How to Make Rose Gold Foil in Photoshop
What Is Rose Gold?
As an online designer on Zazzle, I like to create designs with colors that are both opulent yet trendy. One of these colors is rose gold, which became popular in the 1920s when Cartier began using gold with higher copper content. This gave normal gold, a rosy hue. Motorola produced a phone case using this color in 2003.
They, however, weren't the ones who started the latest rose gold craze, it was Apple. Once it was on their watch, and then on their iPhone 6, the world went crazy for this new color. Does that mean that it will continue to be as popular? No, it doesn't, but there will still be people who love the shiny pink rose color. It's less rapper bling and more girly bling.
How to Make a Rose Gold Effect in Photoshop
Today, I'd like to show you how to create a rose gold foil effect in Photoshop. I am using an older version of Photoshop, but you will easily be able to adapt it to your version.
If you're familiar with Photoshop, you'll know there are many different ways to reach the same effect. The way I am showing you, is the one I use. You will be able to create not just a rose gold foil effect but also, gold foil, and a silver gray foil. Plus at the end, I will give you some examples of how you can use it in your projects.
Let's begin creating a rose gold foil effect.
- Open a new work area. We'll make a square, use the following settings: 2000px by 2000px.
- Set the resolution to 72 and RGB.
- Click ok.
Set Your Foreground and Background Colors
Let's select our foreground and background colors. These are only going to be a base for it so these hex codes can be adjusted.
- F5d8b7 foreground
- a7751d background
It's important to remember that there is no one color for gold. If you ask a dozen people, they may all have a different opinion on the color of gold. The color of gold may also be seen differently by people in different countries. For example, the gold in India is a brighter yellow gold than in other places.
Foreground and Background Colors
Now that we have our two colors selected, we are ready to begin.
- Go to the top menu.
- Click filter to activate the drop down menu.
- Go down to render and over to clouds.
- See the images below.
This looks like a mess but keep the faith, it's going to be great!
Click Filter, Render, Clouds
The amount of noise will depend on the look you're going for. Too much noise will give you a glitter effect. Today we want some texture because to get a luminous effect we need a slight variation. Without that, it would look flat.
In my example, I went for 14.21, which has the slider towards the left hand side.
I also have the radio button on Gaussian blur. The box for monochromatic is ticked.
Making Gold Foil in Photoshop
Open the filter gallery and go to sketch. From there, click on Bas relief. Here you can adjust it to your preference. For this demonstration, I've selected the following settings.
- Detail: 8
- Smoothness: 2
- Light = right
- Click ok.
Gold Foil Effect
That has given you a gold foil, which is great and you can use it in many of your projects. But in this article we are after a rose gold foil. Let me show you how to do that.
- From the top menu, click the layer tab. Then scroll down to new adjustment layer. Go to hue/saturation.
- Slide the saturation to the left. In my example, I'm going to -49. Now slide the hue to the left. You'll begin to see a pinkish hue. I've selected -35.
That's it, you've created a rose gold foil.
Now that you have your foil, you can use it in your designs as a background, or use your clipping mask tool to create rose gold images and text. You can also use the same technique to create a gold foil, or by sliding the saturation to the far left, you can create a silver foil.
Experiment with the smoothness settings. Much of your settings will depend on how you are going to use it. If you are wanting to place a thin font on top of your rose gold foil, it could prove difficult to read if your foil has too much texture.
Yet again if you have too little texture and you're using it for a clipping mask, the gold will look flat, and not shiny or interesting. Now you know how to make those adjustments, you will be able to adapt it to your project.
Below are just a few examples of how you can use this rose gold foil using the clipping mask function in Photoshop.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Mary Wickison