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24 April 2006 @ 09:45 pm
Bright Colouring and Contrast: Icon Tutorial  
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Using Photoshop 7. I have no knowledge of PSP, but I hear it can usually be translated across.




First tutorial, so bear with me here. You will need a relatively sound knowledge of photoshop to follow this, if anything doesn't make sense just ask and I'll attempt to clarify it for you.


Step #1:

take your cap, sharpen once and crop it to size. This should give you a relatively high quality base to work with.

Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen Image

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Step #2:

Duplicate your base twice, and set both layers to 'screen'.

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Step #3:

Create a New Adjustment layer. Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Brightness/Contrast, and set contrast to +12.

Create another New Adjustment layer. Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Hue/Saturation, and set saturation to +15.

Create a third New Adjustment Layer. Layer> New Adjustment Layer> Curves.

RGB:
I = 167 O=194
I = 102 O=115

R:
I=182 O=193
I=99 O=108

G:
I=176 O=184
I=117 O=115

B:
I=159 O=194

Set the curves layer to soft light, at 75%.

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Step #4:

Make new fill Layer with colour OE1249 (dark blue) and set to exclusion.

Create a second fill layer with colour DFF5FD (peach) and set to multiply.

Third new fill layer with colour FDEADF (pale blue) and set to colour burn.

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Step #5:

Finally, duplicate your base layer again, and drag it to the top of all your layers, now set it to soft light.



And you're done. Obviously, changes will be necessary depending on the base you are using. Good Luck, I'd love to see what you get.

These are other icons, made using a similar method:

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xx_shelly_xxxx_shelly_xx on April 24th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
+mems! <3
0uter_space on April 25th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
Random question, but what font is that in your icon?
~Berlin, Hotel Adlon. Es ist Dienstag, 22:59.~: my OTP is so much better than yoursonerva_t on April 24th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
great one, adding to memories
Kate: [Grey's Anatomy] McDreamykaters02 on April 24th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Very helpful. I can't wait to try it out. :) Thanks!
february song: Alias | Nadia | Mother's Daughterpsychme on April 24th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
Very nice! Meming this, thanks. Just one thing, I don't know if it's just my program, but I had to switch the O to 0 in the blue exclusion layer hex code and reverse the hex codes for the peach and light blue layers to do what you intended.

Emzip: Weebl & Bob: ipiebinx_349 on April 27th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
Well, that's bizarre, hex codes should all be the same from program to program. I'll have to go back and check that one out again. Thanks for the heads up.


[this is actually shapeshiftesque. Identity crisis. What can I say? :P]
lovehopeloss: keira knightleylovehopeloss on April 24th, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
wow, this looks great. + mems
PotionA: by <lj user=alcarlime>potiona on April 25th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
Very nice and definitely saving :)
Donnadreamydaydream on April 27th, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC)
Hi, I used your tutorial to make an action (I'm too lazy to do it over and over again :P) and altered it a bit.

Would you mind if I distributed this action to people? I'll OF COURSE, link this tutorial and credit you. I figure it'll help :).
shapeshiftesqueshapeshiftesque on April 27th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
'Course, go for it. I'm glad it came in useful for you. :)
Donnadreamydaydream on April 27th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks!
I LOVE the coloring.

Should I credit colourcubed or shapeshiftesque?
shapeshiftesqueshapeshiftesque on April 27th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Either is absolutely fine, and I am so psyched that you liked it enough to use like that. Gave me a grin for the afternoon.
french velvetserpentsapphire on June 30th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
i'm in love with this tut. i've made several icons and just played around w/ photos with it... but this is my fave:

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i also made a gorgeous one from a photo i took of bourbon street in april. woooondaful.
shapeshiftesqueshapeshiftesque on July 6th, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked the tut. The colouring of the lips in that icon is gorgeous. Thanks for showing me what you came up with. :)