How to Create a Metal Texture in Photoshop?

The biggest advantage of modern image editing applications is that you can apply various effects and tones on images without using expensive tools or photographic equipment. You can also add a texture to photos to give them a whole new look. Creating a texture effect is very simple. You can easily learn how to create a metal texture in Photoshop in few steps.


Step # 1 – Open a New Document

In the first step, launch Adobe Photoshop and create a blank document. Choose its size as “800 x 600” pixels and click on the “OK” button to create it.

Create a new document on 800x600 size

Step # 2 – Choose a Metal Grey Color

Click on the colors panel and choose the foreground color to “Metal Grey”. For the reference, you can use the color’s code which is “808080”.

Select a color

Step # 3 – Apply the Color on the Page

Select the “Paint bucket” tool from the menu and click on the blank page to apply the selected color on it.

Use paint bucket to apply the color

Step # 4 – Apply a Noise Filter

Now go to the “Filter” menu which is located on top of the window. Select the “Noise” option from the list and click on the “Add Noise” filter to apply it.

Choose a noise filter on the layer

Step # 5 – Choose the Noise Settings

In the “Noise” settings panel, choose the “Uniform” distribution option and enable the “Monochromatic” effect. Now change the Amount level to “100%” and click on the “OK” button to apply the filter.

Adjust the filter’s settings

Step # 6 – Apply a Motion Blur

Now go to the “Filter” menu and select the “Blur” option from the list. Click on the “Motion Blur” filter to apply it on the image.

Choose a motion blur filter

Step # 7 – Choose the Blur Settings

In the Motion Blur settings, set the “Angle” to “0°”. After it, change the “Distance” option to “100” pixels. Now click on the “OK” button to apply these settings.

Adjust its angle and distance

Step # 8 – Select the Center of the Page

Choose the “Rectangular Marquee” tool from the menu and select the middle portion of the texture excluding the edges.

Make a selection

Step # 9 – Stretch the Center towards the Edges

Now use the “Select” tool from the menu and choose the “Show Transform Controls” option which is located at the top of the window. After selecting it, stretch the selected middle portion towards the edges. This will uniform the image and remove the roughness on the edges.

Stretching the selected area

Step # 10 – Apply a Lighting Effects Filter

Now go to the “Filter” menu and select the “Render” option from the list. Click on the “Lighting Effects” filter from the menu to apply it. This will make the image more realistic and metallic.

Choose a lighting filter

Step # 11 – Adjust its Settings

In the Lighting Effects settings window, choose the “Style” to “Default” and “Light type” to “Spotlight”. Now select the “ON” option and change the “Intensity” to “35” and “Focus” to “69”.

In the “Properties” portion, change the “Gloss” to “0”, “Material” to “69”, “Exposure” to “0”, “Ambience” to “8” and “Texture Channel” to “None”.

Now click on the “OK” button to apply these settings on the image.

Choose settings for the filter