How To Create a Realistic Coin In Photoshop

Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the My name is Jesus Ramirez and you can find
me on Twitter @JRfromPTC. In this video, I’m going to show you How to
Create a Realistic Coin in Photoshop from scratch. We’re going to start out with a basic
vector shape, and we’re going to simply apply multiple layer styles that are going to help
give our coin shape, and dimension. I’m, also, going to show you how to create text that’s
going to wrap perfectly around the coin. Then I’m going to show you how to create an embossed
look from a photograph. Also, before we get started, I want to point out that I have a
new Instagram account. You can follow me at JRfromPTC. Okay, let’s get started with the
tutorial. The first thing we’re going to do is to create
the document that we’re going to be working on. I’m going to go to File, New, and I’m
going to Create a Document that’s 1,000 pixels wide by 1,000 pixels tall. The background
for the document is going to be a dark gray. Then, we’re going to Create Guides to help
us create our coin shape. So, I’m going to click on the ruler here. Click and Drag that
guide to the center of the canvass, and it should snap right in the center. So make sure
that you have Snap Enabled. Also, if you don’t see your rulers, you can Press Ctrl R, Command
R on the Mac, or you can go into View, and make sure that Rulers has a check mark, and
that will enable it or disable it. Now create a horizontal guide, and that should snap to
the center. Then, click on the Ellipse Tool and create a circle. Make sure that there
is no stroke in the fill. We’re going to use a light gray, so, maybe, this gray here. Click
in the center and Drag. Also, hold Alt Shift to create a perfect circle from the center,
about that big, minus 968. Then we’re going to rename this Layer to “Main
Shape.” So what we’re going to use this Main Shape for is to Duplicate it and create
other elements of the coin and to use it as a way to easily create Layer Masks. You’ll
see as we move on how we’re going to use it. But for now, we’re going to duplicate it,
so I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac. This is going to be the coin shape,
which in reality is the same as the main shape, but I’m just giving them different names so
I can easily tell what they are just by looking at the layers. I’m going to double click on the side of the
Layer here to bring up the Layer Style Window, and I’m going to add a Gradient Overlay. I’m
going to click on the Reset to Default button, just so we’re working with the default settings,
and you can follow along. I want to leave the Blend Mode set to Normal. I want to change
the Gradient to Black and White, and I want to change the angle to, maybe, about 127,
as long as the light is coming on the top left here. And, maybe, decrease the scale
a little bit, and Click and Drag this down, so this is what we have. Maybe, even, bring
the Opacity down just a little bit. So, as long as you have your light source on the
top left, and your Shadows on the bottom right, you should be okay. I’m also going to click
on Drop Shadow, and you can match the angles if you want—127 degrees. I can do that here
as well, so 127, and I can increase or decrease the distance of the Shadow, Size, and, of
course, Opacity, then press OK. I’m going to collapse the Layer Styles so
that we have a little more room to work with. Then I’m going to add a new Layer, and we’re
going to add a texture. I’m just going to rename this Layer to “Texture.” So we’re
going to add Texture to our coin. You can fill this Layer with whatever color you want.
I’m going to fill it with Black, which is my foreground color, Alt Backspace, Option
Backspace on the Mac, to fill with your foreground color, then make sure that Black and White
are your foreground colors by clicking on this icon here. Then go into Filter, Noise,
Add Noise, 63% is good, Gaussian, Monochromatic, press OK. Then, go into Filter, Blur, and
Blur one more time just to give it a light Blur; then go into Filter, Stylize, Emboss,
and these are pretty good, 129 degrees for the angle, Height of 3 pixels, Amount of 45,
press OK, and I can, then, bring the Opacity way down, maybe, around 7%. I’m going to Zoom
In just so you can see what we did there. I’m going to Zoom Out, and the reason we created
this Main Shape is it’s always easy to find, and I can always have a place to Ctrl Click,
Command Click on the thumbnail icon here, to load it as a Selection, and then I can
easily create a Layer Mask on any Layer I want with the shape of the coin. In this instance
it was pretty easy, but later on, we’re going to have a lot more layers and finding the
coin layer may not be as easy. So, in a project like this, I always like to have a main shape
that I can easily find, select and duplicate. So with the Texture Layer selected, I’m going
to hold Shift and click on the coin shape, then press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac and
turn that into a Group, and I’m going to call this “Main Coin.” So this is going to be our
main coin. Everything else that we add is going to be built on top of this. Now we’re
going to add some decorations to our coin, so we’re going to add an outer ring and then
an inner ring. So let’s start with the outer ring. I’m going to click on the Main Shape,
and press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to Duplicate. Click and Drag this above all the
other layers, and now we’re going to cut a whole in this Layer. So I’m going to click
on the Ellipse Tool. I can come into the Options Bar and select Subtract from Shape, or I can
simply hold Alt, Option on the Mac, and when you see that minus sign, you can click in
the center, hold Shift, and create a circle. It is going to cut a hole into that shape.
So now you just have to determine how thick your outer rings are going to be. So, for
me, I think that something like this will work. So now we have this outer ring. I can double
