Introduction: Easy Brushed Metal in Photoshop.

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In this instructable you will learn how to make brushed metal in photoshop. It may also work in The Gimp to but I'm not sure.

Step 1: Create a New Document

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I did a 640 x 480 transparent one. But it doesn't matter.

Step 2: Gradient!

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Ok new make a Gradient in the document. Use gray. I did semi similar grays so that the difference between the two wouldn't be that much but the gradient adds to the effect.

Step 3: Add Noise.

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Go to filter > noise > add noise. Don't set it too high. Oh yeah MAKE SURE that you select Monochromatic or it will be messed up.

Step 4: Motion Blur.

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Ok now go to filter > blur > motion blur. Mess around with the distance to get it how you want. I picked 35.

Step 5: Enjoy

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Ok now enjoy your brushed metal. If you make Mac software this could come in handy I think.


Harshikajain (author)2015-01-12

very helpful tutorial :) thankyou

pixelriffic (author)2013-08-13

I've tried several other brushed metal tutorials, and this was by far the easiest. Thanks!

mnova (author)2012-03-24

This is great!! I'm teaching myself Image Processing with GIMP and this helped.

Kopolis777 (author)2008-06-13

I don't mean that vista crap either. I mean the version that works like it should, XP. its all bill gates fault. Btw how much is photoshop?

x z i t (author)Kopolis7772010-03-02

i got cs4 for free :P

theburn7 (author)Kopolis7772008-06-16

it is not bill gates' fault, it is the programmer's, designer's, and steve ballmer's fault

codongolev (author)theburn72008-12-22

yeah, but ray ozzie can fix it.

REA (author)Kopolis7772008-07-04

I give vista 2-3 more years before it gets popular. same thing happened with xp and look what we have running now. photoshop is about $650 US, $300 US for academic version (for students). i would suggest geting GimpGimp. its the same only free!

team_nes_1986 (author)2010-01-13

 Nice Instructable. I'm using this as my wallpaper. Looks pretty sweet. If you leave "Monochromatic" unchecked, you can add what I call the "oxidation effect."

Of course, the oxidation effect would only occur if the metal was oxidized before abrasion, which is pretty rare. I took two years of Engineering Technology, so that's how I'd know.

Ieatbabiez (author)2009-09-07

I used a program called and it came out lovely...thanks for the tut :D

the.mk95 (author)2009-07-30

what do you use to make the text look engraved like that?

Thx4TheAmmo (author)2009-04-21

i added a little more texture to it by using the filter angled brush strokes and increasing the contrast while lowering the brightness. nice instructable by the way

PKTraceur (author)2009-02-27

I did it in GIMP. Ha ha! Second time ever playing with GIMP!

Marble of Doom (author)2008-12-11

Great job. It also works on PS 7.0

Bericender (author)2008-07-17

guys enough this -> get a mac :D No seriously if you are doing Layout stuff or if you are working with Ai, ID, PS ans other tools alot you should consider to by a mac ;)

Kopolis777 (author)2008-06-13

i noticed you had a mac, is it better (faster) than windows?

sbennettinst (author)2008-03-05

Nice technique! I like it! Thanks for sharing.

yomero (author)2008-02-29

I texture metal 3d models on daily basis, this will come in handy some time!

betweenthelinez (author)2007-06-19

I've been working in PShop for years and about 10 years ago I designed a logo for DOE's 20th anniversary. I wanted something a bit different and went with copper... actual copper. I pilfered a piece from the metal shop where I worked and scanned it, then worked the numbers and text into it to get my embossed know that routine. All I can say now is... Where were you and this great instructable ten years ago? I'm gonna give it spin just for gits and shiggles! Thanks!

haha your welcome!

Fenwick (author)2007-06-15

Gimp works marvelously, just change the image mode to grayscale when you are finished.

royalestel (author)Fenwick2007-06-16

Oops, you already said what I just said.

Fenwick (author)royalestel2007-06-16

Yes, but you spelled gray with an E, so it is different.

lookatmygrlyfont (author)Fenwick2007-06-17


ll.13 (author)2007-06-15

Yes, it does work for GiMP only thing is for adding noise use Scatter HSV or similar,

This is what mine turned out like with the GiMP. I'll just have to find a use for it.

royalestel (author)ll.132007-06-16

Then you should convert to greyscale when done or completely desaturate.

lookatmygrlyfont (author)ll.132007-06-15

thanks for confirming it for the gimp.

lennyb (author)2007-06-15

i dont see why anyone would give this a negative. this is the kind of project that instructables was set up for. i have given bad ratings to projects that have no redeeming factors but this shows you how to do something that you may find usefull then again you may not but thats no reason for a negative if we all went around zinging the stuff that was outside our interests then very few projects would get a plus. therefore i give it a thumbs up or a cookie or somthing like that.

lookatmygrlyfont (author)lennyb2007-06-15

lol thanks

LasVegas (author)2007-06-15

Well done Instructable. Simple and concise steps. It's unfortunate that some give negatives out of hand, without commenting with any critique as to why the negative was given.

Yes i was wondering what was with the negative but thanks to everyone who liked it!

bhunter736 (author)2007-06-15

I just tried it too. More so that I would remember it. Very cool. Thanks for a short clear instructable! : )

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