In this tutorial Corey creates a realistic-looking coin effect using the channels palette and the lighting effects filter.



  1. Gideon Greene 19 April, 2008 at 04:28 Reply

    Hi there I just wanted to compliment you on the newest video addition you uploaded, you did a great job at creating this and commend you for the technique. I have seen this done before but a poor recreation at best. i truly enjoy your videos and i am glad that i bumped into your site by accident.

  2. Chad 19 April, 2008 at 08:57 Reply

    How about a dollar bill now? Its too hard to counterfeit coins 🙂

    This effect could be used in making etchings into photgraphed trees or mountains, you think? I’d really like to see what mount Rushmore looks like with my face instead 🙂

    Thanks for all your free lessons you’ve defiantly inspired me and many others i’m sure. I’ve become huge a planetphotoshop fan.

  3. Ray Labbe 19 April, 2008 at 15:17 Reply

    Is there a short cut to toggle between tools in the too pallet?
    let say i type “L” for lasso tool, but i want the Magnetic lasso tool is there a way to scroll down?

    Thanks Ray

  4. carine 20 April, 2008 at 02:09 Reply

    wow corey, this tutorial is great! can we make it also in PSE?
    you are a PS wizard (miss you on pse user tuts)

  5. Carl 21 April, 2008 at 20:23 Reply

    Yes! Thank you, I’ve been trying to do this properly for weeks. Didn’t think about using alpha channels. Thanks, this helped a lot.

  6. Jim 22 April, 2008 at 15:25 Reply

    This was yet another great tutorial. I was somewhat dissatisfied with the “copper coin” at the conclusion, so I tweaked the colors to get a darker, more used-looking coin. Still didn’t quite look right, so I added another layer, selected the coin to create a mask. I went into filters->render->clouds and filled the selection with clouds. I then went into blending options, and set fill opacity to 75%, and set the mode to color dodge. Suddenly I had a shiny new penny!

    I used an image of Charlize Theron as the source model, and I’ve put a copy of the finished product on my home page in case anyone wants to see my results.

  7. Kathy F. 26 April, 2008 at 15:55 Reply

    Are there any written directions for this coin tutorial? You went way too fast for me but I love the idea and want to try.

  8. João 23 June, 2009 at 10:04 Reply

    this is a very nice tutorial, but i was looking for something a little bit diferent…. do you have any tutorial where u teach how to do a coin but that golden coins like the old civilizations and like we see in the pirates movies? i really need to know how to do that for a work i have in progress… can yoou help me? thanks…

  9. mrlarry 10 February, 2010 at 07:23 Reply

    this worked amazingly well, i’m really happy with the result. i went on to use my coin to create an image reminiscent of the opening of the first pirates of the carribean-a coin being dropped into a large pile. i noticed that when i rotated the coin 180 degrees, it looked like the embossing had reversed. is there a quick way to change the lighting?

  10. Kenny 1 July, 2012 at 20:25 Reply

    Hey…..You did a bang-up job on this presentation, truely OUTSTANDING! You have given me a lot of great ideas on the desiging of my coin.


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