Turn anything into gold with the help of my free Action for Adobe Photoshop! With the click of a button, this Action will play a series of adjustments that give an image a shiny appearance with yellowy hues that mimic solid gold. Upon playing the Action it will ask you to make a selection of your subject before continuing to processing the effect with various Photoshop tools and filters.
Making a selection of your subject
There are a variety of selection methods you can use to isolate your subject from its background. Perhaps the quickest and easiest (depending on the image content) is the Quick Selection tool. The ‘Select Subject’ button in the top toolbar can sometimes generate a good selection with just one click. Alternative techniques include tracing with the brush tool, outlining with the pen tool, or other advanced selection methods. Once your selection has been made, fill the area with red on the dedicated ‘selection’ layer that is generated during the first step of the Action, then continue playing the Action to complete the effect.
Update to help troubleshoot problems
From reading the comments it seems a considerable number of people are running into problems, so I have made some updates to the download to try and troubleshoot where it might be going wrong.
– Removed a step that selected the Background layer so the ‘Selection’ layer remains active. Hopefully this will prevent people from accidentally filling the red area directly on the image.
– Added a step that ensures the ‘Selection’ layer is active before continuing.
– Split the process into two separate Actions, step 1 for the selection stage, step 2 for creating the effect.