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Sliding Glow Box Effect Version 2.0

Let's make this icon:

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Tutorial type: FULL ICON TUTORIAL including The sliding glow box effect version 2.0 + more methods to tint, screen and adjust image quality for pictures (only slight differences from first tutorial).
Written for: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 & Image Ready 3
Requirements: Basic knowledge of Photoshop, Image Ready and their tools.
Prerequisites: rotncandy tutorial #01: Sliding Glow Box Effect + Building A Grungy Background
About this tutorial: This tutorial is rotncandy's second icon tutorial. It is an extended version of the first tutorial and requires a bit more work. It would be wise to complete the first tutorial if you haven't already done so because it will make this tutorial much easier to understand and follow. This is because we will follow almost all the same steps to construct this icon with a few extra steps added on. I will not be as detailed with steps in this tutorial that were previously covered in the first tutorial. This tutorial is also loaded with images to make it easy for you to follow along with. You can see the icon progress as it's happening, making it easier to follow for "visual learners." If you make a mistake it'll be easier to catch since you can see the progress. The total time spent to write this tutorial and create the images contained within it was approximately 7 hours. Feedback is appreciated and any questions are welcomed. The only stupid question is the one not asked. I will do my best to answer everything. Thanks to everyone who left feedback for my last tutorial. It was your feedback that inspired me to write another one.

STEP ONE:
Select two images


One image is gonna be static (non-moving) and the second is gonna slide down the side in the same manner that the glow box does. I usually choose a face shot to be the static image and a body shot to be the sliding image.

For this icon I've choosen the following images of Christina Ricci to work with:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Static Image

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Sliding Image

STEP TWO:
Crop images and cut them from their backgrounds


Crop the images to 100x100 using your crop tool (Image hosted by Photobucket.com)
Erase Christina from the background with your eraser tool (Image hosted by Photobucket.com) or whichever method you prefer.

IMPORTANT: You need to make sure that the image you choose for your static image takes up no more than approximatley 60% of the width of your icon. The reason for this is because we need to save room to put the sliding image in and have it show clearly. We don't want the static image to hog all the space. Next make sure the sliding image takes up no more than approximatley 40% of the width of the icon. They need to fit properly next to each other without much overlapping. This will take some playing around every time you make an icon of this style. No two pictures ever fit together perfectly. Play, play, play folks.

The cropped images:

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Next step is to put the two seperate images into one window. Click your sliding image and drag it into the static image's window. Again, you may have to play around to make them fit properly. It took me 6 different tries to get the images to the correct size and place. Having to try it over and over and over agian does not make you stupid, it makes you precise. =]

Here's where I'm at:

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Put the static image on top of the sliding one. Name the layers "Static" & "Sliding"
After you've done this you can close the other window, this is the only one we'll be working with now.

STEP THREE:
Create a background


I will assume at this point that you have already completed the first tutorial I wrote & therefore you know how to build a grungy background from scratch. If you haven't you can click here and learn how to do that. Read through steps 3.1 & 3.2 if you wish but you can ignore them & skip right to step 3.3 because we're not gonna tint the pic till the next step.

Here's the background I've built:
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Incase you are curious as to how I built that background I will show you each layer from top to bottom and the blending modes they were set at:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Linear Dodge

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Overlay

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Overlay

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Color Burn @ 77% Opacity

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Normal @ 59% Opacity

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Linear Dodge

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Linear Light @ 38% Opacity

Image hosted by Photobucket.com <--- Normal You should note that this layer is the main color layer. The color shown is #FF99FF (light pink). This will be the main color I work with for this icon.

Once you've made your background you can merge all the background layers together (DO NOT MERGE THE STATIC AND SLIDING IMAGES WITH THE BACKGROUND LAYERS) Name your background layer "BG"

You should have 3 layers now. Static, Sliding & BG

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STEP FOUR:
Adjust image quality for static image


Turn visibility on for Static & BG only.

Choose the Static layer to work with.
We're gonna tint it now.
Same procedure as we did in the first tutorial, but I'll give you a quick review minus the images to refresh your memory if you need it.

