha! my bad! ;) reply
PSDDude
12:06 PM Saturday, October 29, 2016
Part 2 of the tutorial is very important :) I hope the texture looks ok now. reply
jody
jody
4:40 AM Monday, October 31, 2016
thank you! this was a nice tutorial! hope for more similar in the future reply

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