click on the side of the Layer here to bring the Layer Style Window, click on Bevel and
Emboss, click on Contour, and I can increase and decrease the size of the Bevel here, and,
actually, I want the Bevel going up, not down, and you know what? To make it easy, I’m just
going to click on Reset to Default, and we’ll work on it together. I’m going to increase
the Depth, Size, and increase the Opacity, on both the Highlight and Shadows. And you
know what? That might have been too much. So let me bring that back a little bit to,
maybe, 5 pixels, and, maybe, even bring this to 100%, because I want the Highlights to
be very bright, and, also, increase the Shadow. And you can change the Range of the Contour
as well to whatever you think looks good for your image. So, for me, maybe, somewhere beyond
the 80’s, and I want to press OK now, but I want to show you what we’re going to do
with all the other layers, and I want to make it really obvious, so I want to double click
on the thumbnail of this Layer to bring up the Color Picker, because it’s still a shape.
And I’m just going to change the color to Red. And the reason I’m doing this is so that
I can show you that the color doesn’t really matter, because we’re going to bring down
the Fill, all the way down to zero, which is going to make the original pixels on this
Layer disappear, and only keep the Layer Styles that we’re applying. So I’m going to double
click on the side of the Layer here, and you’ll see that if I disable the Bevel and Emboss,
this Layer is invisible. The only pixels that are visible are the pixels that we apply by
using the Layer Style. So that’s how we’re going to continue to build upon this coin. I’m just going to press OK. I’m going to double
click on the name to rename it. I’m going to call this “Outer Ring.” I’m going to
click on the Main Shape, press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to Duplicate, Click and Drag
it above the Outer Ring and I’m going to call this “Inner Ring.” I’m going to press Ctrl
T, Command T on the Mac, to Transform, Alt Shift. Alt, like in drag that anywhere, somewhere
around here. So we’re going to have Text going around the coin and then we’re going to have
these ornaments going around in this inner ring. So you have to determine the width of
both—the width of the area where you’re going to keep your text, and the width of
this inner ring, so, maybe, somewhere around here for me, and we’ll press Enter. Then I’m
going to cut a hole, like we did earlier, so I’m going to hold Alt, Shift, I can direct
from the center, and determine how thick that inner ring is going to be. This is my inner
ring, and that seems to be a good size. If it’s not for you, you can just make sure you
have the entire Layer selected, and that is just the inner ring I had selected a moment
ago, and press Ctrl T, hold Shift and Alt, and just Scale it accordingly, but for me,
that was a good size, so I’m just going to Undo. And, I’m going to keep the same Layer
Style I had for the Outer Ring, and you can copy very easily by holding Alt, Option on
the Mac, clicking on that FX icon, and dragging it over to the new layer. Unfortunately, that
doesn’t copy the fill, so we have to Click and Drag that Fill to zero percent. If you
want to make any adjustments to that, you can just double click on the FX icon. It brings
up the Layer Style Window, and then you can make any adjustments that you want to. I’m
not going to make any adjustments now. I’m just going to continue working with this coin. Now we’re going to work on the little ridges
that go outside of this coin. I’m just going to click on something that is not a shape,
so, maybe, here on this Main Coin, because I don’t want to add or subtract from any of
these shapes ’cause I’m going to be using the Polygonal Tool, and, by the way, before
we go any further, some of you, after watching this, maybe, thinking all these steps will
be a whole lot easier in Illustrator. And I just want to say that I do agree with you,
but this is a Photoshop training channel, and a lot of people who watch these tutorials,
either don’t have Illustrator, or they don’t know how to use it, so I decided to do all
these steps in Photoshop. So, with the Polygonal Tool selected, I’m going to go into the Options
Bar here and make sure I have Star selected and Indent Sides By 99%, and the Number of
Sides is 50. Then, I’m going to click here on the center and Drag, while holding Shift,
and make sure that one of these lines here that I’m creating is going right through the
center there—the horizontal center—then release. Notice this line here right in the
center. Then I’m going to press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac to Duplicate that Layer. Press
Ctrl T to Transform, hold Shift, Click and Drag, and notice the Tool Tip, right on my
cursor. When you get to 90 degrees, you can just release, and you’ll have lines cutting
in-between the lines you have there previously. So if I select both of these, you can see
what that looks like, and, actually, I’m going to press Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac, to
Merge them, and I’m also going to right click on them and choose Rasterize Layer, and I
can double click on that Layer and click on Stroke, and now you’ll see what I’m creating.
I want to have these lines point here along the edge. I’m going to, also, add Color Overlay and
use black as my foreground color, because if you remember, the shape was, actually,
like this. It might be a light, faint gray line there that I don’t want, then I’m going
to press OK and I’m going to right click on the Layer again, and choose Rasterize Layer
Style, put all on the Layer here. Then I can press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to Duplicate,
then press Ctrl T to Transform, hold Shift and Rotate the Layer, until you find another
in-between area, meaning, the lines that are being created now and are going in-between