Make a new layer above the static layer. Call it "Pic Tint"
Flood fill it [EDIT >> FILL] with the color you choose as your main icon color. Mine is #FF99FF.
Change the layer blending mode to OVERLAY.
Back to the static layer. Hold down CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK it in your layers pallette to select your image.
Now inverse your selection. [SELECT >> INVERSE]
Go back to your layers pallette and click on the Pic Tint layer to work with.
Hit your DELETE button.
Press CTRL + D to deselect the area.

Here's where we're at:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Back to the static layer.
Duplicate it twice.

The first duplicated layer:
Change the blending mode. BLEND MODE = SCREEN @ 60% Opacity
Now sharpen the layer. [FILTER >> SHARPEN >> SHARPEN]

The second duplicated layer:
Desaturate it [IMAGE >> ADJUSTMENTS >> DESATURATE]
Change the blending mode. BLEND MODE = LINEAR BURN @ 80% Opacity
Now add a gaussian blur to the layer with @ a 3.0 radius. [FILTER >> BLUR >> GAUSSIAN BLUR]

DO NOT MERGE THE CHRISTINA LAYERS TOGETHER YET

So far (sliding image still has visibilty turned off):
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

STEP FIVE:
Make static image stand out from background

THIS STEP IS OPTIONAL. It depends on your personal taste.

Same routine as before we're gonna outline and screen.

Make 2 new layers. Call them "Outline" & "Screen"
Put SCREEN above the Pic Tint layer.
Put OUTLINE below the Pic Tint layer.
CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK the static layer in your layers pallette.
Choose the layer "OUTLINE" to work with from your layers pallette.
Stroke [EDIT >> STROKE] the selection with 5 px of YOUR MAIN COLOR (MINE IS #FF99FF) on the Outside
Then stroke again with 2 px of BLACK.
Choose the layer "SCREEN" to work with from your layers pallette.
Apply this brush to the layer:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
Change the blending mode of the SCREEN layer to SOFT LIGHT. Adjust opacity if needed.

Now the final step to make the image stand out from the background:
Right-click on the "OUTLINE" layer in the pallette and select BLENDING OPTIONS from the menu.
Put a check in and select "DROP SHADOW" from the menu on the left and put in the following settings:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Make sure visibilty is still off for the SLIDING layer & also turn off visibilty for the BG layer. Merge visible layers together. [SHIFT + CTRL + E]

Here's what we have so far:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

STEP SIX:
Adjust image quality for sliding image


Okay, my static image is taking up too much space on the icon so I've nudged it over 3 pixels to the left. After outling & adding a drop shadow to your image you may have come accross the same problem. Just nudge it over as many pixels as you need to.

Now depending on the size and clarity of your image, adjust the quality as you see fit.
Here's what I did for mine:

I duplicated it twice:

The original layer:
Sharpened. [FILTER >> SHARPEN >> SHARPEN]

The first duplicated layer:
Changed the blending mode. BLEND MODE = SCREEN @ 60% Opacity

The second duplicated layer:
Desaturated it [IMAGE >> ADJUSTMENTS >> DESATURATE]
Changed the blending mode. BLEND MODE = SOFT LIGHT
Added a gaussian blur with @ a 3.0 radius. [FILTER >> BLUR >> GAUSSIAN BLUR]

Turn visibility off for the static layer and the bg layer.
Merge visibile layers [SHIFT + CTRL + E]

Here's what we got:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

STEP SEVEN:
Add a border


We're gonna go with a simple 1px black border here.
Make a new layer above the Static layer. Call the new layer BORDER. Select this layer to work with.
Press CTRL + A to "select all" and stroke the area with the following settings:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
CTRL + D to deselect the area.

Here's what we have now:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

STEP EIGHT:
Add text


Do whatever you want here for text. I almost skipped this step but then decided against it. Instead I added random unreadable text at the bottom of the icon in black @ 40% opacity.

Put the text layer between the border and static layers. Merge those 2 layers and the border layer together.

Here's what we got now:

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STEP NINE:
Prepare to add effect


Turn visibilty off for all layers but the background.

Open a new window with a WIDTH of 100 pixels and a HEIGHT of 20 pixels.
Flood fill this new file with WHITE.

