Gold text

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2018-06-30 03:29:29

Is there a way I can make my text in gold, glitter etc?
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2018-07-05 18:44:30

Hi Marion.

I saw your question shortly after you posted it. I didn't answer as this isn't one of my strengths. Now that I see that it has been left unanswered, I thought I'd weigh in with the best I can do.

I think there are two approaches to this (and I have done both).
1. Artistic
Study the material you want to want to emulate. Search the web for images (illustrations and photographs) that show the effect you want. Use Pixelmator Pro to make a virtual scrap book of those you like. Work out what the essense of the effect is and find a way to replicate it. I needed some water droplets for an image a while back so I worked out how to create them. It took me a couple of hours (and four or five layers) to get it right, but now I can draw water droplets easily (and have a template file so that I don't even have to do that).

2. Commercial
Find someone that has done it before and packaged it in a way that makes the journey easier for others. There are a few apps in the Mac App Store that are specifically designed to render text and nothing else. They are very specialised and (some are) good at what they do. They're just not that flexible so, if they don't provide exactly the effect you want you'll have to compromise. It also means buying more software which is rarely a good thing. I've used Art Text 3 (which I think has trebled in price since I bought it) and a quick search of the app store turns up the much cheaper TextPro, Text Effects and Text Styles (I've not tried these so I don't know if they're great, awful or somewhere in between).

If you choose option 1 (cooking from scratch), there's a quite a learning curve but there people around who will generally help out. If you go for option 2 (heating up a ready meal ) do some searching as there seems to be a wide variety of price and quality out there. And if you come across a text tool that has a user interface based around a printing press, can you let me know as I wanted to have another look at it and can't find it on the app store.

Hope this helps.

- Stef.
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2020-01-04 16:51:18

by Marion 2018-06-30 07:29:29 Is there a way I can make my text in gold, glitter etc?
Hey Marion, Did you figure out how to add glitter to text?

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2020-01-06 12:06:35

by Courtney T Nash 2020-01-04 16:51:18 Hey Marion, Did you figure out how to add glitter to text?

I was able to create this using a few different techniques:


Basically, there are three text layers — the top one is a layer with a Pattern fill effect applied that contains a glitter texture I found online, the layer below is the same upper layer duplicated with a stroke applied and the blending mode of the layer changed to Pin Light, and the bottom layer is the same top layer again, but this time, with a gold-colored shadow. If you're looking for a similar effect, I can share more detailed instructions and if you're looking for something else, some visual examples would be great so I (or someone else) could try to recreate the effect.