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

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

August 6, 2019 33 By Peter Engel


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!