Now using the move tool [Image hosted by Photobucket.com], click & drag the white box we just made into our main file. Place the white box layer inbetween the Static and Sliding layers. Name the white box layer "02" and position it at the very top of the frame like so:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Close the window with the white box we made. We don't need it anymore.

Have your move tool [Image hosted by Photobucket.com] selected before begining the next steps.

Just like in the first tutorial, we're gonna duplicate the layer and nudge it down and then duplicate that layer and nudge it down, so on & so forth.

But one quick variation first. We want to make a layer with only half the box showing at the top.

Duplicate 02
Call this new layer 01
Drag it BELOW the 02 layer
Press the UP ARROW KEY 10 times to nudge the layer 01 up 10 pixels.

Okay, now the layer 01 is half visible at the top and the layer 02 is fully visible.

Now onto the regular part...

Duplicate 02 again
Call this new layer 03
Place it above the 02 layer
Press the DOWN ARROW KEY 10 times to nudge the layer 03 down 10 pixels.

Duplicate 03
Call this new layer 04
Place it above the 03 layer
Press the DOWN ARROW KEY 10 times to nudge the layer 04 down 10 pixels.

Keep doing this till you've got 11 layers in total. The eleventh layer will be only HALF visible just like the layer 01 is only half visible.
I'm showing you a picture with only the layers 01 & 11 visible so you can see exactly what I'm talking about incase you have any confusion:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

STEP TEN:
Add effect


Here's where things get very detailed and a bit on the complicated side. You must follow these directions exactly or you will screw up the effect. Pay close attention.

For the last tutorial, the white boxes (or pink for that matter) were our effect, but in this case they are only the basis for our effect. Those eleven white box layers will actually all be deleted and won't even appear in our icon! Now, if you haven't numbered the white box layers 01 - 11 yet, YOU NEED TO DO THAT NOW.

Okay, next thing to do is duplicate the sliding layer 10 times. That's right, 10 times folks. This gives us a total of 11 sliding layers. And now number them 01 - 11 just like we did with the white box layers. You may already be able to see where I'm going with this. Each white box layer has a corresponding sliding layer.

Turn on visibilty for the background layer if you wish but all other layers need to be turned OFF now.
Okay now here's where it gets crazy:

Turn on visibility for both 01 layers (white box 01 & sliding 01)
CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK on the WHITE BOX 01 layer in your layers pallette.
This selects the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now inverse your selection. [SELECT >> INVERSE]
This selects everything BUT the white box

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now select the SLIDING 01 layer from your layers pallette.
Hit your DELETE key
This deletes all parts of Christina from the selection area.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Press CTRL + D to deselect the area and now delete the WHITE BOX 01 layer.

You'll see that every part of Christina's body was deleted except for what was under the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Not too bad eh? We're gonna do this over and over again with each set of numbered layers till we reach and finish with the eleventh layer. I'll walk you through the next two just so you feel confident but then you're on your own and we'll meet up again when you've finished with the eleventh layer.

Turn visibilty off for the 01 layer. (You should only have one 01 layer left, the sliding 01 layer, because we deleted the white box 01 layer)

Turn on visibility for both 02 layers (white box 02 & sliding 02)
CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK on the WHITE BOX 02 layer in your layers pallette.
This selects the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now inverse your selection. [SELECT >> INVERSE]
This selects everything BUT the white box

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now select the SLIDING 02 layer from your layers pallette.
Hit your DELETE key
This deletes all parts of Christina from the selection area.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Press CTRL + D to deselect the area and now delete the WHITE BOX 02 layer.

You'll see that every part of Christina's body was deleted except for what was under the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Turn visibilty off for the 02 layer. (You should only have one 02 layer left, the sliding 02 layer, because we deleted the white box 02 layer. Remember, we're deleting the white boxes as we go.)

Turn on visibility for both 03 layers (white box 03 & sliding 03)
CTRL + RIGHT-CLICK on the WHITE BOX 03 layer in your layers pallette.
This selects the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now inverse your selection. [SELECT >> INVERSE]
This selects everything BUT the white box

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Now select the SLIDING 03 layer from your layers pallette.
Hit your DELETE key
This deletes all parts of Christina from the selection area.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Press CTRL + D to deselect the area and now delete the WHITE BOX 03 layer.

