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Draw a Classy 3D Poker Chip in Photoshop

In this tutorial we are going to illustrate a 3D Poker Chip in Adobe Photoshop starting from scratch. New Photoshop users should consider running through our Pen Tool guide first!

The final result

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Note: If you’re new to Photoshop consider trying out School of Photoshop or some of our other Photoshop Tutorials

Step 1: Draw a circle

Create a new 600x500px document. Using the Ellipse Shape tool (U) draw a circle. Set the shape color to a bright orange (mine is #ff660a).

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Use guides!

Guides are a useful tool provided by Photoshop. To create a guide go to View > New Guide …

Step 2: Draw a second circle

With the same process draw a concentric circle in a new layer and set its color to white.

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Then add an Inner Shadow as shown below.

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Step 3: Create the dashed ring

Create a new layer. Grab the Rectangle Path tool and create e rectangle path. Select it using the Path Selection tool, copy (Ctrl + C) and paste
(Ctrl + V), now drag the rectangle center to the circle one and rotate the path of 30° (Ctrl + T), repeat this until you obtain a twelve-pointed star, then fill
the path (Right Mouse > Fill Path …) (set the fill color to white).

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Now use the Elliptical Marquee tool to select the excess and cancel it.

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Step 4: Create the outer ring

Now we have to create the outer ring. The method is the same explained previously, using the Rounded Rectangle Shape tool (set the radius to 8px) draw the desired

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Copy and past it, then rotate the path of 60° and repeat this until you obtain the desired result.

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Step 5: Place the type

To beautify your poker chip put a simple text inside the white circle, I chose to add the word “POKER” but if you live in Las Vegas and own a casino you can
customize it :-). So choose a font type and using the Text tool add your preferred text. Then using the Free Transform tool rotate it of 60°. I also added two
3px straight line to obtain a better result.

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Step 6: Copy

Finally we completed the top of the chip! Now using the Path Selection tool select the great circle path and make selection (Right Click > Make Selection …),
then copy the entire image (Edit > Copy Merged), open a new 600x500px document and paste it.

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Step 7: Add some effects

Set the Vertical Scale to 62% (Ctrl + T) and apply the following layer styles:

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Step 8: Add the third dimension

In a new layer using the Ellipse Path tool draw an ellipse. This will be the side of our chip, grab the Pen tool and give the path the correct shape.
Now select the path with the Path Selection tool and create a vector mask (Right Click > Create Vector Mask), in this way only what you draw inside the path is
visible. Use the Paint Buket tool to set the correct foreground color, then grab the Rectangle tool and draw the three white shapes as shown below.

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Finally apply the following layer styles:

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Step 9: Create the displacement

Create a new layer and using the Ellipse Path tool draw two ellipses over the dashed ring and set their fill opacity to 0%.

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Then apply these layer styles:

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Step 10: Add a grunge texture

Create a new layer, grab the Brush tool, select a rough one, set the opacity to 20% and start painting over the image

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As usual use the Marquee Tool to delete the outer part

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when you have obtained a good result set the layer blending mode to Linear Burn and the layer opacity to 12%.

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Step 11: Add the border light

This is the final touch. In a new layer draw an ellipse path, then warp it (Edit > Transform Path > Warp) using the arc mode and set bend to -43.

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Finally apply these layer styles:

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This is the end of our tutorial. Feel free to change the color of the chip as shown below.

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Download the PSD (or source files)


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    Amazing tutorial man.thanks alot.

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 ฟรี (-2 Points) October 1, 2010 at 3:33 am

    thank you for good tutorial

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    Confused (2 Points) September 12, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Good list of tools to use and great showcase, but it’s not really a tutorial in my opinion. There are so many steps left out in between steps and you would have had to gone through similar steps previously to figure this out ( I don’t mean the pen tool part, but the sizes of certain things, etc ). I found myself going off and doing alternative methods because I couldn’t figure out how he got to some of the steps. But it got me a poker chip so I guess it’s good.

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    Soufiane (2 Points) August 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    wow , it’s really very good tut , hey bro would u mind sending ur email to me please :

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    โหลดเพลง mp3 (1 Point) June 9, 2010 at 5:09 am

    It’s easy to do. I think I can do this.

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    flazjax8 (1 Point) April 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    this is what i’m looking for,…. great tutor…

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    โหลดเพลง (1 Point) March 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

    It’s easy to do. I think I can do this.

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    Ed Mehrzad (1 Point) February 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    awesome tutorial man, just made mine, thanks so much

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    โหลดเพลงฟรี (1 Point) February 3, 2010 at 2:43 am

    great tutorial . Thanks527

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุด (1 Point) February 1, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    great tutorial . Thanks520

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    เพลงใหม่ล่าสุดเดือนนี้ (-1 Points) February 1, 2010 at 2:00 am

    great tutorial . Thanks515

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    Omar García (1 Point) January 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you so much i’ve lately wanted to get more skills on this program and this ais a wonderfull tutorial to learn pretty cool things.

