Paint Shop Pro Tutorials -- Gold Text
Creating Gold Text with Paint Shop Pro
I'm fascinated by reflective metals such as chrome and gold, so much so that I'm always looking for new ways to re-create the effect with whichever graphics program I happen to be playing with at any given time.
I really like the chrome technique I came up with for my book, Paint Shop Pro Web Techniques, so, too, do many others. It's received more attention than any other tutorial I've posted. Even the Technical Editor for the book really liked the technique. In fact he has used it, with some minor modifications, for at least one web site he designed. Many of the e-mails I've received regarding this technique were from readers who modified the technique to come up with a unique look. Since so many of you have played with this effect with so much success I thought I'd do the same. The tutorial that follows is the result. Enjoy!
Open a new 400x200x16.6 million color image in Paint Shop Pro.
Set the foreground color to a really pale yellow. I used R: 255 G: 245 B: 208.
Select the text tool and enter some text. Use a fairly chunky font and a large size. I used Britannic Bold with bold and anti-aliased selected and I used 96 for the font size.
NOTE: You can enter a number in the small window under Size in the Add Text dialog box. This enables you to choose larger numbers for your text than 72. It also enables you to enter values between the defaults, such as 25.
With the text still selected, i.e. the marquee (or marching ants) still visible, click and drag the text to the center of the image.
Choose Selections, Modify, Feather and enter a value of 8 in the Feather Selection dialog box.
This will move the marquee away from the edge of the text (see figure 13.1).
Choose Image, Special Effects, Hot Wax Coating.
Re-apply the filter twice for a total of three hot wax coatings or until your image resembles figure 13.2.
At this point the gold text is looking pretty good. You might want to fine tune it a little, though.
Choose Colors, Colorize and enter 36 for the Hue and 157 for the saturation values, respectively. You should end up with something similar to figure 13.3.
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