You'll see that every part of Christina's body was deleted except for what was under the white box.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

Keep doing this till you finish with the eleventh layer.

STEP ELEVEN:
Animate:


I'm not gonna be detailed on how to animate because I covered how to animate in Image Ready in my first tutorial. Click here if you need to be refreshed.

Make one frame for each layer, just like in the first tutorial. This gives you a total of eleven frames.
I set the delay for 0.1 seconds for each frame.
Click here to see what the eleven frames would look like, if you need.

You can stop at this step if you like. This would be your final result:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

You'd certainly want to slow it down a bit by giving each frame a longer delay if you did decide to stop at this step.
I always believe the sliding box effect looks better when tweened. And if you agree, leave the delay where it is and move on to step 12 with me.

STEP TWELVE:
Tween frames:


Again, I'm not going to be very detailed in this section because we've previously covered tweening in the first tutorial. Click here if you need to be refreshed.

So do what we did last time, tween one frame in between each of the frames at the following settings:

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Our end result is this:

Image hosted by Photobucket.com

My optimization settings were:
Image hosted by Photobucket.com
My file size came to 23.98 KB Yours may be higher or lower depending on how you cropped the images, your text variations and the exact configuration of your background.

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask!
- Shara [rotncandy]

Feedback is appreciated, so please take my poll:

Poll #481429 Feedback

Did you find this tutorial helpful?

Yes
64(98.5%)
No
1(1.5%)


Let me know if you find any errors with this tutorial and please do not reproduce, redistribute or claim as your own. I worked very hard on it and I'll be discouraged from making more tutorials if my hard work is abused.

If you're wondering if you can use the finished product (the Christina icon) of this tutorial, the answer is yes. All I ask is you credit me [rotncandy] in your icon keywords. If you take the icon and don't credit, I won't bother you in any way shape or form, I'm not a credit nazi by any means, but I will pray that you get a terrible case of scabies that lasts until your 42nd birthday. =]

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chain_home_low
Apr. 25th, 2005 09:18 am (UTC)
w00t! I'm the first to comment.

As you can see, my current icon is from your first tutorial which I found to be comprehensive, easy to follow, and all-around kickass. Now you show up with this!?!?

*clapclap* Good show, my friend. I'm very impressed and am adding to memories. I implore you to keep making tutorials if you can find the time. You are teh r0xx0r!
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
Sweet job on the icon, thanks for the props & I'm definetly gonna keep writing these. =]
(no subject) - autumn_c - Sep. 23rd, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
glitzygurl
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC)
omigod that's terrific!!!!! thanks so much for this tutorial.
i love it so much!!!
XDD
<3
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome!
regen
Apr. 25th, 2005 11:08 am (UTC)
AWESOME! I'm definitely going to save this one for later. :D
blifme
Apr. 25th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
A must to be memorised :). Too great! Thanks for sharing :).
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome & Thanks =]
yr_toxic
Apr. 25th, 2005 03:45 pm (UTC)
Wow awesome! I'm saving this <333
sweetest_potato
Apr. 25th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
You write such detailed easy to follow tutorials. It looks complicated, but I'm sure it'll be easy when I try it out when I have time at the weekend.

Thanks a lot. =D
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:39 pm (UTC)
You did the first tut so this one will be pretty much second nature once you get going on it. All the steps are pretty much the same & I get very detailed where the steps differ. =]
zimtsticker
Apr. 25th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)
I definitly have to try that out, great tutorial!
dianaapollo
Apr. 25th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Well, I finally leanr the other one, and you come out with this...fantastic!

You rock so much!!!
september_icons
Apr. 25th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous. Adding this to memories. :)
crayons15
Apr. 25th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
adding this to my memories! Will credit!
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
No credit necessary, I write these only to spread the icon/PS love. =]
dianaapollo
Apr. 25th, 2005 06:14 pm (UTC)
BTW I love you.

