Over the years, I have done literally dozens of tutorials on creating the appearance of gold and chrome and I shall continue this quest for the perfect metal effect here today.
If I have learned anything during my experiments with trying to recreate these metallic colors it is this: don't reinvent the wheel. If you have a digital camera, take a photo of a gold, brass, chrome, or silver
object and use the Color Editor's
color picker (the eyedropper) to sample the colors from the digital photo. (If you have a scanner, you can also scan images from catalogs and magazine ads using the same technique).
Here is my technique. Import the scanned image into Xara. The image shown here is a gold-colored faucet. Notice the range of gold-toned colors. Create a series of squares. Open the Color Editor (Ctrl e
) then select the first square. Drag the color picker (the eyedropper icon) over the lightest portion of the image. In this case I backed off a little creating a very pale yellow. Select
the next square and pick a slightly darker color. Repeat this for the other squares until you have a representative range of colors from highlight to dark reflections.
Pay attention to the Hue (H) setting. For your colors to be consistent, find a common hue (n the example above it is around 50), and change all the hues to the same numerical value. Now
you have a range of gold or brass colored tones.
As the Hue values get smaller (moves toward 0 degrees), the colors get warmer. As the value
of the hue increases, the gold tones get cooler, more like brass.
In the example shown here, I have started with a Saturation (S) setting of 10% and increased it by 30%. The hues of 50 and 55 seem to work best.