the previous lines, and, so, somewhere around here, and just press Enter. So, now, we have
this Effect here. I press Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac, to Merge that onto one Layer.
Then, I can hold Alt, Option on the Mac, on this FX icon from the outer ring Layer, to
Duplicate it, Click and Drag it on to the Polygonal copy here, then I’m going to click
on the Layer thumbnail here of the outer ring to make a selection out of it, and click on
the Layer Mask icon, and I’m actually going to Click and Drag this above the outer ring.
So now we have this Effect here. I’m going to click on the FX icon because
right now these ridges are currently popping out. I want them to be embedded in. I’m
just going to click on the Down button here, and I can bring down the Opacity, Shadows,
and Highlights if I want to, and I am just going to bring it down a little bit, and I
may, actually, just change the Depth a little bit to, maybe, something like that, and then
press OK. I want to click on this Layer and on the other ring. I’m going to select both
of these layers and then press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, put them into a Group, and I
can call this group “Outer Ring.” Now we’re going to work with the inner ring. We’re going
to add little tiny circles going around the entire shape, and, again, this is a lot easier
in Illustrator, but we’re going to do it in Photoshop. And what we’re going to do now is use the
Ellipse Tool and make sure that you don’t have a Shape Layer selected. I mean, you can,
but for me, it’s easier to just select something that’s not a shape, because I don’t have to
worry about adding or subtracting from the shape accidentally. So, I’m going to hold
Shift, Click and Drag, create a circle about that big. The color, really, doesn’t matter,
just make sure that it’s a color that you can see. So, I know that you can see red,
so we’ll make it red, then Click and Drag it to this area here, right along the guide
and center it around the ring. But what we’re going to do now is we’re going to make copies
of it that go all the way around this ring. So, with that Layer selected, I’m going to
press Ctrl T, Command T on the Mac, to Transform, and right click on it and choose Rotate. Then
I’m going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, click on that center pivot point, and drag
that right to the center, right there. Then, hover over on top of it, Click and Drag that
while holding Shift, and when you get to 90 degrees, release, press Enter. Now, you’re
going to press Ctrl Alt Shift T, Command Option Shift T on the Mac, and press that three times
to Duplicate it in that same 90 degree angle. Then you’re going to select top 1, hold Shift,
select the bottom one to Ellipse, then Copy, Copy 2, and Copy 3—four layers, and press
Ctrl J, and hold Shift, Click and Drag on the corner here to rotate and then press Enter
when you have eight evenly-placed circles. Now click on the top one, hold Shift, click
on Ellipse 1, press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to duplicate, and then Ctrl T to Transform
and rotate that while holding Shift. And then, you’re going to have something that looks
like this. Press Enter, press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to Duplicate the last set of
selected circles, and then press Ctrl T to Transform, hold Shift, and then go the other
way one time. So, now, we have all these circles going around. At this point, if you want to get an extra
set of circles that are going to go in-between these circles, you have to select all of them,
so you can either stay where you’re at, or select the top one, go all the way to the
bottom one, hold Shift, press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, and then Rotate that and sort
of eyeball that right about there, and press Enter. Now you can select all these circles
and just simply pressing Ctrl E, Command E on the Mac, to put that into one single layer.
This is still a Shape Layer, so you can leave it as a Shape Layer if you want to. I’ll just
change the color or leave it at red; it really doesn’t matter, because we’re going to copy
the Layer Style here. Hold Alt, Click and Drag, and release, and we’re going to double
click on it here to change the Bevel to down and the Fill Opacity to zero. You might, actually,
want to add a color overlay, maybe, black, and leave it at, maybe, 27% because it will
be a little bit darker in there. You could, also, come back into the Bevel, if you want,
and adjust the size and shape, and how these little holes are going to look around that.
I’ll leave that up to you. I’ll going to press OK now. Now, one thing I forgot to do on the earlier
shape on the outer ring here with the grooves is to bring the Fill Opacity to zero, because
I do want some of those colors to come through, but that might be a little too light, so I’m
just going to increase the Fill just a little bit, so it’s not as light, so, maybe, at about
25%. I’m going to Click and Drag this layer above the inner ring layer, even though it
doesn’t really make any visual difference. I just want to have it on top. It just makes
more sense that way. So I’m going to click on this top one, click on the inner ring layer
while holding Shift, press Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, to put that into a group, and
call this “Inner Group.” An Ellipse Tool, make sure you have Path selected, and we’re
going to create the Path where our text is going to lie. So here at the bottom, we’re
going to have Photoshop Training Channel going in the bottom of the coin. So we have to think
of where that text is going to lie, so I’m going to Click and Drag, while holding Shift
and Alt, and think of where the baseline of that text will be. It will, probably, be somewhere around here,
maybe, and I can come into the Text Tool and I’m going to use Adobe Caslon Pro. If you
don’t have that, you can use any other font that you like. Also, I’m going to capitalize
