If you’ve just designed a logo image for your blog, app or any other purpose for that matter, you might be wondering what’s missing. I think you’ve found what you’re looking for; nothing makes an image look more original and professional than a glossy shiny look to it. Don’t know how? Here’s a simple and easy to follow tutorial to help you give your image what it needs and make it look the best it can, with Photoshop.
Before you start, you’re going to have to setup your page properties. Keep the about size 500px by 500px, or just a little more but not too much or the rendering will take a lot of time. Keep the background contents ‘white’ and don’t temper with the rest.
If you already have an image designed, then just open the document to work on it. But if you want to take it from the start, then we’re going to keep it simple with minimum editing so you can understand the process. To make a shape up for the effect, choose the elliptical marquee tool and draw a circle with any color you want from the color picker.
For your image, it’s important to bring out the gloss effect and to enhance it for making it look as shiny and glossy as we possibly can. So, we have to do a little editing for enhancement. The least you can do is add a little inner shadow and drop shadow, and some stroke to boost the gloss effect; you can find these effects by going to the blending options of the image. Choose the shadow color according to your image/shape color. If the color scheme doesn’t work, then the gloss will look fake and drab.
Go to the layers palette, and select ‘New layer’. In this layer, you’ll be making out the shape of the gloss affected area in your image. To do this, you have to again select the elliptical marquee tool and draw an elliptical (oval) shape this time, in the area where you want the gloss to be. Move the pointer in a diagonal direction to bring out the gloss shape you want. It’s okay if you don’t get it the first time (it happened with me too); keep trying from different areas and drag more or less to get your desired result. In the end, you should have a good clean gloss shape where you’re going to add the effect.
Now that you can see the selected area you created with the marquee tool for the gloss, grab your ‘Gradient tool’ from the tools palette and the gradient presets should come up in front of you. You have to select the gradient preset that goes from white to transparent, that’s usually the second one, but you can look for it easily if it’s not there, as it’s not that hard to find. Click OK after you\’ve selected the preset.
After you\’ve hit the okay button, you have to drag your pointer from the very top of your marquee shape selection, to the bottom of the shape. After you\’ve let go of the button, the shape should get that sweet emboss gloss. But if it doesn\’t turn out the way you expected, you can undo and then try again until you get desired effect. Now, go to the marquee tool, and deselect the shape by double clicking on the page.
Now, you should have a pretty good highlight, but a little blurring would make it look even sweeter. So, go to ‘Filter’ in the menu, go to ‘Blur’, and then ‘Gaussian Blur’ from the sub options. Now, the gloss doesn\’t need a lot of blur, or the gloss effect will just fade in and disappear; so just keep the radius from about 1.5 to 2 pixels to keep it original and vibrant enough for it to be seen clearly.
After you\’ve set the radius of the blur for your gloss, click ok and you’re done! You should have a cool emblem gloss effect shining on your image. All you have to do now is go to file, render the image you’ve created and produce the document in a .jpg format to make it usable for whatever purpose you want it for.
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