Welcome back to another very exciting tutorial
here at the Photoshoptrainingchannel.com.
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
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