Have you noticed how popular gold has become again? You’ve probably noticed it in the blogosphere a lot too.
Today I want to show you how easy it is to add some gold sparkle to your own blog text, graphics or backgrounds!
Free Gold Textures to Download
Premium Gold and Glitter Textures to Download
If you prefer a nicer premium gold or glitter texture, I can’t recommend Creative Market enough. Here are a few of my favorites:
Note: these are affiliate links which means I’ll receive a small commission if you make a purchase through my link. Read my full disclosure here.
This is the set I used for my free social media icons. You can download the icons here.
Let’s Add a Gold Leaf Texture to Text!
Since not everyone has Photoshop,* I’ll show you how to do this in the free web app, Pixlr, but if you’re using Photoshop, the instructions are pretty similar so you should still be able to follow along.
- Go to Pixlr.com.
- Click Launch Web App.
- Click Browse to open an image from your computer and select your gold texture.
- You may want to rotate the image to landscape if it isn’t already.
- Resize the image if it’s too large. Ideally you want it no larger than 1000px wide for a web image. Keep ‘Constrain Proportions’ checked.
- In the Navigator window at the top right, change the view size to 100% and click Enter.
- Select the Text tool and click in the center of the image.
- Type your text in the box that pops up and adjust the font, size and style to your liking. Ideally you want to select a thicker font and make it as large as possible. The color of the text does not matter.
- Move the text so that it’s positioned how you want it, most likely centered on the page.
- Once you have the text situated the way you want it, go to the Layers palette to the right and right-click the text layer. Select ‘Rasterize layer’. This will turn the text into shapes and is no longer editable.
- With the text layer still selected, click the Wand Tool.
- Using the Wand Tool, select all the text. You may need to hold down the ‘shift’ key while selecting all the pieces. You’ll see the white marching ants around the letters which indicates they are selected.
- Now double click the lock icon on the Background layer in the Layers palette to unlock it.
- Click on the Background layer in the Layer palette and then click the ‘Add layer mask’ button at the bottom of the Layers palette.
- The gold background should now disappear and you’ll see a red box on the background layer in the Layer palette.
- Now uncheck the checkbox for the text layer.
- Now you can crop the image around the text (the crop tool is the top left tool in the left toolbar) and save it as a .png. This is important as we want to keep the background transparent. DO NOT save as a .jpg unless you want a white background.
Add a Gold Leaf Texture to Shapes and Icons
You can also add the gold leaf effect to a shape, such as an icon for your logo or a banner. Follow the same rules from above only replacing the text layer with a shape like a star or flower. It should be a solid color shape.
Add a Gold Leaf Effect to a Patterned Background
You can also apply the gold leaf effect to a patterned background, such as chevron or stripes. Here’s how:
- Follow steps 1-7 from above.
- Find a pattern you like that has definite and clear differentiation between the foreground and background.
- Place that pattern in a new layer over the gold layer by opening the file up in Pixlr. (Go to File > Open Image to select an image from your computer).
- Click Ctrl+A to select the entire image. Click Ctrl+C to copy it, then click on the gold image and click Ctrl+P to paste it on top.
- Then using the magic wand tool, select the part of the pattern you want to be gold leafed.
- Once the entire selection has been made follow steps 13 – 18 from above.
Wasn’t That Easy?
You’ll probably want to play around with this a bit more, trying different fonts or font sizes or even different textured backgrounds. Try this out with a glitter background, a watercolor background, or any type of texture you want to apply to text, a shape or pattern!
Download Free Gold and Glitter Social Media Icons
Not everyone has the time to DIY so if you want to add a bit of sparkle to your blog now, download these two free sets of social media icons! Click the image below for instant download.
*Please do not redistribute or re-sell these free icons. They are for your own personal use on your own blog. Attribution is not required but not discouraged 🙂 If you are able, please link back to this post, thanks!
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