Stamped Metal Text
tutorial by Whisper

This tutorial was created and put on this site on September 7, 2004.
It is property of and 2001-2004 to Whisper's Web Works.
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For this tutorial you will need:
Paint Shop Pro  ~ download a trial version.
My gradient ~ download here for v8 and here for v7, unzip to your PSP gradients folder.
Nanson's gradient, mqc Ring ~ download here, unzip into your PSP gradients folder.
Bold Font ~ use one of your choosing.


Open a new image:
600 x 300 pixels
16.7 Million colors

Set your foreground to null and your background to gradient with these settings:
315 angle
0 repeats

Select your text tool and set your text.  These are the settings I used:
Create as vector
Ariel Black
Size 48
Stroke 0
Anti-alias checked

You can grab the outside adjuster nodes and stretch the text to fill your image.
(The pink boxes shown around the edge of the bounding box.)
(I filled the bg layer for easier viewing.)


Objects > Align > Center in Canvas.

Select the Object Selector tool, right click inside the bounding box and Create Raster Selection.

Selections > Load/Save Selection > Save Selection to Alpha Channel > Save.

Selections > Select none.

In your layer palette, right click on the vector layer and convert to raster.

Effects > Art Media Effects > Charcoal > these settings:
Detail 100
Opacity 15

Set your foreground color to white.

Effects > Artistic Effects > Hot Wax Coating.

Effects > Artistic Effects > Chrome > these settings:
Flaws 2
Brightness 50
Color white

Add a new raster layer.

Selections > Load/Save Selection > Load from Alpha Channel > Invert UNchecked, Load.

Set your foreground to gradient with these settings:
mqc Ring
215 Angle
0 Repeats

Flood fill the selection with the gradient.

Selections > Select none.

Set the blend mode for the top layer to Color (L).

Right click on the top layer and Merge > Merge down.

If you would like to add a Drop Shadow this is what I did...

Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow > these settings:
Horizontal & Vertical 3
Opacity 75
Blur 6
Color black

Your text is ready for use.


Page 2 for examples made by my testers.

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