Learn To Create A Vector Gold Medal In Photoshop

Hello Photoshop Plus fans, in this weeks new tutorial I’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to create a clean, crisp, gold medal vector in adobe photoshop. You can download the PSD file for free at the end of the tutorial.

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What We’ll Be Creating

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Getting Started…

Create a new document (Ctrl + N) with the dimensions 2274 x 2540 with any colored background. Select the background layer from within the layers window, then right click and go to “Layer From Background”. Doing this will unlock the background making it editable. Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to the background layer using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Now, select the “Ellipse Tool” (U) and drag out a big ellipse onto the canvas.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Label the first ellipse layer “Inside”, then create a further two more circles underneath the “Inside” layer. The two new circles should be slightly bigger towards the bottom.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Label the two new circles “Edge” and “Outer” as shown in the image above.

Adding The Styles

It doesn’t look much like a medal at the moment so lets go ahead and add some styles to what we’ve created so far. Add the following layer styles to the “Outer” layer.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Now, add the following layer styles the “Edge” layer.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

And finally, add the following layer styles to the “Inside” layer.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Adding Some Detail

Inside the medal create two new circles using the “Ellipse Tool” (U). Label the two new circle layers “Indent #1″ and “Indent #2″.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Add the following layer styles to the “Indent #1″ layer.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

You should have something like this.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Now to the “Indent #2″ layer add the following layer styles.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

The medal so far should look like this.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Completing The Medal Detail

Select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” (M) then create two rectangles which exceed over the medal. Fill (G) the rectangles with the color white #ffffff.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Select the “Free Transform Tool” (Ctrl + T) then rotate the two rectangles so there roughly about 120 degree’s.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Once rotated, blur the rectangles by about 4 pixels by going to “Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur”. Set the rectangles layer opacity to around 17% then load a selection around the “Edge” layer.

Quick Tip:

To load a selection simply click the little layer thumbnail whilst holding down the Ctrl key on the keyboard.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Inverse the selection by going to “Select > Inverse” then hit the delete key on keyboard to remove the excess from around the medal. Now select the “Type Tool” (T) and add “1st” into the middle of the medal, the text color should be #cd9701.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Add the following layer styles to the text layer.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

For this next part we’ll be using a star out of the pre-made custom shapes library. Select the “Custom Shapes Tool” (U) then select the star from the list of shapes.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Once you have selected the star, drag one onto the canvas at the bottom of the medal.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Now, duplicate the star 6 times, place 3 smaller stars on one side of the bigger star, then repeat for the other side. Once your happy with the star placement add the following layer styles to each star.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

The stars should look like this.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Repeat the steps above so you have two sets of stars, 7 at the top and 7 at the bottom.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Building The Strap Buckle’s

Select the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U) then drag out a rectangle at the top of the medal.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Were now going to warp the top of the rectangle to make it rounded in the middle. Go to “Edit > Transform > Warp” then warp the middle of the rectangle.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Now add a “Gradient Overlay” to the rectangle using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Were now going to create the loop and joints, start off by creating two circles using the “Ellipse Tool” (U).

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

After creating the two circles create another set of circles, like a donut shape.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

To the two small circles add a “Gradient Overlay” using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Add the following layer styles to the donut shaped circle.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

You should have something like this.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Above the top circle create a rounded rectangle using the “Rounded Rectangle Tool” (U), subtract the center of the rectangle so it kind of looks like a paper clip.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Duplicate the shape then shift it down a couple of pixels using the “Move Tool” (V).

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

To the duplicate rectangle add a “Color Overlay” using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Finally add a “Gradient Overlay” to the top shape using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

You should have something like this.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Creating The Straps

Select the “Pen Tool” (P) then create a rectangular shape with diagonal sides. Make sure the bottom of the rectangular shape hangs over the buckle at the bottom.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Duplicate the layer and flip it horizontally, then shift the duplicated strap over towards the right side of the buckle.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Add a “Gradient Overlay” to the left strap using the settings below.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Add the following layer styles to the right strap.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

To add a little bit of texture to the strap you could add a pattern.

Conclusion

Thanks for taking part in this tutorial, if you managed to finish this tutorial I’d love to see some of your results. Feel free to post them up on our Facebook Fan Page.

Learn To Create A Gold Medal

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  1. June 21, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Great tutorial, thanks for posting!

  2. June 23, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    cute meadl,sir.

  3. Shahid Hussain
    June 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Yes, you are so good and cool creativity in photoshop. I see your Gold Medal blog. now i want psd to html with div(css). so you are suggest me and contact my mail id. and now your next blog.

  4. June 23, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Superb Tutorial. i would definitely try this one and make a gold medal for me ;)… thank you very much for that.

  5. June 27, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Great tutorial and techniques well explained!
    Thanks for sharing…
    Bookmarked & Featured in Tutorials of the Week!!

  6. S. Bala
    June 28, 2011 at 7:17 AM

    Unbelievable tutorial it’s really great. Thank you so much…

  7. June 29, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Yes Great…… The important thing in this tuts is working with layer styles. I like this tuts…..

  8. Marvs
    July 12, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Great work rich!

  9. anand
    July 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    wow! nice tutorial, actually i created the pen drive wid the help of ur tutorial, and sir today i come to know the real magic/power of photoshop. also thanks that due to you only i learned the layers.. now i can make any type of icon. thanks a lot sir.

  10. anand
    July 12, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    i went through your website, its very nice one, i like it. specially the glass cracking from ur shoe.. awesome..

  11. John
    August 8, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    luv it. cool tut.

  12. Martin From Kenya
    August 10, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    Thats a great tutorial, thanks for sharing your skills

  13. Zefreaky
    December 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Great tuto., thx a lot!!

  14. Brian
    April 4, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Finally a good looking, easy metal reflections approach. You’re a life saver! Thanks for posting this.

  15. March 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Wow.. really great tutorial.. helped me lot..
    Thank you very very much!

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