all of the characters. So I’m going to click and just type in Photoshop Training Channel.
Then, with the Move Tool, I’m going to just Click and Drag that text in here, and I’m
using the Path Selection Tool, by the way. We just Click and Drag that text in, and then
you’ll see these icons throughout the text. Do you see that? There’s one here, that’s
one there, so this is going to determine where my text is going to start from, and I wanted
to start here, and go around, and this one, I wanted to end here. So this is, essentially,
the start point and end point of the Path. So no text is going to go higher than this
point in the beginning, and at the end, there’s no text that’s going to go higher. If you
had more text or bigger text—let me increase the size—it will disappear, because we can’t
have any text going past that line that we set there. So I’m going to bring that back
down, and adjust it accordingly. And, also, notice that I have the Center Aligned button
down. If I had Left Aligned, it will align to this line here. But I want it centered,
so I want to click that. And now that I’m looking at this, I think
that my text is not going to be centered because there’s a lot less space here than it is on
the top, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to select my Path. Press Ctrl T, Command T
to Transform, and Scale that in, and my text disappear, because, now, I have less space.
So what I’m going to do is just double click on here, press Ctrl A, Command A, to Select
All, even text is not showing, and then just decrease the size of my font here to, maybe,
72 points, and now it all fits. Let me see if that’s more centered. And, yeah, I’m still
not 100% happy with how centered this is, so I’m going to select my path again, press
Ctrl T. This tool here, the Path Selection Tool, select it, press Ctrl T, Command T,
to Transform, and Scale that in just a little bit more, and press Enter. And now, I think,
my text is more centered than it was before; so that’s what we did. What we’re going to do now is type more text
on the top, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to click on the Ellipse Tool again,
make sure I have Path, Click and Drag from the center, but remember that the baseline
is going to match the top of the text we had before, and you’ll see why, in a moment. So,
just match the top of the text, release, click on the Type Tool, and you can type something
like “Photoshop Coins,” which is what we’re creating. So this is the title of the tutorial—Photoshop
Coins, and then, Photoshop Training Channel, the name of this channel at the bottom. And
we’re going to click on the Path Selection Tool here, and then find these icons that
we can move around, so, then, this one here is going to go right there, and, actually,
Click and Drag it out. Notice that there are three icons—this one on the left, this one
here on the right, and this center icon there. So Click and Drag this one here, and, actually,
they’re icons, but they’re more like handles. So think of these as handles—the start handle,
the end handle, and the center one there. And now we have Photoshop Coins, Photoshop
Training Channel here at the bottom, and notice that by aligning the path here on the bottom,
now the text is centered and matches the curvature of the original font, because, now, it’s facing
up, not facing down. This is how we had it with the other one. Obviously, that would
have worked, but if it’s facing up, like so, then it matches. At this point I can select
both of the text layers by holding shift and clicking them both, pressing Ctrl G, Command
G on the Mac, put that into a group. If you have Photoshop CS6 or newer, then you
can add Layer Styles to a group. If you don’t, at this point, you can apply the Layer Styles
to each individual Text Layer, or convert this into a Smart Object and then apply the
Layer Styles. Since I have Photoshop CC 2015, which is, obviously, after CS6, I can apply
a Layer Style to a group, which is what I’m going to do. So I’m going to click on the
inner ring here, and I’m going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, within the FX icon and
drag it on to this Group 1, which is, actually, my text, and that’s what I’ll call it—”Text.”
So, now, this group has those Layer Styles, and I can bring down the Fill to zero, and
I can click on the FX icon and adjust that level, and you know what? I may bring in just
a little bit of that Fill up, just so the text stands out, just a little bit more. You can also decide to add a Drop Shadow if
you want to, but I’m just going to bring the distance way down and the Size way down, as
well, and the Opacity; so just a very faint Shadow that barely shows. And, I think, it
does add a little more to the effect, and press OK. So now we have coin, the ornaments
of the coin, and the text. The final thing that we’re going to do is add the person that’s
going to go in the center of the coin. And, like everything else in Photoshop, there’s
a lot of ways of doing the same thing or similar things. I’m going to show you a very easy
way, in case you’re a beginner, and you don’t have to follow all the steps, and then I’m
going to show you the more difficult way for advanced users. So I’m going to open up the stock image of
a woman, and you can use whatever face that you want. It really doesn’t matter what face
you’re using. You don’t even have to use a face if you don’t want to. You can just put
in a number or text inside of that circle that we’re going to put the face in. But,
anyway, first, like I said, I’m going to show you the easy way. So I’m just going to duplicate
this layer, press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, so we have a duplicate of the original,
then go to Filter, Stylize, Emboss, and then you can Emboss this image until it looks like
a queen would; so, maybe, something like this, maybe increase the amount just a little bit
more, then press OK. Obviously, it has color, and we don’t want that, so you can press Ctrl
