Easy Brushed Metal in Photoshop.

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.

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Step 1: Create a New Document

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

Step 2: Gradient!

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.

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.

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

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

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    pixelriffic

    6 years ago on Step 4

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

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    mnova

    7 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Kopolis777

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    theburn7Kopolis777

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    REAKopolis777

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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     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.

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    Ieatbabiez

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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    the.mk95

    10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Thx4TheAmmo

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Bericender

    11 years ago on Introduction

    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 ;)

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    Kopolis777

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    sbennettinst

    11 years ago on Step 5

    Nice technique! I like it! Thanks for sharing.

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    yomero

    11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    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 look...you 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!

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