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Things to consider when creating realistic highlights and dark reflections on metallic surfaces

As Ryan mentioned in his comment, this would take a step by step tutorial and it will be very specific for the image you are using but here are some things to consider. Take a look at these swatches ...
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How to bend a gradient with Illustrator

Simply use a thick stroke as opposed to a shape, and apply a gradient to the stroke. You can expand the gradient stroke afterwards, resulting in a gradient mesh object. You can also stack multiple ...
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Do trapping at the design stage when working with metallic inks

Trapping is normally done by the print house and in most cases the designer doesn't need to worry too much about this. But of course there is no rule without exceptions. It's hard to reduce graphic ...
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Things to consider when creating realistic highlights and dark reflections on metallic surfaces

Here is a very simple approach. But we need to consider some things first. a) You need to start from a good image from the beginning, which in my opinion must have some characteristics similar to the ...
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Gold, Silver, Bronze color swatches

If you're working with flat color and not textures or gradients, this is not going to be perfect, as others have noted. However, you can suggest these metallic tones with the right color. If you go ...
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Gold Metallic Pantone Colour for Print

You will not find an accurate representation of Metallic Gold, Gold Shimmer, or Gold Flake Ink in the Pantone books. If you want the screenprint to literally look like Metallic Gold or Gold shimmer, ...
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How can I achieve an iridescent/metallic/holographic effect in raster editors?

I was able to come pretty close pretty quickly in Affinity Photo - I could only take a couple minutes for this as I'm on a production rush right now I'm afraid. I made a simple gradient fill, took ...
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Photoshop add metallic shine to .png file turned 3D

Since you simply want to change the color of the metallic and you're working on a PNG, you could start by creating a normal silver metallic. There's many tutorials for this. Then you could simply add ...
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How to manuallly create glossy/metallic lightning effect on object?

So, since you have the metal texture on a lot of your image, it's going to be difficult (and probably not desirable) to get a "plasticy" gloss on your figure. However I can recommend a couple of ...
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Printing Metallic Colors

True metallic colours are printed using metallic inks which are spot colours, often a Pantone Metallic ink - i.e. an ink which contains metallic particles and other pigments. In lithographic printing,...
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How can I achieve an iridescent/metallic/holographic effect in raster editors?

You can simply paint the shapes. Fill the image at first with light grey. That presents aluminium. Here is used grey = 90% of full white. Paint a series of rainbow colors ie. red, orange, yellow, ...
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How to bend a gradient with Illustrator

If you want to tinker you can try Illustrator's Blending: The next cartoon shows how the arc is made: Start with the edge curves Make a three step blend to get 3 intermediate curves, expand the ...
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Is there a more or less automatic way to create this kind of 3D metallic text effect, or does it have to be digitally painted by hand?

Metallic writing is easiest in Photoshop because it has layer style Bevel&Emboss which your examples seem to use. It alone gives numerous variations. You'll find easily numerous gold making ...
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Pantone Color for Gold Metal (on furniture)

Well, the color you chose, and the photo looks pretty similar. But you are looking for in the wrong catalog. Take a look at this: https://www.pantone.com/color-finder?q=Gold There are a lot of ...
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How to manuallly create glossy/metallic lightning effect on object?

This is my suggestion. In photoshop use new layers on top of your originl drawing and add some small reflections but without blur or soft edges. Use really well defined edges with whites and lighter ...
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Metallic color vinyl combined with frosted-glass-like vinyl

Typically when someone says they are going to do a frosted-glass decal they would use something like Oracal's Translucent Etched Glass Cal vinyl which would render something like this: I reference ...
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Metallic color vinyl combined with frosted-glass-like vinyl

You will have a hard time finding metallic vinyls where the adhesive side is suitable for viewing. Usually the adhesive is on a paper based layer and would be white, not gold. There are a few ways ...
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