Brushed Metal Texture
Photoshop Tutorial

How to create a texture that simulates brushed metal in only a few steps. This is the same metal used on Apples Panther.


by Colin Smith

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Select the gradient tool by pressing "G" Now set the tool to linear gradient in the Gradients Palette. I chose the copper preset. Take your mouse to the top left and click and drag to the bottom right.



This has now created a gradient fill


Filter>Add Noise your image should look grainy like this. Select Monocromatic so that strange colors are not added.


Almost done, now go to filter>blur>motion blur. Set angle for 0 and distance to taste.


A finished peice of brushed metal


To change the color: Hue/Saturation, Ctrl/Cmd +U. Slide the Hue slider to get differant colors.
This is the method used to produce the trendy Brushed metal that is used on Apples branding.

For more cool techniques like this on an easy to follow video format check out Photoshop Secrets Special FX