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Create a Metal Coin in Photoshop
Tutorials Textures and Patterns 66998 Views April 26th, 2017

Learn how to create a metal coin in Photoshop using some basic layer styles. For the coin center image I will use the emboss filter that will add a 3D effect. You will also get the free coin PSD mockup file to create your own coins with minimum effort with the use of smart objects. Simply add your image inside the smart object and save.


Start by creating a background; you can use any texture you want for the background, I decide to use a dark brown leather texture that you can find here.

Use the Ellipse Tool and keep the SHIFT key pressed while drawing to create a circle shape. Color for the shape is #6d6d6d

Duplicate the Circle Layer and use the Path Selection Tool to select the shape. Press CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste the shape into the same layer (Circle 2 Layer). Use the transform Tool to scale the circle to around 95%

Use the Path Selection Tool to select the second circle shape inside the Circle 2 Layer and press Subtract from shape area.

Let's add some decorations that every must have; for that purpose I will use my Circle Photoshop Shapes. Inside the CSH file you will find star circles, dotts circles and so on. Plentry to choose from. So add the decorations that you like.

Now we have to add some layer styles to the Circle 2 Layer and to the Start Dots Circle Shapes. Set the Fill of both layers to 0%. You can use some of these amazing Letterpress and Emboss Photoshop Styles with small adjustments.

After small adjustments especially for the Circle 2 Layer your result should look similar to this one. You can download the PSD file to get the exact layer styles and other settings.

I will use this girl portrait(the original image is no longer available) to create a bas-relief effect in the center of the image. I will explain in just a few quick steps the process. Inside the PSD file you will find a smart object that you can use to add your own image.

So open the image and desaturate it to obtain a black and white effect; cut the image into a circle shape like shown in the preview.

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11 comment(s) for "Create a Metal Coin in Photoshop"

2:26 AM Thursday, June 27, 2013
Here is a great Photoshop action generator for creating realistic coins reply
1:31 PM Sunday, June 30, 2013
Good tutorial.

Tripiyon reply
1:08 AM Friday, November 01, 2013
A fully editable dollar photoshop template. You can customize ALL texts, signatures, values, codes, pictures keeping the original styles. You can also place your own face in front side, and another picture in back side. You can create engrave effect for your photos.

12:40 AM Wednesday, December 11, 2013
This is a set of 7 Photoshop Layer Styles totally identical to those of the dollar bill. Add Photoshop money layer styles to your text or shape.

DOWNLOAD Money Photoshop Styles
Erwin Limon
Erwin Limon
4:35 AM Tuesday, November 11, 2014
hello, where is the PSD file? thanks. reply
4:36 AM Tuesday, November 11, 2014
This is the link:
But you have to Register/Login to download it. reply
2:34 AM Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Engraving Metal Photoshop Creator

This set contains 9 Photoshop actions with styles intact that will allow you to create realistic engraved and embossed metal in Photoshop out of any text, vector shape, raster image, photo and illustration. reply
1:20 AM Friday, January 23, 2015
While I appreciate your tutorial, I cannot get past step #1, or 2. I am using a transparent background, and trying to make the first circle, but nothing is filling in, it's only making a selection.

Is the first circle a new fill layer or not? please help and be more specific. because if I cannot get past step one, you're not a good tutor. not my fault. im following the instructions as you said, and nothing works like your pictures. reply
1:26 AM Friday, January 23, 2015
For this tutorial you have to know how to work with shapes, so I guess it is not for a complete beginner.
What fill layer are you talking about? The first circle was created using the Ellipse Tool. Make sure you have the Shape Layers selected and not the Paths. reply
Adyson Rancourt
Adyson Rancourt
1:45 AM Thursday, May 04, 2017
Awesome tutorial, which program do you use? Adobe Photoshop? Thanks :) reply
1:46 AM Thursday, May 04, 2017
Yes, this is a tutorial on how to create a coin in Adobe Photoshop :) reply

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