Shift U, Command Shift U on the Mac, or you can go into Image, Adjustments, Desaturate,
shortcuts here—Shift Ctrl U. And we can use this as the face of our coin, and that’s
the easy way. Now let me show you a way that’s a little
more difficult, but you have a little more control, as I like to have control over the
Effects I create. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to duplicate this original layer
and press Ctrl J, Command J on the Mac, to Duplicate it, and I’m going to go into the
Channels Panel, and I’m just going to look through all the channels and see what channel
gives me the most Contrast; maybe the Blue channel. It will be different channels for
different images, so just look through all of them and see what give you more contrast.
You can duplicate that channel by clicking on and dragging it over to this New Channel
icon, and we have a blue copy. Then go to Image, Adjustment, and Levels, and adjust
your channel to have more Contrast, maybe something like this. Press OK. Now, this channel has a lot of detail, which
is good for photos but not good for the effect that we’re going to create. So what I’m going
to do is I’m going to Blur it, but I want to try to keep the details and just blur these
large areas; so one quick way of doing it is go in to Filter, Blur, Surface Blur, and
Photoshop tries to blur out everything in the large areas here, and tries to keep some
detail. So you can play around with the Threshold and the Radius and see what gives you the
best result; so, maybe, 8 pixels and Threshold of 18 levels for this image. If you’re using
a different photograph, then just play around with it until you get something that looks
like this. The values will be different for almost any photo that you use, then press
OK. Now that we have this, I can rename this channel
to anything I want, so I’ll just call this channel “Face Coin” because it’s going to
be the face for the coin, and I’m going to Zoom Out, and I’m going to go back into the
Layers Panel, and I’m going to create a new layer, and I’m going to fill that layer with
50% gray, and the easiest way of doing that is by going into the Edit menu, choosing Fill,
and in Contents, choose 50% gray, and press OK. Now we have a layer with 50% gray. Then
go into Filter, Render, Lighting Effects. Under Lighting Effects, there’s an option
that reads Texture, and you can select the channel that we created or one of the original
ones. So select the one that you created, in my case it’s called “Face Coin” and
you get that effect there. And you can just select the different types of lighting, so,
originally, I had Infinite, there’s Spot, and Point, so, maybe, you can move this here,
and Click and Drag on this icon to adjust the effect. So my light is coming from the
top left, so maybe I want the top left to have more light, and adjust it accordingly;
so maybe something like that. And you can adjust the Ambiance and find something that
works for you; have Metallic all the way to 100%. For now, I’m going to leave these settings
as they are because I think this will work for me, and all the brightest spot of my image
is on this side of here, so something like this should work for me, then I’m going to
press OK. Now that I have this, I’m going to make a
mask out of it, but I’m going to start my mask with the original image. So I’m going
to click on the Quick Selection Tool, increase the size of my brush by tapping on the right
bracket key on the keyboard and clicking and dragging throughout her face and neck, just
to make a selection out of her. And if I made a mistake like I did there, I can hold Alt,
Option on the Mac, and subtract that selection. I can keep adding to it, and it seems like
I’m having problems here in the hair, and it’s okay. What I can do now is press Q on
the keyboard, and with white, I can paint those pixels in and I’m using the Quick Mask.
I’ll just paint this in really quickly and it’s okay if I go over the line. I can paint
with black and hide those pixels, and I’m going to press Q again to bring back the Selection,
and go back into the image we created there and add a Layer Mask. So now we have this
here. What I’m going to do is I’m just going to click on this, select the Move Tool, click
on the Layer, and Drag it over on to this tab. I’m going to hold Shift, and then release,
place that in at the center. I can’t see the corner handles, so I’m going to press Ctrl
zero, Command zero on the Mac, to go into the bird’s eye view, hold Shift, Alt, Click
on one of these corner handles, and Drag down to the appropriate size, so, maybe, somewhere
around here, and then press Enter, and I’m going to Zoom In. Then we need to create the Mask, so I’m going
to click on the Elliptical Marquee Tool, click on the center here, hold Alt Shift, and try
to match that inner circle as best as possible, so, maybe, here, and add a new group. This
group is going to be called “Person” because that’s a person on the coin, and add the Layer
Mask to that group. Then you can click on the Person Layer. I’ll call this one “Woman,”
just so we can have a different name, and Click and Drag it into that group. And, now,
it hides the rest of the layer that was overlapping the rest of the coin. And the advantage of
having the Mask in the group is that we can Click and Drag her around accordingly, so
maybe you don’t want her on the center, maybe you want her here on the side somewhere or
anywhere that you want. For this tutorial, I’ll leave her in the center
here, and I’m using the arrow keys on the keyboard to center her a little bit better.
Then I’m going to change the Blend Mode to Luminosity, and if your Luminance values are
either too bright, too dark, you can adjust them by creating an Adjustment Layer, selecting
Levels, clicking on this icon here, which turns it into a Clipping Mask. This down pointing
arrow indicates that you’re only affecting the Layer below it, in this case the Woman
