My client asks to use one metallic gold color (for example Pantone 871c) in large heading text and other designs. I'd like to make the gold color pop even more with gradient of light and dark. How do I do this in photoshop? Can this be done using only one single spot gold color? Below image shows an simulated gold color with similar effect I want.
You can't make any single color darker than itself at 100%,
In order to pull off a gradient, you would need to use a tint of the color for lighter areas. You could create a gradient of something like 100%-80%-50-100%. Where 100% is the solid color. However, that is the darkest it will get.
This is easier in Illustrator or Indesign...
For Photoshop you would need a Spot Color Channel they simply apply a white gradient over black on that channel.
Results of tinting a metallic spot color will, most likely, not be what you expect. You may want to discuss tinting metallics with the print provider.
Your sample is mixing black with the color, which you can't do for a single spot color
You can use a real gold background high resolution image and mask the text avoiding any Photoshop gradient effect.
This image is free, from unsplash.com
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I guess your client is a little bit confused about the gold effect. Many things:
- Will those images be used for printing or screen?
- Does your client want the shining gold reflection in a printed text? You will never get this with a gold ink, less if you use gradients with other inks
- In printing there's a big difference between a printed metallic ink and gold foil stamping
Metallic ink achieves a subtler effect than foil stamping because it’s applied to your project early in the printing process, then covered with a finish (lamination or varnish). Foil stamping, on the other hand, achieves more of a vivid impact and a highly realistic metallic shine because it is applied to your project after printing has already been completed. (from printninja.com)