An approach was presented to fabricate wafer-scale nanoring structures based on nanopillar array templates fabricated by nanoimprint lithography. This fabrication method combined UV-curing nanolithography technology, metal deposition, and an etching process, which made it possible to tune the geometric properties of nanorings: height, diameter, and linewidth for various materials, such as Au and Ni. Nanoring arrays showed potential applications in many fields, including memory storage, biosensing, and optical devices. The optical measurement of Au nanorings (d=380 nm) showed its strong transmission resonances at the wavelength of 2.1 μm. A modified version of this fabrication method by depositing Ni in a controlled angle as a sacrificial layer was also utilized to create nanocrescent arrays. This modified method could easily tune the width of crescents through the nickel deposition angles and nanopillar template heights. The large-area gold nanocrescent arrays showed strong polarization-dependent transmission bands. Plasmonic crescent structures were expected to apply in infrared metamaterial and chemical sensing.