Brushed Metal Texture Photoshop Tutorial

How to create a texture that simulates brushed metal in only a few steps. This is the same metal used on Apples Panther.

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Brushed Metal Texture Photoshop Tutorial

There is a little nostalgia in this tutorial for me. This is one of the first tutorials I ever wrote and it was the effect  that inspired me to start writing tutorials. Read about it here on the PhotoshopCAFE history.

I have recently updated the screen captures, but the effect still works today the same way it did 13 years ago!

Step 1

Select the gradient tool by pressing “G” Now set the tool to linear gradient in the Gradients Palette. I chose the copper preset. Take your mouse to the top left and click and drag to the bottom right.

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Step 2

This has now created a gradient fill

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Step 3

Filter>Add Noise your image should look grainy like this. Select Monocromatic so that strange colors are not added.

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Step 4

Almost done, now go to filter>blur>motion blur. Set angle for 0 and distance to taste.

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Step 5

To change the color: Hue/Saturation, Ctrl/Cmd +U. Slide the Hue slider to get differant colors.

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Learn how to stamp some text into this effect here

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe

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Colin Smith is founder of the #1 PhotoshopCAFE online community which has received over 30 million visitors. Colin has Authored/Coauthored 18 books. He has won numerous awards including 3 Guru awards. He’s been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame twice. Colin is a regular columnist for Photoshop User Magazine. He’s been featured in almost every major imaging magazine, and is in high demand as a speaker at major industry events including Flash Forward and WPPI . He consults such companies as ABC Disney, Apple and Adobe