How to Create a Gold Vector


While many think of gold as a color and naturally search for it in the color palette of their editing programs, software treats gold as a texture. To create this effect, open the swatches or gradient tools in your editing program in order to access the textures. To obtain a realistic gold color, you need to superpose several tints on top of each other. Each program uses a slightly different way to create gold vectors: Adobe Illustrator uses swatches, Adobe Photoshop uses shades of yellow superimposed, and Inkscape uses gradients.

Adobe Illustrator

  • Draw your vector in Adobe Illustrator, then select your drawing using the "Select" tool.

  • Open the Swatches tool. Click on the arrow at the top-right corner of the "Swatches" tool window. Scroll down and click on "Large Thumbnail View." A choice of gradients will appear.

  • Click on the gold color.

Adobe Photoshop

  • Press the "F7" key on your keyboard to open the "Layers" tool and double-click the icon "Shape Layers" at the top of your program's window.

  • Tick the box that says "Stroke" from the left menu column if you are filling a border; otherwise leave it blank.

  • Go to "Fill Type." Write "32" for the "Angle." Click inside the "Gradient" bar. The "Gradient Editor" will appear in a new window.

  • Click under the colored bar and add four color tags in the "Gradient Type" area. Change the color of each color tag with a different shade of yellow in order to give your drawing a metallic shine.


  • Open the free program Inkscape. Click on the arrow at the extreme right of the color palette at the bottom of the program window. Select "Gold."

  • Draw your shape with the "Create" tool.

    Click on the "Create and Edit Gradients" tool on the left side of your program window. Drag the bar from one side to the other on the bottom line of your drawing.

  • Click on "Edit" at the top of your drawing board. The "Gradient Editor" will appear. Click on "Stop" four times. Four dots will appear on the gradient line on your drawing. Click on one dot and change the color by clicking on the color palette at the bottom of the drawing board. Click on the next dot and change the shade of yellow. Do the same for the third dot.

Tips & Warnings

  • In Inkscape, drag the gradient line up and down to see the gradient change position. Moving the line in diagonal may add more depth to your drawing.
  • Gold has a metallic reflection, not have a solid color. Create this reflection in Inkscape and Photoshop by using a multistop gradient or a gradient that has more than two colors.
  • Render the gold reflection in Illustrator by creating a succession of darker and lighter shades of the yellow color and adding a smudge of orange.

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