Is there a way to sample metallic paint?


I have some color swatches from a local car dealer that are about 8.5" by 11" and the paint samples are metallics. Is there a way to scan these metallic color paint samples sheets, then use a large sample brush to get the metallic "texture" and be able to add it to my color swatches? That way if I want to do a metallic blue, red, silver, green, or whatever label background fill... I can use the bucket fill or maybe save it as a brush or texture? Using CS4 Photoshop.

10/25/2012 9:35:00 PM

No, you can't. The reflective nature of metallic paint is due to little particles suspended in an otherwise flat color. Light bounces off these particles in different directions creating a unique look that can't be reproduced by using a paint brush.

You could simulate metallic paint by adding noise and playing around with different layers and gradients to mimic light shining off a glossy paint surface. Once you develop a process you can refine it and document the steps to reproduce later. You might be able to create a pattern for your noise and a style for your gradients (if you use layer effects) that can help make the process easier to replicate.

12/4/2012 3:58:00 PM