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Photoshop Tutorial: Part 1 – How to Create a Gold, Medallion Coin Portrait

March 6, 2020


Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV.
I’m going to show you how to create your own custom, gold medallion coin including how
to add custom, wrap-around text. This tutorial is in 2 parts. In the first part, we’ll create
the base medallion and prepare the person to place into it. In Part 2, we’ll stamp the
person into the medallion transforming its texture and add the wrap-around text. This
tutorial is an update of one I did quite a while ago on an earlier version of Photoshop.
I provided this marble texture that you can use for your background. Its link is in my
video’s description or project files. Open a photo that you’d like to make into a medallion
coin. It can be color or black and white. I downloaded this one from Shutterstock.com.
To get the best results from the filters we’ll be using, we need to make the resolution of
the photo 300 piexels per inch. To do this, go to Image and Image Size. Type in 300 pixels
per inch. If the size of your image becomes too large, type in a lower amount in either
its width or height, but first make sure the chain-link icon is on. I’ll type in 1500 pixels
for its Height. The width automatically changes because the chain-link is on. In this example,
the image size went from over 94 megabytes to under 5 megabytes. To fit it back onto
your canvas, press Ctrl + 0 on WIndows or Cmd + 0 on a Mac. To correct the brightness
and contrast of your photo, we’ll use Levels adjustment, but before doing this, let’s convert
the photo into a Smart Object, so we can modify it nondestructively. Click the icon at the
top, right corner of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. Click the
Adjustment Layer icon and choose “Levels”. Slide the Input white level to approximately
the point where the histogram starts to rise and do the same for the Input black level.
If your photo is in color, click the Adjsutment Layer icon again and this time, click “Black
White”. This removes all its color. Click the photo to make it active. The next step
is to make a selection around your subject, so we can separate it from its background.
There are many ways to make selections and your choice should depend on the characterisitcs
of your photo. For this example, I’ll use the Quick Selection Tool and drag the tool
over my subject to select it. Once you make the selection, click the Layer mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to your subject. Shift-click on the top layer
to highlight all the layers and convert them all into one Smart Object. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click
on the New Layer icon to make a new layer below the active layer. We’ll fill it with
70% grey. Click the foreground color to open the color picker. In the Brightness field,
type in 70%. Then, click OK. Press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the empty layer with
the foreground color. Convert the grey layer into a Smart Object, so we can modify the
filter that we’ll be adding to it. Go to Filter and Filter Gallery. Open the Texture folder
and click “Grain”. Make the Intensity: 5, the Contrast: 50 and the Grain Type: Regular. Make the top layer active and open your Elliptical Marquee Tool. Go to the center of the portion
of your subject that you’d like to use for your medallion and press and hold Alt or Option
+ Shift as you drag out a circular selection. Don’t release the keys on your keyboard, yet. . Add
the Spacebar key to reposition the selection. When its positioned and sized to your liking,
you can release all the keys. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection
next to the active layer. Click this icon to open the Blending Options. Reduce its opacity
to 30%. Then, click OK. Shift-click on the grey layer to highlight it, as well and convert the 2 layers into one Smart Object. Open the Marble background I provided or you can open
your own background that you’d like to use. Just make sure its resolution is 300 pixels
per inch. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. We’ll fill it with 40% grey. Click your foreground color and in the Brightness field, type in 40%. Press Alt or Option + Delete to fill the empty layer with the foreground color. Before we begin making the medallion template, let’s create center guidelines. Go to View. If you’re working on Photoshop CS6 or earlier, I’ll show you
what to do in a minute. Click “New Guide Layout”. Type in: 2 for the Number in Columns and Rows
and make sure Center Columns is checked. Then, click OK. For versions earlier than CC, go
to View and click “New Guide”. Type in 50% for Horizontal and click OK. Then, go back
to View and click New Guide. Tick, “Vertical and type in 50%, as well. Make sure your Elliptical
Marquee Tool is active and go to the center of your guidelines. Press and hold Alt or
Option + Shift as you drag out a circular selection approximately this size. Click the
Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. Double-click
the grey layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. Make the Size: 50
pixels and uncheck “Global Light”. Make the Angle: 130 degrees and the Altitude: 60 degrees.
Open Gloss Contours and click the gear icon. Click “Contours”. When you see this message,
click OK to replace your current contours with the new set of contours. If you don’t
see their names, click the gear icon again and click “Small List”. Since “Small List
is already checked here, I won’t click on it. Click “Ring – Double”. Make the Highlight
opacity: 100% and the Shadow opacity: 60%. Click “Drop Shadow” and change the Blend Mode
to “Linear Burn”. Uncheck Global Light and make the Angle: 140 degrees. Make the Distance: 35 pixels, the Spread: 5% and
the Size: 25 pixels. Make the Opacity: 30%. Then, click OK. Next, we’ll add the inside template. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer. Ctrl-click or Cmd-click on the layer mask to make a selection of its shape. Go to Select and “Transform Selection”. Click the chain-link button. This links the width and the height. In either field, type in 98%. To accept the Transform, click the checkmark. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer mask of the selection next to the active layer. Click the empty layer to make it acxtive. We’ll fill it with 50% grey. Click the foreground color and in the Brightness field, type in 50%. Then click OK. Fill the empty layer with the foreground color. Double-click the top grey layer to open its Layer Style window. Click “Bevel & Emboss”. Make the Depth: 52%, the Direction: Down and the Size: 90 pixels. Make the Highlight opacity: 57% and the Shadow opacity: 60%. Click “Contour” and open your list of Contour presets. Scrolll up a bit and click “Cove Shallow”. Click “Drop Shadow”. The Distance and Size are 8 pixels. Open Contour, scroll down a bit and click “Ring – Double”. Make the Noise: 25% and click OK. Next, brighten it and add color, but first, to save space in the Layers Panel, let’s group the medallion coin layers into a folder. To do this, Shift-click on the middle layer to highlight
it, as well. Then, press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Name the folder whatever you’d like. Click
the Adjustment Layer icon and click “Color Balance”. To restrict the adjustment layer
to effect just the medallion coin and not the background, click the clipping mask icon. Now, the adjustment layer is clipped to just the one layer beneath it. Click “Shadows”.
Make the Cyan- Red: 20 and click the Tab key twice on your keyboard twice to go to Yellow – Blue.
Type in minus 61. Click “Midtones”. In the first field, type in: 74, click the Tab key
and type in: 25 and then minus 82. Click “Highlights”. In the top field, type in 26…and then, 25…then, minus 40. In Part 2, we’ll stamp your photo into into it and add wrap-around text. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!