Layer, and you can adjust the Luminance values, and make them match the color of your coin,
or the gray tones of your coin. So this is how you would get it to match the coin more
accurately, so maybe something like this. At this point, we can start adding the color
of our coin. Right now we have a silver coin, but maybe you want to have a gold coin. The
way you would go about that is by creating a new Adjustment Layer and clicking on Hue
and Saturation, Colorize, and make sure that you’re using the Color Blend Mode, because
we’re going to use this Layer just for color. So I can, actually, rename this layer “Color”
and, maybe, you want to make this into a gold coin, so I select a golden color, something
like this, increase the Saturation, bring down Lightness. I can delete the Layer Mask,
and with the main shape, we can control Command Click on the thumbnail, and then, on the Adjustment
Layer for Color, click on the Layer Mask, now it applies only to the coin. If you want
to control the Luminance values of the entire coin at the same time, just create a new Levels
Adjustment Layer, change the Blend Mode to Luminosity, and I’m actually going to delete
the Layer Mask, click on this Layer Mask, hold Alt, Option on the Mac, Click and Drag
it, and you Duplicate it. So now, all the effects that I apply will only affect the
coin. So, I can come in here and just make the coin brighter or darker in different areas.
I think we’re okay, so I don’t need to make any adjustments. I just wanted to show you
that option. By the way, you can also use a Curves Adjustment
Layer. This time I’m just going to Ctrl Click on the Layer Mask thumbnail to make a selection,
then go in to Curves, set that to Luminosity, and use Curves if you’re familiar with Curves.
I, personally, would probably use Curves instead of Levels, just because I prefer it. But if
you’re not familiar with Curves, Levels will also help you out. So levels are Curves, whatever
you want to do. I’m going to delete the Levels layer in my case and I’m just going to call
this Luminance, because this is taking care of my Luminance values and we can make adjustments
to that as well. I’m, actually, going to just come in to my Luminance here and lead all
those points and just Click and Drag and bring this one down. I think my coin was just a little too bright,
so, maybe, something like this. It’s still bright, but not as bright as it was before.
Then I’m going to create a new layer. I’m going to click on the Brush Tool. I’m going
to select a Soft Brush, something like this, make sure that the hardness is at zero percent.
With the right bracket key on the keyboard, I’m going to tap that a few times until I
have a large Brush, like so. Click right in the center. And, actually, I had black, but
that’s okay, I can press Ctrl I, Command I on the Mac, to Invert it to white. With that
white brushstroke, I can switch the Blend Mode to a Linear Dodge (Add). Nothing will
happen. It will look exactly the same, but if you double click on the side of the Layer
here in the Layer Style window, and uncheck Transparency Shapes Layer, notice what happens.
It looks brighter, hotter, and that’s what we want. It looks more metallic. So I’m going
to press OK. Now, with the Move Tool, I can place that
anywhere I want to, and I want it right about here. And there’s several Blend Modes that
look different when you bring down the Opacity and the Fill. This is one of those Blend Modes.
So if I bring the Fill down to 50%, check out how that looks. And, actually, just so
you could see, I’m going to go to the History panel, create a Snapshot; Snapshot number
one is Opacity of 50%. When we bring the Opacity back up to 100%, and the Fill to 50, create
another Snapshot. So, this is what it looks like with Fill at 50% and this is what it
looks like with Opacity at 50%. See the difference? The second one still looks hotter and brighter,
and that’s what we want to do. We want to use the Fill to adjust the brightness in this
highlight. So, in my case, 31% looks good. I’m going to duplicate this Layer Mask. I’m
going to hold Alt, Option on the Mac, Click and Drag it on to this Highlight. I’m going to create a new layer, and I’m going
to do the same thing. I’m going to paint with white and I’m just going to shape that into
a highlight, and put that right up here, so it’s really bright. And, I’m also going to
remove this checkbox here, so just a little hotter, probably, no real difference is pretty
small. So, just place that into position, and, maybe, use the Smudge Tool, and smudge
the edges, and a little bit, and that’s our highlight. And I can, also, use the Fill to
adjust it. So now we have these highlights. So I’m going to select both of these layers,
put them into a group, Ctrl G, Command G on the Mac, Call it “Highlight,” and now we have
a highlight in our coin. And I’m actually looking at the coin now and I forgot to add
one thing that’s, actually, not really that important, but if I wanted to add it, it’s
not difficult. In the text group, I can add ornaments here on the coin, so I can go in
to the Custom Shape Tool, for example, and if I select All and click OK, I can see all
of my shapes, and there’s different shapes that I can use to add ornaments to this coin,
so maybe like this one here, for example, and make sure that you have Shape. I can come and add something that looks like
this. And since I’m inside of this group, it will take that Bevel effect, because it’s
applied to everything inside of that group. With that selected, then I can hold Alt, Option
on the Mac, Click and Drag to Duplicate it and place it on the other side. So, you can
add all kinds of ornaments and things like that to your coin; anything that you find
useful. And that’s it for this tutorial. I hope that
you enjoyed it and that you learned something new. If you have any comments or questions,
leave them down below. Don’t forget to subscribe and share this video with a friend. Thank
you for watching and I’ll talk to you again soon.

