Original Gangsta bling diamonds Photoshop Tutorial

This is the original Tutorial on this rap diamond effect, there have been many rips of it in other places. (imitation is flattery they say) You could create those Rap type diamond effects using the noise filter, however this technique creates a more interesting result.

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Original Gangsta bling diamonds Photoshop Tutorial

Step 1

Begin with the text you want to turn into the gold and Diamond “Iced Out” effect.
Right click on the layer panel and choose Rasterize Type (Rasterize Layer on older versions)

This will make the text editable.

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Step 2

Make a selection around the text (Hold down Ctrl/CMD and click on the layer thumbnail)

Press “D” to reset to default colors

Filter>render>clouds

If the render menu is not available make sure you are in RGB mode.

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Step 3

Now this is where we create the diamond effect.

Filter>FilterGallery

When the filter gallery opens, choose Distort category and and click on glass  (Filter>Distort>glass on older versions)

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Choose the tiny lens from the texture options

and scale it down.

Use the settings as shown here.
(You may have to play with the scaling and distortion to match the size of the image you are working on, but the distortion should be high and the scaling low)

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Click OK to apply

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Choose Curves (Crtl/Cmd+M)

Grab the top right point (or the white triangle at the bottom) and drag it across to the left until your diamonds look like the bright ones here. If your diamonds already look like the image, skip this step.

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Step 4

We now have the diamond covered look to the text. Its common to have a golden border with this effect.

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Step 5

Apply a layer style to the layer, choose stroke.

The important things here are:

Position = Center
Fill type: Gradient, choose the default copper setting
Make the size 10 (or larger for thicker gold)

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Step 6

Click on the Bevel and emboss option

Choose “Stroke Emboss” this will apply the bevel to the stroke we just made.

Crank the Depth up and set the size for the same as the stroke:10

Change the gloss contour until you get something that looks nice and metallic.

Click OK

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Step 7

Here we have our basic effect. We just need to adjust the color to make it look more like gold.

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Step 8

Apply a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and push the saturation all the way up to 100

Tweak the hue until you get a nice gold color.

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Step 9

Last thing we need to do is add some sparkles.

Load the assorted brush set that comes with Photoshop.

Click the arrow at the top of the brushes presets panel (brushes panel in earlier versions) and choose  assorted from the menu. When prompted select “append”

Choose the small starburst. (change to list view if you need to make it easier)

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Make white our foreground color

 

 

Step 10

Create a new layer and “dab” in the sparkles with the paintbrush tool.

Here I added a gradient background to set it off.

Have fun with this one and don’t keep the neighbors up!

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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