I
Love
You

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rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Best.comment.ever. Rockin' job on the icon. =]
lil_shroom
Apr. 25th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Great tutorial. I'll have to try this later. Added to memories
lazy_fire
Apr. 25th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
awesome!I always wanted to make an animated icon!thanks a ton!^-^*adds to memories*
maybetomorrow
Apr. 25th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
omg thanks :)

(look at my icon) thanks soo much , i really wanted to know how to make them :)

<3333
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)
you're welcome! Good job on the icon!
(no subject) - maybetomorrow - Apr. 25th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
amethyst_fluff
Apr. 25th, 2005 08:19 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to figure out how to do this for so long! You rock! Awesome tutorial. Definately will try it out later.
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks! =]
sugacandylips
Apr. 25th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
i dunno why im having a hard time understanding step 9....
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
A couple of things to check:

[01] Make sure you've completed the first tutorial as this tutorial directed. It's a prerequisite for a reason.
[02] Make sure your move tool is selected before beggining the steps in step 9. "Nudging" won't work without the move tool selected.

If you have any questions just ask. =]
the_harlequinn
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
I understand everything until step ten. I do everything as you said, but the bit of the image gets deleted too. I don't know what I'm doing. =(
rotncandy
Apr. 25th, 2005 10:53 pm (UTC)
Well parts of the image are supposed to be deleted, that's exactly what we're trying to accomplish in that step. But perhaps you mean something else and I'm not understanding. Clarify the problem for me and I'll see if I can help you fix it.
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(no subject) - rotncandy - Apr. 25th, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
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(no subject) - the_harlequinn - Apr. 28th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC) - Expand
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idiedinmydreamz
Apr. 25th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
awesome tutorial. Such a shame my photoshop hates me and I'm sooo bad wtih image ready I can't even get them all into one slide=p
trippen_turtle
Apr. 25th, 2005 11:28 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic! I can't wait to try it. I use the method from your first tutorial all the time, and get so many compliments with it! You're like so my hero *bows down* I'm adding this to memories!
rotncandy
Apr. 28th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Awww thanks so much. This means alot. =]
comewhatmay
Apr. 26th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
I LOVE YOU...Okay? Seriously...The last tutorial you made was OMG WOW...I ADORE these icons..the style and originality and OMG THANKYOU! I cannot WAIT to do this...I love your tutorials and would love for you to make more! Adding to memmories!! =D

*Uses Icon She Made With Your Tutorial.*
rotncandy
Apr. 28th, 2005 01:54 am (UTC)
LOL Thanks hun! I'll definetly be making more. My goal is to get at least one out each month. & great job on the icon BTW, it came out killer!
ihumpjosh
Apr. 26th, 2005 10:57 am (UTC)
OMG! You are my hero!

I've been wanting a tut like this for Photoshop since ... FOREVER! lol
Quite easy too. Thank you SO much for taking the time to do this.

This is my finished project. :]

♥ ♥
rotncandy
Apr. 28th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Thanks so much & you're welcome.
Your icon came out excellent. Great job!
(no subject) - ihumpjosh - Apr. 28th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC) - Expand
allegator20
Apr. 26th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Love your tutorial
I just got the program about a month ago so now I find that during all my free time im trying to play around with it. These two tutorials have been so easy to follow along since im so new at this. Thank you so much.

These are the two I have made trying it out.


Ally
rotncandy
Apr. 28th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC)
Re: Love your tutorial
Thanks for saying =]
Good job on the icons hun!
purkledragon
Apr. 27th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
this one is a memory for sure--have to play with it more...
albenna
Apr. 29th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
:)
Yes, I did it! :)) Thanks a lot for this tutorial- it is greater than the first one....I will upload the icon to check it..:)
the_world_of_me
May. 1st, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
Re:
Wonderful tutorial! *adds to memory*

This is the first time I have translated anything PS and Image ready into PSP and Animation Shop, thanks for your guidelines they helped imensley when doing this.

Here's what I made...
[img]http://img234.echo.cx/img234/1739/christine2experiment6nv.gif[/img]
rhina
May. 10th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC)
My thanks for this awesome tutorial!!

I totally made some great stuff - nice detail on the description of how to do things.
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