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34 Comments

  • Reply Ger Prz June 22, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Nice! 
    Thanks Marty.

  • Reply Dr Ashraf Mesbah June 22, 2015 at 3:14 am

    Perfect Marty! Thanks,
    can I replace the costume photo without doing all changes in filters?

  • Reply cosawanty June 22, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Fantastic as usual Marty

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez June 22, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Cool

  • Reply T B June 22, 2015 at 9:15 am

    This was something that was done at Photoshop 3 version long time ago. You are very late!

  • Reply rook June 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I'm gonna make Obama into a coin.

  • Reply Aces 0073 June 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    hi boddy i have cs5 after i click on color balance i can't do anyting the clipping mask has a circle with a bar in it can't click on it

  • Reply JamesCloud June 23, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Marty can make a tutorial on how to make a scrapbook template then adding some photos. Thanks. 🙂

  • Reply Altaf Mansoori June 25, 2015 at 8:19 am

    very nice

  • Reply Altaf Mansoori June 25, 2015 at 8:20 am

    is there any video for beginners ?

  • Reply Thanusak Kanbuth June 26, 2015 at 7:35 am

    its don't work with cs 5, about gold medallion coin .

  • Reply Shaf Hussain June 28, 2015 at 12:35 am

    @Blue Lightning TV Hi Marty. I've always wondered why you enter different resolution values for different projects- please explain. Thankyou.

  • Reply hakam soufan June 28, 2015 at 1:39 am

    thank you

  • Reply Aces 0073 June 28, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Marty we need your help lol

  • Reply stevo7181 June 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Love the videos.   Im stuck trying to make gold leaf… any videos?

  • Reply Niels van de Sande June 29, 2015 at 11:31 am

    I don't have the overclipping layer function in cc, please help i'm stuck

  • Reply Steven Van Hulle July 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    This is a very good explanation of how to obtain this effect, thanks. (I don't understand how 2 people can downvote this. I can understand that someone doesn't care about it, but dislike??)

  • Reply Salis July 21, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I don't have the clipping mask tool :-/ is there a shortcut in keyboard for it?

  • Reply Mariam M July 29, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I don't have the new guide layout only new guide , what should I do??

  • Reply The McMan August 18, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    my cs6 dosent have "Counours only that upp charachters

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  • Reply WEN Zhifan October 29, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Excellent! Thanks Marty!

  • Reply Maddy Adorna November 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Very nice thorough tutorial. Did a hepburn coin 😀

  • Reply dangervich December 15, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Why use a background? What if I want the coin to be very smooth?

  • Reply BANGLA TUTORIAL TV February 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    fine

  • Reply Nosi Le Gendre July 9, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    After I make a section of my image. And make a layer mask, the section isn't coming out sharp. How do it fix that"

  • Reply ML S November 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    Thank You Very Much for this tutorial! Really helped with an uni assignment!

  • Reply Scott Przywarty August 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Hello Marty. All your tutorial are superb. At 4:55, when you ask to click on blending mode options, it wants to apply it to the bottom layer, not the top. In your tutorial it looks like it is allowing you to apply to the top. I have CC.

  • Reply Subashana Menaka September 29, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Plz tell me what is the name this vedio background music..

  • Reply Jan G November 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    WaW amazing, Thanks!!! U Great Teacher !!!!!!!!!!!!! Superb

  • Reply La Casona del Krakes March 9, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Muchas gracias, saludos desde Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Me sirvió mucho el tutorial

  • Reply Michael Aso April 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    8min 34sec into the video, the inside template was added, whats the command? i'm new to photoshop thanks

  • Reply Qu33n May 1, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Can you achieve this with Gimp?

  • Reply Lakbir Alawi October 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Great!

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