How To Create A Gold Effect with Inkscape

Create a gold effect with Inkscape

In this tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how you can use Inkscape to create a gold effect. More specifically, I’ll be showing you how to create gold text.

To create this gold effect with Inkscape, we’ll be using linear gradients and applying five specific colors that, when combined, create the illusion of shining gold.

Create A Gold Effect with Inkscape

For this demonstration I will be applying the gold effect to some text. If you’d like to create gold text with Inkscape as well, I would recommend using the Ayres font. For whatever reason, this gold effect seems to look best with this particular font. I tried it on some other fonts but it didn’t quite look right.

For complete step-by-step instructions, please watch the video tutorial I’ve put together:

The following is just a brief overview of the steps taken to create our gold effect.

Step 1: Generate Some Text

The first step is to create some text on the canvas.


You can apply this gold effect to another object if you’d like though. It doesn’t need to be text.

Step 2: Apply A Linear Gradient

Next, we’ll apply a linear gradient with 5 stops.

In order for this gold effect to look right it’s important that we use the following five shades in our gradient:

  • ffd587ff
  • cfa344ff
  • 9a5f00ff
  • ffd699ff
  • f5be39ff

These five colors, when used in order (from top to bottom) in a linear gradient, create the illusion of gold:

Gold gradient

Here’s how the text looks with the gold gradient applied:

Text gradient

Step 3: Create An Offset

In order to make this look more like gold material, we’re going to create a duplicate of the text and apply a stroke that will act as somewhat of an offset.

The duplicate copy will be placed beneath the original text, and it will be given the same gradient that was given to the original text, only in reverse:

Text stroke gradient

This acts as somewhat of a bevel and helps sell the gold effect.

Step 4: Add A Shine

Next, we’ll be adding a shine — or reflective light effect.

To do this, we’ll create a copy of the gold text, inset it, and then intersect it with an ellipse placed over the top third of the text. This process is too complicated to explain through written text so you’ll have to check out the video tutorial above.

Reflective shine

It’ll be given a gradient from white to transparent to make it look like reflective light.

Step 5: Add A Drop Shadow

The final step in making our gold text with Inkscape is to add a drop shadow beneath the text.

This is done by create a duplicate copy of the text, making it black, positioning it beneath the original text, and giving it a blur:

Drop shadow

This really makes the gold text pop off the page, making for a great final touch.

Go ahead and place your finished gold text on top of a dark backdrop to make it pop even more:

Finished design

And that should do it for this lesson. That is how you can create a gold effect with Inkscape!


Creating a gold effect with Inkscape is simply a matter of applying the right gradients, offsets, and a drop shadow. This techinique can be applied to virtually any vector object. And what makes Inkscape such a great tool for creating something like this is that it’s easier to work with gradients in Inkscape than it is in any other application. This is something I touch on a bit in my comparison of Inkscape vs Illustrator.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below. As always, thanks for watching!

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4 thoughts on “How To Create A Gold Effect with Inkscape

  1. I’m not into graphics designing but for some projects requirement I have to customize some graphics. Your tutorial is a breeze for me. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  2. Hi Nick, this tutorial was great!
    I’m a inkscape begginer, but i wanted to know if is it possible to make custom dashes because, i can make custom markers for the strokes, but not for dashes

    1. Hi Erika, there’s no way to make custom dashes, but there is a workaround using the Pattern Along Path feature in the Path Effects menu. I have a tutorial on that here:

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