Free & Easy Gold Font Tutorial


Hello friends! I’ve had so many of you request for an easy tutorial on how to make ‘gold font’. For months I kept seeing gold-foiled font on so many blogs, and I was desperate to figure out how to make some for myself! Every blog/website I went to at the time only had photoshop tutorials. Also, most of the tutorials were incredibly complicated to understand and figure out. I used photoshop back in middle school because I was on yearbook staff, so I knew the concept of layering. However, without photoshop it can be tricky to make gold font and use layering. I decided to make a quick & easy tutorial on how I make gold font. Best part? It’s 100% free!

*PLEASE READ: I just wanted to mention real quick that this tutorial is only for white backgrounds! I hope to make a tutorial in the future for colored backgrounds, but this specific tutorial is for white backgrounds only


PicMonkey has recently changed their policies to where you can only have a free trial now (it was 100% free when I created this post 2+ years ago. As of October 2017, this policy has changed and PicMonkey is no longer completely free)!* 

1. Go to This is my favorite photo editing website. My sister and I share a ‘Royale’ account, which we really like. Every time I create something on Picmonkey, I usually go to the ‘design’ tab and select the square.

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2.  Write out your text. Definitely use a black font. It’s also best to pick a thicker font! For this little tutorial I used three of my favorites- ‘Lilly Belle‘, ‘Bebas neue‘, and ‘notperfect‘. They are all free fonts, and I linked them so you can check them out!

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3. Combine the layers. Okay, so after you put town your text, click this little button (that looks like two pages and an arrow). This will flatten the layers and get your font prepared for the gold layer.

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4. Next- find a gold texture to use! I just googled ‘gold foil texture‘, and then saved my favorites to my computer. I also searched ‘gold glitter texture‘ for the 3rd font. I recommend saving a couple of different ones, so you can try out a few and see which texture you like best!

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5. Go to the ‘Overlays’ tab on picmonkey (it looks like a little butterfly). Click on ‘Your Own’ which is at the very top of the Overlays tab. Select your gold texture that you want to use.

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6. Select ‘Lighten’ under ‘Blend Modes’. This is on the Overlay popup that should come up once you upload the gold texture. You’ll see a category called ‘Blend Modes’, click on where it says ‘normal’ and then scroll down. You’ll want to click on the ‘Lighten’ option. Drag the gold over the black font!

You can also apply this little trick to any black objects/clip art! I used a little black leaf from the ‘Leafy Stems’ section on Picmonkey (Leafy Stems is one of the options on the Overlay tab) to show you an example of using shapes.

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7. Save your masterpiece! You’re done & now you have some gorgeous gold font!

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I hope that could help! Let me know if you try it out! If you have any questions, please send me an email at! Thank you for checking out my blog!



P.S. Check out my post ‘My top twenty favorite free fonts

107 thoughts on “Free & Easy Gold Font Tutorial

  1. Thank you SO SO much for this tutorial! You are definitely not challenged when it comes to technology because this tutorial was so simple and helpful! Gonna use it on my blog now, can’t wait! Love your blog!

  2. Thank you for the tutorial! I was trying to make the canvas transparent so I could layer the gold foil text on top of a picture without the white background, but it won’t work. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

    1. Try to save it regularly and then use a lasso tool to cut out the letter. Then put them back into picmonkey on the background of your choice!

  3. Hi Mackenzie! Thanks so much for this tutorial! I’ve been wondering how to make gold font and I stumbled upon your site doing a google search. I also don’t have photoshop, but I absolutely love PicMonkey and use it all the time. Thanks so much for sharing these tips!

  4. Love this! I am planning on changing my classroom theme to black and white with gold accents next school year. This already has me excited! Thanks for the great and easy to follow tutorial 🙂

  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing! I was able to follow your tutorial and create the perfect logo for my new website! I am so glad I found this! It would have taken so many revisions to get the perfect tone I was looking for! I am glad I was able to easily do this on my own!
    Xoxo, Ester

  6. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this. I have struggling to design a header for a blog I’m working on starting and this tutorial helped me create something I love. Amazing, thank you again!


  7. Thank you SO much! This is awesome! For your shapes, do you have to re-flatten them as well before you can add the overlay? I have my fonts written and wanted to “dot” my “i” with a gold foil heart but didn’t want to flatten my entire image yet!

    1. Hey girl! I’m not sure exactly what your question is. Could you possibly shoot me an email so I can do my best to help you? 🙂

    1. Yes. Picmonkey gives you that option when you go to save your photo. You can choose from ‘jpg’ and ‘png’ in the little drop down 🙂

        1. At the beginning of the tutorial, I do have it stated that this specific tutorial is only for white backgrounds. I hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  8. Omg! I am gonna get rich (OK maybe not rich, but gonna make the $$$$) because of you writing this tutorial! I always wondered how they made gold glisten and glitter like that! Watch out Etsy, I’m in the game now! 🙂 thank you 🙂

  9. What a great post! Thanks for taking the time to put this together. The photos to support each step were perfect and easy to follow (and that’s not always the case!) Great job! (And thanks!)

  10. A great help! Thank you very much from India 🙂
    I’m trying to use gold letters on a chalkboard background. Do you think you can help me with that?


  11. I just used this to create my wedding geofilter and program!! it worked perfectly and now it looks amazing!! thank you so much!!

  12. Thank you SO much! I have been trying to figure this out for so long without having to subscribe to photoshop. You’re a lifesaver!


    1. Hi Nikkie! I’ve looked through every single one of my fonts, and I can not find the font for the life of me (because I made the tutorial about a year and a half ago). I must have had the font saved on my old computer. If I am able to locate the font name, I will definitely get back to you! Apologies!

  14. Thank you so much for creating this tutorial!! It helped me so much and was so easy to follow. Tip for others who want a black background and gold letters, just choose darken in stead of lighten! SO EASY!! LOVE THIS. Thanks again.

  15. This is awesome! Thank you! One question, if I want to add this font after I’m done to another program, how can I make the background transparent?
    Thank you!

  16. This sounds super easy! Do I need to have a “Royale” PicMonkey account or can this be done using their free software? I want to try this out tomorro!

  17. Unfortunately you can’t use picmonkey free editor anymore. It’s free trial and they are requesting for paypal or credit card.

  18. Hi Mackenzie 🙂

    Just wanted to leave a qui k but very HUGE “THANK YOU”!!! It works beautifully and I am beyond grateful for your tutorial!

    Lots of love from Germany,


  19. Wow this is amazing!!!! I was literally ready to drop hundreds of dollars and hours to figure this our for my brand!! Thank you thank you thank you!!

  20. Thank you so much for putting together this tutorial! It was so easy for me to follow and I was able to do my babys first birthday invites without having to ask anyone else to do it for me!!

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