Deke's Techniques 268: Creating Heavy Metal Type (in Photoshop CS6 and Later)

By popular demand, this week's free Deke's Techniques is an unprecedented second edition in which Deke takes a popular technique from the early days back in 2011---Creating Heavy Metal Type---and updates it for changes made to Photoshop CS6. 

The project begins with a hammered metal background that Deke created from scratch in the appropriately named Deke's Techniques 006: Creating a Hammered Metal Background. You can still check it out here---if you ignore the fact it was then numbered 004*.  

*Note: If you follow that original Create a Hammered Metal Background tutorial, you'll no longer find the Glass filter in the Distort drop-down menu. In Photoshop CS6 or CC, choose Filter > Filter Gallery, and you'll find Glass in that dialog box, under the Distort grouping. 

To this background, he adds some everyday Myriad Pro text, which he the proceeds to make awesome by applying a pattern and a whole bunch of layer effects. (It's the pattern that differs from the original CS5-based project, because shape layers have changed their behavior since then.) The effect speaks for itself: 

Heavy metal type created from scratch in Photoshop

Ultimately, and awesomely, you don't need anything special to create this effect. The text, the background, the pattern, and the ultimate effect are all items you can create from scratch inside Photoshop CS6 or CC. 

If you'd like to see the CS5 version, it's an exclusive movie for members that you can find here. If you're not a member, you can get a free week's trial at to check it out. 


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Gave the Heavy Metal Type a go the other day, Love it. Thanks