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22 September 2007 @ 05:39 pm
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Tutorial Two


01: First, find a nice image. I used this one of Emma Watson.

02: What I find really important in icon-making is a good crop. So play with your image a bit until you think you've got the best crop.

I cropped mine like this.

03: The image is too dark, so duplicate the base and set it to Screen 43%. I only used one screen layer, but for darker images you may need a couple more.

04: Next, duplicate the base layer again, drag it to the top, and set it to Soft Light 100%.

05: Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast. Each image is different, so you'll most likely need to use different settings, but I put in these.
Brightness: -6
Contrast: +12

06: Make a new layer and fill it with #100E2C. Set it to Exclusion 74%.

07: Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation. ONLY move the middle bar that says Saturation. I used these settings.
Master: 6
Reds: 14
Yellows: 14
Greens: 0
Cyans: 0
Blues: 0
Magentas: 0

08: Use this texture by ewanism and set it to Multiply 41%.

09: Then, I used this light texture and set it to Screen 100%. I moved it around a little until looked right and ended up with this.

10: Use this texture and set it to Multiply 26%.

11: This is optional. Pick a font, preferably a very simple one. I used Verdana 8 pt. Add whatever text you want, I just used 'daydream.' Move it around until it looks nice.

Now, make a new layer. Take the Rectangle Marquee Tool and make a rectangle around the area of the text. Fill it with #FFFFFF (white).


Examples of other icons made with this tutorial & similar settings.

- Made in Photoshop Elements 5.0
- NO selective coloring
- Should be translatable
- Feel free to friend this icon journal

Please comment if this tutorial helped & show me what you've made with it! :D
Music: 2 Step (Remix) - Unk
creamofcabbage on September 22nd, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's translatable. And it looks beautiful. :D
Kelly: Celebrity || Emma Watsonalpaca4eva on September 23rd, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! <3
Phoebe: katepurplepups on September 23rd, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
I love this tutorial cause its got no selective colouring and it looks fantasic, thanks for the tutorial. Sure to use it sometime soon
Kelly: Lovely Complex || Risaalpaca4eva on September 23rd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I can never find good tutorials without any selective coloring, so I'm glad this helped you! :D
graven_rose on September 23rd, 2007 09:19 am (UTC)
Great tut, thank heaps, it's gorgeous!
Kelly: Celebrity || Gaspard Ullielalpaca4eva on September 23rd, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch! I'm glad it helped! <3
banana: jacfunnycr8zyrcker on September 23rd, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)

can't wait to tryyy
Kelly: Harry Potter || Harryalpaca4eva on September 24th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! Please show me what you get when you do try it! :O
banana: R02 closeupfunnycr8zyrcker on October 2nd, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
this is what i got :)

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also, in one of your example icons, who's gaspard? is he an actor?
Kelly: Celebrity || Gaspard Ullielalpaca4eva on October 2nd, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Pretty! :D

Yeah, he's a French actor. Apparently a lot of people want him to play Edward Cullen in the Twilight movie. That's how I heard about him. I've never read any of the Twilight series though, I just wanted to icon him because he was cute. XD
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Kelly: ATLA || Quotealpaca4eva on September 29th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Luma C.lumah on October 2nd, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
adding to mems, so perfect *-*
Kelly: ATLA || Aangalpaca4eva on October 2nd, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you! <3
Aliceshizu9 on October 23rd, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
Cool tut! I've got this outcome:

Nellie: yay! by colorfilternelliewu on November 25th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
great tutorial! i made and following it (wanted to try it with 2 different images to see how it would look depending on the original image). + memories :D
Kellyalpaca4eva on November 26th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
I'm really happy that you liked the tutorial! Those icons are absolutely gorgeous! <3
Kate: Jessica bluenavi_glow on December 6th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Great tutorial! I love the style of the outcomes :)
Jenny (Jen Jen)lightsfadingout on May 29th, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
pretty!!!! do you have a psd by any chance?