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Make a St. Patrick's Day Themed Beverage Coaster in Photoshop

One way to promote yourself as a freelance designer outside of the usual projects is during holidays, because they always require a little something extra, like St. Patrick's Day.

This tutorial will show you how to create a St. Patrick's Day themed beverage coaster, which is perfect for restaurants, bars, or bitchin' Irish parties.

We used a couple items from 2 recent bundles for this project. Click the links below to check them out and follow along with the same goodies.

Let's get started.


What We'll Be Creating


Step 1

Open Photoshop and create a new document at 1920 x 1920 pixels and 72PPI.

Fill the background with the color #A1CD3C.

Create a white circle using the Ellipse tool (U) that is roughly 1100 x 1100 pixels, and centered in your canvas.


Step 2

Using the Pen tool (P), draw a four leaf clover and center it within the circle. Give it a St. Patrick's Day green (#448D46).

NOTE: The simplest way to do this is to find a reference image and place it in your document. Then trace it and tweak it to your liking.


Step 3

Using the font Brother from our bundle, 43 Stylish Fonts for Every Designer, type out the words "HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY 2017", with each word on a new line.


Step 4

Right click the text in the Layers panel and select "Convert to Shape" to turn your text into vector outlines.

Using the Path Selection tool (A), and with your new vector text layer select, click and drag each letter into place.

With individual letters selected, you can press CTRL + T to enter Free Transform mode and resize them to your liking. We made the H in HAPPY and the P in PATRICK'S a bit bigger than the other letters.


Step 5

Load the Inky Blunders Photoshop brushes from The Imaginative Designer's Wish List Bundle.

Create a new layer just above the background layer and fill it with the same green as the shamrock (#448D46).

Set the Opacity to 50% in the Layers panel, then give it a new Layer Mask (Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All).

Select the brush "Inky Blunders 053", which is the second to last brush in the set. Resize it to about 900 pixels, then click and drag around the Layer Mask using the color black to make the lighter green show through.


Step 6

Select the circle, shamrock, and typography layers and create a new Layer Group using the folder icon at the bottom of the Layers panel.

Add a Layer Mask to the Layer Group, then using the same Inky Blunders brush and the color black, click once on the Layer Mask.

Switch to white, and click and drag straight across the Layer Mask once or twice to fill in some of the holes and make the weathered effect less noticeable.

NOTE: If you're using an old version of Photoshop, add the Layer Mask to one of the 3 layers inside the Layer Group. Then, copy that layer mask to the other 2 layers.


Final Image

Since everything in this design is a vector shape, you can easily go in and change the colors while keeping the grunge effect intact.

You can download this template for free in our Designer Toolbox.

You can also download the coaster mockups we used at the following links:


Items Used in this Tutorial

We used a couple items from 2 recent bundles for this project. Click the links below to check them out and follow along with the same goodies.


How did you version turn out? Did you make any changes?

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