99 thoughts on “How To Create a Realistic Coin In Photoshop

  1. Grazieeeee!!!

  2. Im trying to use my dog as the thing thats in the middle of the coin, but once I press i Lightining Effects it all becomes gray.. cant seem to find a solution. Do you know what the problem is?(sorry for my bad english)

  3. Hey! Just want to thank you for this tutorial! I just got a freelance job creating coins for the Royal Canadian mint! My coin was rated #1 from other candidates. 15 years experience as a graphic designer! I'm excited! Subscribed and love the vids! Thanks again!

  4. My lighting effect is not coming up. So I transfer it to my cs5 and it works. I wish I can upload it here for u to see where I got it wrong. Thank gud job. Luv from Nigeria

  5. Thanks man! This was really helpful

  6. Hello! Great video and beautiful result! I have a problem in the moment to create the inner ring (minute 9:00 of the video exactly). You hold ALT + SHIFT and click and drag of the center. In this moment your guides changes the color (to purple). Do you press any other key? My guides do not change the color and then when release the circle, this does not cut the hole. Do you understand what is my problem? Thank you ver much. (Sorry, but my english is very poor).

  7. Excellent tutorial. I'd say to anyone having difficulties, just re-rum the video. Sometimes you can miss the tiniest point which could be crucial. One thing for sure, although this video is only 38:08 min long, it's going to take a lot longer than that to come up with your own version.

  8. argh…i don't know what happened. I don't have ridges on the outer layer. the polygon lines seem to have gone underneath it or something.

  9. As a guy who uses PS for the first time, you are speaking way to fast, it took me 5 minutes to realize you said alt+backspace not just backspace.

