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Andrei Marius On March - 10 - 2011

Hi there. In the following tutorial I will show how to create a very simple coin stack icon. First, you will need a simple circle and some 3D Extrude&Bevel effect to create the starting coin. Next, you will use multiple fills and strokes to improve the look of this first coin and Transform effect to multiply it.

Difficulty: Beginner
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour
Number of Steps: 8

This is what you’ll be creating:


Step 01

Create a 255 by 255px, RGB document and start with the Ellipse Tool(L). Click on your artboard, enter 70 in the width and height boxes then click OK. This will create a 70 by 70px circle. Fill it with R=255 G=222 B=23.

Step 02

Select the shape made in the precious step and go to Effect > 3D > Extrude&Bevel. Enter the data shown below, click OK then go to Object > Expand Appearance. This will create a group with two simple shapes and a clipping path. Go to the Layers panel, open it and remove the clipping path. With the group still selected hit Shift + Control + G to ungroup it.

Step 03

Now, you should have two shapes in your Layers panel. Let’s focus on the bottom one. Select it and fill it with the linear gradient shown below then add a 0,25pt stroke (R=206 G=142 B=32). The white text from the gradient image stands for Location.

Step 04

Go to Edit > Preferences > General and enter 0,5 in the Keyboard Increment box. Select the shape edited in the previous step and make two copies (Control+C > Control+F > Control+F). Select the top copy and hit the up arrow once, to move it 0,5px up. Reselect both copies and click on the Minus Front button from the Pathfinder panel. Fill the resulting shape with R=206 G=142 B=32.

Step 05

Now, let’s move to the other shape. Select it and fill it with the linear gradient shown below then add a 2pt, white, aligned to inside stroke. With the shape still selected, open the fly-out menu of the Appearance panel and click on Add New Stroke. This will add a second stroke for your shape. Select it from the Appearance panel. Make it 0.25pt wide, align it to center and set the color at R=206 G=142 B=32. Reselect the white stroke and lower its opacity to 25%.

Step 06

Select the three shapes created so far and group them (Control + G). Select this fresh group and go to Effect > Distort&Transform > Transform. Enter 15 in the Copies box and drag the Move-Vertical slider to 10px. The resulting effect should look like in the image below.

Step 07

Make two copies of the group made in the previous step. Send these copies in the back (Shift + Control + [) then move them several pixels down and lower the number of copies from the Transform effect as shown in the image below.

Step 08

Finally, let’s add a discrete shadow for each group. Focus on the middle group. Duplicate the oval shape. Remove this copy from the group, send it in the back and move it down to the base of the group. Fill it with none but add a 1pt, aligned to inside stroke (R=165 G=115 B=30). Repeat the same steps for the other two groups and you’re done.


Now your work is done. Here is how it should look like.

Categories: Icons

8 Responses

  1. suraj says:

    Really nice tutorial, I loved the colors and shades of these coins, perfect! Now trying my own 🙂 Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  2. Random Facts says:

    Nice Tutorial, Would you allow otheres to use the small version on there websites?


  3. Nana Yaw says:

    You are technically gifted.

  4. neotutorials says:

    nice post. thanks admin.

  5. Cristy says:

    Nice post. Not only the outcome is really nice but also you can do this in 2-3 minutes 😀
    See the iPhone tutorial on my blog, easy-to-do 😀

    • Marius says:

      Nice tutorial. Good final result.
      My only problem is at step #3. It might get frustrating for beginners when they read: use the Pen Tool(P) to draw the apple logo. I speak from experience. I used to hate the Pen Tool and steps like this did not bring me joy.

  6. Cool thing you have there! I want to try my own coin stock icon… I hope your procedures here are simple and easy to follow… I am not a savvy in computer operation and the like…

  7. SIP trunking says:

    A very nice and easy to follow stps you have there for coin icon making… Superb!

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