Create Unique Splash Gold Typography in Photoshop

In this tutorial, I will show you the steps used to create this unique splash gold typography in Photoshop. We will use several gold textures to form the base on the text – along the way, we will be using a number of image adjustments, dodge/burn tool, selection tool to aid our effort in creating this text.

This is an intermediate level tutorial.

Note: The Photoshop tutorial is done in Photoshop CC – therefore some screenshot may have slighting different layout as in the earlier version. Some brushes are exclusive to Photoshop CS6.

Here is a preview of the final effect I have for this tutorial: (click to enlarge)


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OK Let’s get started!

To complete this tutorial, you will need the following stocks:


Background Texture

Gold Texture


Step 1

Create a new document sized 1440px * 900px with black background. Load the background texture you downloaded and select a portion of it, copy and paste the selection over to our document. Re-size this new layer to fit our canvas size as shown below:

1 paste

Use a big soft eraser, remove the following portions from this new texture layer:

1 erase

Apply the following Curves adjustment layers as shown below:

1 curves

and here is the effect so far:

1 effect

Step 2

We will start working on the text in this step. Use the font we downloaded and type some texts on our document:

2 type

Select the text layer and move the selection over to the gold texture we downloaded, copy the selection:

2 sel

Paste the selection to our document and cover the texts. Hide the original text layer and apply the following layer blending options to our gold texture layer:

Bevel and Emboss

2 bevel


2 contour

Inner Glow

2 inner glow

and here is the effect so far:

2 paste

We can add some rough edges for our text. Grab the eraser with chalk setting:

2 chalk

Use this eraser to work on the edge as shown below:

2 erase

and here is the effect so far:

2 effect

Step 3

We can further add some gold texture onto our text. Go back to the gold texture image and use the quick selection tool to select a piece as shown below:

3 sel

Copy and paste the selection over to our document, re-size and attach it to our text as shown below:

3 attach

Repeat this process and add more gold pieces to our text:

3 att more

Step 4

We will add some splash effect for our text in this step. Go to the gold texture and create a new layer on top of the background layer:

4 layer

Use a splatter brush (you should find lots of them over the net):

4 brush

Paint a splash on the new layer:

4 paint

Select this brush pattern on the new layer:

4 sel

Go back to the background layer and hit Ctrl + C to copy the selection:

4 back

Copy and paste the selection to our document, place the layer below the text layer and adjust its size as shown below:

4 paste

Add some more splash pattern and you will have the following effect:

4 effect

Step 5

We will add some bokeh effect to our texts. Load the stock into Photoshop and select a portion as shown below:

5 sel

Copy and paste the selection to our document and cover our text. Use an small eraser tool as shown below:

5 eraser

Remove parts of the bokeh selection so the texts below can be revealed. Make sure you retain some of the lighting effects over the text:

5 erase

Use the lasso tool to select another piece from the bokeh texture:

5 sel 2

Copy and paste the selection to our text, and set the blend mode to “Hard Light”:

5 hard light

and here is the effect so far:

5 effect

Step 6

We’re almost done! For final touches, we can flatten the image and apply some dodge/burn effect for our texts to increase its contrast:

6 db

We can also use the smudge tool to create some motions into our image:

6 smudge tool

6 smudge

Add a black and white adjustment layer on top:

6 bw

Layer mask on this black and white adjustment layer (in red):

6 bw mask

Change this blend mode of this black and white adjustment layer to “color dodge”:

6 cd

and here is my final effect: (click to enlarge)


That’s it for this tutorial! Hope you enjoy going through it and find it useful. Drop me a comment below if you have any question.

Till next time, have a great day!


  • My name is James and I have been using Photoshop since version 5.0 (long time ago!). PSD Vault is my spare time hobby and I write majority of the Photoshop tutorials and articles here. I hope you enjoy my blog, and feel free to leave a comment or contact me if you have any questions.

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