Photoshop Tutorial: Instant Metallic Effect

This photoshop tutorial will show you how you can add instant metallic effect to almost anything using curves. For example, the author used the effect to turn a dull plastic monitor into a chrome-plated version.

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial

Step 1.) Open your image, and make a new adjustment layer curves ( layer > new adjustments layer > curves)

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial

Step 2.) Make your curve like mine below to make your image appears very washed out.

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial

Step 3.) Click a little further along the curve and drag downwards to make your image appears much darker and more constrasted.

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial

Step 4.) Now repeat the same steps and try to make your curves looks like the one below..

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial

Basically you’ve done it.. If you want to add some colors, you can do it by adding Hue/Saturation adjustmet layer ( layer > new adjustments layer > hue/saturation). Click on the colorize box, and play around with the hue/saturation to get the desired color.

metallic effect using photoshop tutorial


This tutorial is just one of many great tutorials from the book: How to Cheat in Photoshop by Steve Caplin (Shared with permission).

3 Responses to “Photoshop Tutorial: Instant Metallic Effect”

  1. reggie says:

    This is a great tutorial, but I tried it on a photograph, the metallic effect worked but there was a lot of contrast…do you have any tips on correcting thos.

  2. Mujtaba says:

    hey man this thing is really effective!! and has a very orignal look.
    It really worked out for me;)

  3. Lone says:

    Not bad at all. Even works with a basic gradient. 🙂

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