  10. SORRY u speak so so so much fast and taking ur steps also very much fast any beginner or non English speaker hardly follow u
    you said its training center and i believe even professionals hard to follow you any way and u have very Critical fault when u making first ring on ur coin and when u color it by red on the tutorial come on the ring and in real comes inside the coin but the outer ring please follow your tutorial as anyone see it and want to try it then find out all faults on your project thank you very much for concern my massage.

  11. Hey, how about one for making a challenge coin design? I would really appreciate it so that i can train my designer.

  12. perfect, thanks bro, i like what you do special your work with group it make your work simple and truly logical

  13. When I copy my Main shape to form the inner ring i don't get the gradient on the inner ring layer, what did i do wrong? Or did I get it wrong and is coin shape the same as main shape since my coin shape does have the gradient.

  14. When I want to highlight something on a white background, I choose the magic want tool, highlight the white area, then Alt+S+I to invert the selection rather than painting over the foreground object. Much faster and easier.

  15. Hello and gday ! I had a question in regards to making the circles on the inner ring, Time stamp 13:15. When i hit Ctrl/Alt/Shift/T it does not make more layers. The elipse 1 layer changes shapes instead of making a new layer. This is preventing me to rotate and move forward. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  16. Ok… the way the girl looked when you stopped the lesson was not EVEN the same as the FINAL version… why didn’t you finish the lesson completely?!

  17. Thank you for this amazing tutorial. You are a natural! Your voice is clear, and instructions are precise. Thank you again, I really enjoyed your tutorial

  18. What version of Photoshop cc are you using? I am running 19.1.3 and the Gradient Overlay in the layer style doe not look like on your tutorial.

  19. Great video. I've watched it so many times as I am trying to duplicate the process. I am using Elements 9 so I don't have rasterize or group folders. I've been able to work around most of your instructions. However when I make the star for the beveled in ridges of the outer coin, the star appears under the two ring layers. I have all my layers in the same order as yours.  Help!

  20. Does anyone have the coin photoshop file up to the point where he adds the logos? I can seem to get it and I just want to add a logo to it

  21. Great tut. We were able to follow and recreate a similar graphic, however, we did have to pause quite a bit to absorb all that you were sharing. We are now confident that with practice, we will lock this technique in.

  22. Great Tutorial, but I have some minor nitpicks

    I wish you'd let us know the size you're using in the bevel and emboss. It's not easy to see what you're clicking on, even if you have the video in full screen.

    12:58 You should have mentioned you need to click Control/Command Shift before clicking the Outer Ring thumbnail in order to select it. I had to try a couple of different keys before I figured out how to select the thumbnail correctly. Not to mention I created a layer mask on the wrong layer at first.

    34:11 What type of brush, and what size? Like I said, even with the video at full screen, it's difficult to see exactly what tools you're choosing.

  23. Appreciate the tutorial, but please explain WHICH layer you're working with. It's especially important when creating a mask I know which layer I'm applying the mask.

  24. Very nice tutorial. I have tried but stuckup at, draw arrays. I am using photoshop cc 2018. Kindly guide.

  25. 3 years after and it still works perfectly, Thaks a lot.
    And yhes please pay attention to clic with CTRL pressed at 12:56

  26. Excellent work, I created my coin with your help. Thanks. Can you please recommend how to shrink png file to export? It is too big and can not use it over 2MB

  27. In the final shot of the coin how do you get the face so smooth and bright rather than so textured. most of the video the face is textured

  28. Every time i move my image that goes in the middle of the coin, it turns solid black. Please help! Ive been at this for hours…

  29. hello PTC, i must have an older version of CS? 5.5. i am missing something because steps 10:00 to 13:40 do not work for me. It seems the cutting out inner & outter are not working. i did these steps 3X and it doesnt work. But this is a really good video! thanks

  30. At 13 minutes into the video it is NOT spoken that you need to press and hold CTRL and then click the outer layer icon to make it a selection. This was awesome! Thank you very much!!!

  31. Awesome Work u r Best …. Ur Method of Teaching is Good ,,,, Can u plz teach the Youtube channel logo making

  32. Great tutorial. One question, the final product looks amazing at 37:47, but I don't see how you get to that from what is seen at 37:44. Did some of the video get cut?

  33. my friend your tutorial and method is too complicated it is hard to understand, and I am sure that there are a few more clear paths to make this

  34. If your lighting effects is grayed out like mine was check out this solution:

  35. Hard to follow, you mention reduce the opacity "a little bit" and go so fast you can't see (unless you pause the video) and magnify the screen to see the number. Going elsewhere to find the same thing that is easier to follow. Don't waste your time with this one.

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