Draw a gold coin in Photoshop

In this tutorial we will draw a gold coin using vector objects and layer styles.

Final result:

Lesson Resources

Step 1. Create a document and large circles

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) sized 1024×1024 with a white background in Photoshop. Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) and create a circle with a diameter of 850 pixels.

Open up Optionsoverlay (Blending Options) and reduce the Fill layer to 0%.

Apply the following styles:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Inner bevel, Method – Smooth, Backlight Mode – Base Illumination, Shadow Mode – Multiplication.

Overlaygradient (Gradient Overlay): # F3E54A – # C3781A.

Create another circle with a diameter of 850 pixels.

Reduce it Opacity (Opacity) up to 75% and Fill (Fill) up to 0%.

Apply style Gloss (Satin): Mode – Light up the basics.

Step 2. Small circles

Choose a tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) and create a circle with a diameter of 700 pixels.

Reduce the fill to 0% and apply several styles:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – External embossing, Method – Smooth, Backlight mode and shadows – Brightening the base.

Internalglow (Inner Glow): Mode – Normal, Method – Soft.

Gloss (Satin): Mode – Normal.

Overlaygradient (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear, Gradient – # F3E54A – # C3781A.

Externalglow (Outer Glow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 94641C, Method – Soft.

Create a circle with a diameter of 700 pixels over the previous one.

Reduce the fill to 0% and apply several styles:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Outer bevel, Method – Smooth, Backlight mode and shadow – Lightening.

Internalglow (Outer Glow): Mode – Normal, Method – Soft.

All 4 layers with circles put in one group “Coin Shape” (Ctrl + G).

Step 3. Star shape

Now that the base of the coin is ready, we can put any pattern on it. I prepared a star in Adobe Illustrator in advance. Paste it into our document, reduce in mode Freetransformation (Ctrl + T) and place in the center of the coin.

Create 3 copies of the star and turn them off. Apply the following styles to the first layer:

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – Inner bevel, Method – Smooth, Backlight Mode – Base Illumination, Shadow Mode – Multiplication.

Overlaygradient (Gradient Overlay): Mode – Normal, Style – Linear.

Droppingthe shadows (Drop Shadow): Mode – Normal.

Turn on the first copy of the star, reduce its fill to 0% and apply a shadow style.

Droppingthe shadows (Drop Shadow): Mode – Overlap.

Turn on the second copy, reduce the fill to 0% and apply the Glitter style (Satin).

Mode – Brightening Basics

Turn on the third copy, reduce its opacity to 75, and fill to 0%. Apply the styles shown below.

Stamping (Bevel Emboss): Style – External glow, Method – Smooth, Backlight mode and shadows – Brightening the base.

Stroke (Stroke): Position – Outside, Mode – Normal, Stroke Type – Gradient from # D3831D to transparent.

Internalshadow (Inner Shadow): Mode – Normal, Color – # D29F36.

Internalglow (Inner Glow): Mode – Normal, Color – # 8E5E20, Method – Soft.

Gloss (Satin):

Overlaygradient (Gradient Overlay): # F8EA48 – # F1C124.

Droppingthe shadows (Drop Shadow):

Select all layers except the background, and press Ctrl + Alt + E. You will have a new layer containing all selected ones. Apply a filter to it. Colorcontrast (Filter> Other> Color Contrast) (Filter> Other> High Pass). Name the layer “High Pass” and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay).

All 4 layers with stars and put the “High Pass” layer into the “Star Logo” group (Ctrl + G).

Step 4. Glare on the coin

Tool Rectangle (Rectangle Tool) (U) create 3 vertical shapes of different thickness of white color. In mode Freetransformation (Ctrl + T) tilt them at an angle of 22.5 degrees.

Combine 3 shapes (Ctrl + E) and apply a blur filter (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur) (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur).

Select a coin (hold down Ctrl, click on the thumbnail of the circle layer), go to the layer with white stripes and add a mask through the menu Layer> Mask Layer> Show Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Reveal Selection).

Reduce the fill of the stripe layer to 15%. Place the layer in the “Blur Lines” group.

Select a circle with a diameter of 700 pixels and add a mask to the “Blur Lines” group via the menu Layer> Mask Layer> Hide Selected Area (Layer> Layer Mask> Hide Selection).

Create a copy of the “Blur Lines” layer and tool Move (Move Tool) (V) slide it slightly to the right.

Place a copy of the blurry bands in a separate group “Blur Lines 2”. Select a circle with a diameter of 700 pixels again and add the same mask as the last time to the “Blur Lines 2” group.

Both groups with stripes put in one group «Blur Lines». Reduce its fill to 75% and set the blending mode Overlap (Overlay).

Step 5. Shadow

Now we will create a shadow under the coin. Create a new “Shadow” group right above the background layer. Tool Ellipse (Ellipse Tool) (U) create a black oval with the size of 600×30 pixels.

Apply filter to black oval BlurbyGauss with a value of 40 pixels.

Reduce fill to 75%.

Create a copy of the shadow and reduce it to 50% in mode Freetransformation (Ctrl + T). Then reduce the copy fill to 50%.

You can get a silver and bronze coin, if you change the color in the style settings.

Author: Adrien | Supercolor

Transfer: Stark

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