How to Make Rose Gold Foil in Photoshop

Updated on June 12, 2020
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Mary is a designer on Zazzle where her products have sold to people all over the world due to their global appeal.

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.

A rose gold foil effect that I made in Photoshop.
A rose gold foil effect that I made in Photoshop. | Source

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

Add Noise

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


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    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      7 months ago from Brazil

      Glad you liked it. I hope it was useful to you.

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      Devika Primic 

      7 months ago

      Excellent and information about Photoshop.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Mary,

      I know what you mean about feeling overwhelmed by it. There are aspects of it that can seem daunting. Often to get a certain look involves several steps, and it can be confusing. But you can just start on simple procedures.

      I must say, if I haven't used the program or an effect for a while, I forget how to do it.

      It's good to keep at it just so the gray matter stays active.

      I too like rose gold it's a sophisticated pink.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Pamela,

      I think Photoshop has opened up the creative side of many people. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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      Mary Norton 

      10 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is interesting. I do love the rose gold colour. I used Photoshop before but I have not really used it lately feeling a bit overwhelmed by its many features. I love the effect though.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      11 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I wish I had Photoshop. I think this is a very good tutorial and if I get Photoshop I would like to use this information. You explained this process very clearly.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Flourish,

      I'm sure you could get a similar effect with Gimp, which is an open source program. They may call the tools something else but this is a simple procedure.

      This rose gold color has a wide feminine appeal. I've seen it used on everything from baby shower invitations to birthday cards for girls, to wedding invitations.

      Great to hear from you.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Linda,

      I must say until I was putting products up for sale on Zazzle, I hadn't heard of the color either. It's funny how colors go in and out of fashion.

      I'm pleased you liked the tutorial, thanks for your comment.

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      11 months ago from USA

      I wish I had Photoshop. I requested it as a birthday gift years ago but when my husband asked what version or whatever I got a little locked up and just said never mind. You obviously know what you’re doing with this rose gold.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a useful tutorial. I love the final effect. Thank you for sharing the information, Mary. I've never heard the term "rose gold" before, but your creation looks beautiful.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Ajodo,

      It's a fascinating process to try. Just by changing the saturation, or hue it's amazing what can happen.

      Many an interesting design has been created from playing.

      It's a relaxing way to be creative.

      Thanks for reading.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Linda,

      Your banners for your church events are beautiful and you clearly have an eye for design.

      If you do get Photoshop, I'll be more than happy to help.

      Gimp is similar and free to download.

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      Ajodo Endurance Uneojo 

      11 months ago from Lokoja, Nigeria.


      Mary, even though I'm not that much of a colour got me fascinated. I wish I could find the time to give it a try.

      Good instructions!

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I don't have Photoshop, but if and when I do acquire it, I'll look to you for instructions. Good article.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Shauna,

      It's funny you say that because not so long ago, I would never have classed myself as a 'crafty person'. It has been a gradual step by step process.

      I would look at something and try and deconstruct it mentally. What I like about Photoshop, is you don't have to know the whole program to get started.

      I love working on Zazzle, together with Hubpages, they pay the bills.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      You're a busy man so I can see why.

      Thank you for your kind words.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      11 months ago from Central Florida

      This is interesting, Mary. I've never used Photoshop, therefore, much of the terminology you use in this article is way over my head.

      I have great admiration for crafty people. Glad to hear your Zazzle business is doing well!

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      Bill Holland 

      11 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I wish I had the time to learn Photoshop, but I'm afraid that talent will have to wait for another lifetime. :) Good tutorial, Mary!


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