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Chrome Text
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Create Chrome Type
Suitable for Adobe Photoshop Elements Editor
Skill Level - Intermediate

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This Photoshop Elements tutorial demonstrates how to create Chrome Text.

Create Text Reflections

Undo Note
You can step backwards at any time by clicking the top menu’s Undo Tool.

Open a Blank (Transparent) File (Ctrl/Cmd then N): and set the dimensions of your choice.

If you are printing your work, set a Resolution of 200 Pixels Per Inch, otherwise, 72 PPI will be fine.

Centralise your image by snapping it to the horizontal orange line.

Elements 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15 - Tool Options Palette positioned at the bottom of the workspace. Although the palettes have been redesigned the tools work in more or less the same way.

Now, from the left-side Toolbar, activate the Horizontal Type Mask Tool.

And enter the settings of your choice into the Tool Options Bar.

The Colour Swatch has no influence over the Type Mask Tool.

Hover your cursor over the centre of the canvas, and left-click. As soon as you see a large blinking vertical black line, (I-beam), enter your choice of text: once your text has been applied, left-click beneath it, and drag it to a central position.

Left-click and drag your type to a central 

Your text will be outlined with a Selection Marquee - as illustrated below, and you are ready for the next step.

From the right-side Effects Palette, click the Layer Styles tab. Then click open the Layer Styles choices, and highlight Wow Chrome - as illustrated below.

If you cannot see your Effects tab: from the top menu, choose Window and click a tick before Effects.

Now, scroll through the Wow Chrome choices; find a look you like - left-click to highlight your choice, then click Apply - as illustrated below.

At this point, the Selected Text will remain unfilled.

To fill the Selected Text with your choice of Wow Chrome Fill: from the top menu, choose Edit then choose Fill Selection. Then from the subsequent Fill Layer dialogue box, accept the default settings, and click OK

Windows (Fill) Keyboard Shortcut
Press and hold down your Shift Key, then tap the Backspace Key.


Quickly Change The Chrome Colour
To quickly change the Wow Chrome colour, double-left-click your choice (in the Wow Chrome Effects Panel), and the fill will change to reflect your choice - as illustrated below. At this point, you don’t need to click the Apply tab.

Wow-Chrome Textured Example      

When you are happy with your final result: from the top menu, choose Select then choose Deselect (Ctrl then D). Then Crop away the excess background.

Link Here to learn how to create a reflection from your text.

Fill Layer Tip
The Transparent Background can be filled with your choice of Solid Colour, Pattern or Gradient -



Sharpening Tip
To add extra clarity to the chrome, from the top menu, choose Enhance - then from the subsequent drop-down list choose a Sharpening Filter that produces a good result.

Congratulations, your Chrome Type is complete and
is ready to save.

Saving Tip
When saving text graphics it’s advisable to save your work as a Gif: however, if you have applied a Gradient Fill Layer, (owing to its high colour-count), save your work as a

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