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    Vegas Sino (1 Point) January 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I’ve been claiming free casino chips on casino sites but you need to be absolutely careful with the terms & conditions. Sometimes, you need to wager ten times your deposit before cashing out so just be careful!

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    Roberto (1 Point) January 4, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Fantastic tutorial! Thank you

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    could someone please explain step 4 a little clearer for me? I’m stuck on creating the rectangles..

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    avn rocky (1 Point) October 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Thanks man… Nice Tut!!
    Gud Luck – Avn Rocky

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    As a novice I find step 3 very confusing after I have made the 12 point star. Is it possible to go into more detail?


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    Andrew P. (1 Point) September 25, 2009 at 9:52 am

    wow, i didn’t know that you can do it so easy with photoshop.

    Thank you very much

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    Carolyn, after making the layer mask, press ctrl (or apple) + click the layer mask. you’ll get a selection in the shape of the mask, then choose the layer (not the mask) and paint it with paint bucket tool.
    I hope it helps :)

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    Alexis Brille (1 Point) July 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful tutorial, WOW.

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    Mario (1 Point) July 20, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I need the text p4 tutorial

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    poker (1 Point) June 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    ah this what i need may be

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    Carolyn (1 Point) May 26, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I really like this tutorial! Is there anyone that can explain step #8 a little better? I’m doing great until this step, I just don’t understand. Any input would be greatly, greatly appreciated!

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    Bernard (1 Point) April 30, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Love the tutorial but what is the proper brush to use in step 9?

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    huwaw69 (1 Point) April 29, 2009 at 3:05 am

    This is a really good tutorial, Nice technique on designing a poker chip!

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    …sorry, many of you have found this tutorial working. It can’t be done unless you can read minds. Again in step 3…
    “Now use the Elliptical Marquee tool to select the excess and cancel it.” How do you “cancel it”.? And with the 6 paths in place the ‘right click… fill path’ is grayed out. This is with PS3 on a Mac. I had to bail at these points. To bad. Could be fun to do.

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    I agree with an earlier comment about experience needed. Step 3 ‘path tools’. Would like to see where you are selecting those and ‘path selection tool’… really? where. I’m looking at this from the perspective of my students learning PS. I don’t get that info box to aid the rotation of the path. This effects later instructions as well. I’m always overshooting some steps because of skill or experience I have and get a ‘huh?’ look from the students. Great tut. otherwise. Hope you have time to tweak it a bit.

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    IzradaInternetStranica (1 Point) April 16, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    i love the RSS feed chip

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    Great tutorial… but I’m having problems with Step 9. I’ve drawn the ellipses in a new layer, set the layer fill opacity to 0%, added the gradient overlay, and I get nothing

    I notice the image says “Right Mouse > Stroke Path …”, but whenever I right click and add a stroke path, I just get a 1px crappy looking border where each of the ellipses were

    What am I missing?

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    A very well thought out tutorial, v.good indeed, keep up the great work.


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    anonym (1 Point) March 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Made my own version. Let me know what you think!
    I didnt spend much time on making a cool chip design I just wanted to make it look more realistic!

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    anonym (1 Point) March 25, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Its good but it lacks perspective. you just shrinked it vertically instead of using perspective which made it look abit wierd.

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    Love this tut. I will be using this technique for my future work! Thank you :D

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    RUGRLN (1 Point) March 21, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Wicked man, but I was hoping it would be a bit more 3D in the middle, but still v good!

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    lawrence77 (1 Point) March 20, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Very good i like the techniques used here! :)

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    As always – amazing tutorial with excellent step by step instruction. :)

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    WPDONE (1 Point) March 20, 2009 at 9:56 am

    What a great, still easy to follow, tutorial. Thanks

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    I did this tutorial from top to bottom, and the result is awesome, but I had the feeling there were missing some parts. So you need to be at least a little experienced to get to the final result.

    Here’s my result:


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    Lachelle (1 Point) March 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Nice tutorial, will definitely have to try it out.

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    Craigsnedeker (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I’ll bet I can do this in Paint Shop Pro! Great work!

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    They look great.

    Also, for some reason, I never knew about charmap! Cool! Thanks.

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    Web Buttons (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Love the technique for the highlight! I’m glad you used Photoshop for this tut. A lot of people think icons like this can only be made with Illustrator.

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    Matthew (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 11:16 am

    The end result looks great. We actually just had a poker night at the school I could have used this for. Next year :).

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    Patternhead (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Nice result. Seen similar tuts for Illustrator but not for Photoshop. Thanks

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    nycmri (1 Point) March 18, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Absolutely stellar tutorial……However….What/where is a charmap?

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    YES exactly what I needed !!! I came across 2 or 3 poker chip tutorials but they get no-matched by this one. Ty federico and david ;)

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