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Gold Step by Step tutorial by CGCookie Gold Step by Step tutorial by CGCookie

Check out the Golden Exercise and Download the Practice Sheet HERE


EXERCISE:  Challenging your knowledge and application of gold. 

You can use gold on many different materials and surfaces from a golden helm to the stitching of a golden fleece. The trick is knowing how to accurately create the appearance of gold. Gold itself is a metal material. A metal surface will most often reflect light rather than absorbing it. We created a reference last year that give you a quick look at one way of creating the “golden” look. 

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:iconavantinostalgia:
AvantiNostalgia Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
P.S.: Made this using your tutorial and brushes: My War Within by AvantiNostalgia  
Thank you very much again! :hug: 
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AvantiNostalgia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
Hello, CGCookie! First of all, I have to thank you for such a useful tutorial, colours and brushes!
That's what I really need for one of my ideas I'm working at.
The second. I have some questions.
1. I've made 7 layers, each for one colour. I've played a little with them... made a little scheme: gold by AvantiNostalgia   So, what's your layer settings?
2. I didn't know how to make more "glow", like in your sample. But then figured out and used smart sharpen filter after merging layers.
And how did you make yours "glow"?
3. What's your brush settings? I mean opacity/flow?
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016   General Artist
Wow, awesome example of how to achieve nice realistic effect. It could also help to draw other metals, less shiny = bronze, color changed to reddish = copper, color changed to silver = iron, more shiny = silver/steel (am I getting it right?). Definitely going to use this knowledge in my future works!
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DanielleEWorth Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Student Filmographer
Thank you for this, though mine didn't really turn out.... :( (Sad) 

Is there any way you could add a short written portion saying how you recommend using it? Or if not, could you maybe critique my gold making skills using your resources?

My painting is here: Gold color practice by DanielleEWorth
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:iconcgcookie:
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
When working with any kinds of metal (including gold) definitely play up the contrasts and work on creating the illusion of reflection. For this gold trophy, it reads a bit flat but you can keep adding to the foundation that's already in place here. Round out the values and add some "cast shadows" where the light wouldn't be able to reach. 
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DanielleEWorth Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2016  Student Filmographer
Thank you! I appreciate your help. :-)
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Aquafolie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist
i'm not an expert but I think you need a more vivid source of light, with higher contrast on the reflects to make it look more metal-like, like maybe a white line on the side and upper corner....do you know what I mean?
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DanielleEWorth Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Student Filmographer
I do, thank you! Ya, I'm usually pretty timid (I don't know if that's the right word...) when it comes to lighting and shadows. I agree, looking back at it now, I think it would look better with higher contrast on the reflections. I was afraid I was using too much at the time I was coloring it, but I didn't actually step back to look at the whole picture. Thank you for the advice!
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Aquafolie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2016  Hobbyist
you're welcome! I completely get your feeling about shading, I'm always afraid to do too much. Which is why it's good to take a step back or ask someone else for advice ;) have a nice day!
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seprira Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
THIS IS SO AWESOME.
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FatBestialSwan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015  Student General Artist
Brushes?
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:iconcgcookie:
CGCookie Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
link in the description :)
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FatBestialSwan Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Student General Artist
tysm!
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:iconle0rodriguez:
Le0Rodriguez Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! thank you! You helped me a lot
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:iconpixel-spark:
Pixel-Spark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this tutorial on your site, and it is amazing! ^^
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:icongrim-idyl:
Grim-idyl Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, this really helped!
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IAMANOTHERYOU Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
but the brushesss
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:iconminweln:
Minweln Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great, thank you so much!
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:iconadasca:
Adasca Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you!!!!
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BEGINNERPAINT Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
i like it so much.
i have one too!it not so much but
take a look. i hope that help someone^^ 
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:iconpozolegirl:
pozolegirl Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful!
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:icontuffadoll:
Tuffadoll Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! thanks :)
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milaink Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
wooooooow! it's fantastic! :wow: rvmp 
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SharonMendez Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Easy and fantastic
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CatOfDeadMoon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you know where is free brushes like this ones?
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:iconninja-chickadee:
ninja-chickadee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really helpful *^* thank you~
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torivan6 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student General Artist
soo helpful and and ,i love it  , thanks 
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:iconbonegirly:
Bonegirly Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist
This will be very useful. A bit too real for what i'm looking for but different styles always have its roots from realism in some shape or form.
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AllouchSukeshi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How can u get these brushes?
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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AllouchSukeshi Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, nvm I found it.. sorry
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Fellefan Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
isn't there a way t get the brushes for free? or for points if free is not acceptable.
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LaChanse Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This looked so real that I've passed it like 5 times without caring because I needed it to be digital, oh my god I feel so dumb now I should just have looked at the bottom
But, yeah, that's how good it is, great job!!
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha that's pretty funny. Thank you =]
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AW08 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I take it that these brushes aren't free anymore. I got them when they were and I had to switch Ps versions. In the process I lost them. Too bad. They were so useful. 
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yaymarkers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is exactly what i was looking for! I'll link you when I use it! It's a rather tiny part of my current piece, but good metallics are important. Thank you!!
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CGCookie Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad to hear this could possibly help you out with your piece!
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mla197 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:oooo

So good! Quite Helpful! One question, what brush did you use?
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:iconcgcookie:
CGCookie Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The brushes used are from the metal brushes you can download on the site here: cgcookie.com/concept/resource/…
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IamRandolphWilliams Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cool!
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:iconveilein:
Veilein Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Helped a lot even without the brushes! A big thank you <33
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joelalejandro4 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
great!!!
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:iconcl-chaisson:
CL-Chaisson Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is by far the BEST gold tutorial I have come across.
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:iconcgcookie:
CGCookie Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, we find it rather Golden ourselves ;)
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:iconcl-chaisson:
CL-Chaisson Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:drumroll:  lol. I actually referenced the tutorial today and am thrilled with how it turned out.
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Silver-Monster Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful! Thanks!
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Yuki-Namida Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, I could've used that yesterday.
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sutalight Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
thank you ;;
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:iconcleo8:
cleo8 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks you so much for this!!
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