I want to design a gold coin in Illustrator. I know how I want it to look and I can do it in Photoshop but I would also like to be able to have the bevel/embossed look in illustrator coin. I have looked everywhere for a tutorial but they are all Photoshop.. Any help would be appreciated.
It will be rather tedious work to achieve this in Illustrator. You'll have to draw each of the pieces, apply gradients, draw shadows etc. You might want to look for tutorials on drawing a medal. There are also some on drawing gold or other metals.
I wonder if you're talking about faking 3D using pixels in Photoshop or whether you're talking about using Photoshop Extended to use the 3D Répoussé tools for a real 3D Photoshop object that can be texture mapped and lit.
I'm not exactly looking for a true 3D coin. What I want to accomplish is the look like you are holding the coin straight up infront of you and can see the one side, but I want to be able to add the detail of the coin so that it looks somewhat realistic and not a flat image.
A simple but effective approach is to create a real 3D
model and render to vector output (.ai) instead of a bitmap output. Output opens in Illy just fine.
I use Carrara Studio (DAZ 3D is developer) with vector output plugin.
You get complete control and it is fast and easy.
Other 3D programs can do same.
sorry was away, could only reply now.
without spending too much time I did this in ai (in about 15 min) more time results would speak for themselves.
If you interested I can teach you how to get to this.
Another option is using the mesh gradient: I did this for a client...
as you can see the efeects you can achieve are pretty realistic. A coin won't be "too" hard to do.