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First tutorial!

Go easy on me, it's my first attempt at writing one of these. :-D

Go from this: to this: in PS CS2 (but it should carry over to other programs)

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Starting with this image from Google Images, I cropped it to 300x300 and then resized it. Auto-contrast to get this:

Sharpen the image, then use the blur tool with a soft, round brush at anywhere between 20 and 40% to smooth out her skin. Sharpen the eyes and lips (LIGHTLY!) with another soft, round brush set at about 25%:

Desaturate the image, then duplicate it and set to Screen. It was really bright, so I lowered the opacity to about 75%. Duplicate the base again, drag it to the top, and set it to Soft Light. Merge the Screen layer down to the base, then the Soft Light layer. You'll end up with this:

Create a new layer, then fill with #efe1c1 and set to Multiply at 100%:

Take this light texture (sorry, I don't know the maker) and set to Screen, 100%:

Take this gradient (made by crumblingwalls) and set to Color at 80%:

Duplicate that layer, then take this gradient (also by crumblingwalls) and set to Hard Light at 85%, and then duplicate it:

Duplicate your base, drag it to the top, and set it to Soft Light at 100%:

Take this texture by Tre and set to Multiply at 66%:

Now, take this brush (made by, I have been informed, 77words): and slap it on a new layer in white, then flip it horizontally (Edit --> Transform --> Flip Horizontal):

Use your rectangular marquee tool to select the area inside the frame:

Click on your first multiply layer and hit 'delete'. Repeat for all four gradient layers and the last texture by Tre. DO NOT clear your base, the soft light layer, or the light texture:

For reference, here is what my layers look like:

Now, add this brush (by 77words) in white:
to get this:

Finally, add some text (I used Passions Conflict ROB [it's commercial, sorry]) in #774293 with this gradient overlay (Layer --> Layer Style --> Gradient Overlay) (also by crumblingwalls, I think):
at these settings. Play with the gradient a little until you get the colors you like.

And we're done! The finished product:

For reference, here are my layers.

I hope you all enjoy, and I'd love to see what you come up with if you decide to use it!


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Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like it will translate to PSP (which I have) so I'm adding it to my memories and will try it out when I have some spare time.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you like it.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oooohh.... o___o Awesome!! Love the outcome! ♥

Memin' this! Thanks for sharin~
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Hooray, thank you!
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
very nice.

Both of the brush layers/layer masks were made by meleada.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info! My brushes are in desperate need of reorganization. x_x
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
I love it! I just have one question; how do you make the first brush white? I use PSP7, and I don't know how to get it work..:-/
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Weeelll... in PS, I just open the .png file, go to Edit --> Define Brush Preset and that turns it into a brush, which I then use in white. Otherwise... you got me.

Sorry. :(
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:00 pm (UTC)
You can:
1/ Invert the colors
2/ Make it a brush and use it in white. [Brushes -> Create brush from selection. It's the way it works in PSPX, dunno about earlier versions.]
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D

I went to Colors-> Negative Image, then pasted it as a new layer and set it to Lighten at 100%.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:28 pm (UTC)
Actually those brushes are by 77words. This set.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the correction.
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)

p e r f c e t

you are great!!
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
i love this. i made a beautiful icon.
i wish i had that font! can you perhaps send me the font file? ^^
Oct. 2nd, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see your result, and thanks!

Unfortunately, the font is commercial, so sending it would be illegal. You can find it on www.myfont.com, but you'll have to pay for it like I did. :-P
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
cute! but i can't find the brush. can u help me?
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
What do you mean?
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Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
where can I find the brush u used? I can't find it in that site
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
You can download the brush set here
Oct. 4th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Oct. 2nd, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
i can't get the brushes in pain shop pro, so i just have the funky colors. which is still cool. thanks!
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
It looks like the pictures have expired "/
Oct. 2nd, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, my host a splode. Got any suggestions for a better one than graffiti.net?
Oct. 2nd, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
photobucket.com and imageshack.us usually work well.
Oct. 3rd, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Really cool! =) Adding to mems.
Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
*stares* beautiful. One of the prettiest icons I've seen in a loooonnnnnng time. Meming this to try when I get my comp back online.
Oct. 6th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
Cool.Saving to mems.
Oct. 6th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome tut. Tried it with your pics and made an icon myself, looks all very good, thanks. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
awesoem tut.but do u know teh exact link of teh brushes in teh at com?
Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
No, sorry. You're just going to have to search for them.
Oct. 3rd, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
ok.thanx anways
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