How to go from to or with Photoshop. Uses texture dropping and Color Balance, so it should be translatable.
is A and is B.
Except for one texture, both versions go the same way, so I'll only write this tutorial for A and add the extra step for B at the end.
1. The usual stuff, get your base ready! I'll be using this Miharu image today.
2. The colors are totally blah and boring, so brighten it up with a Soft Light, 100% duplicate of your base.
2. A whole lot better already, but still so very plain. Instead of covering the white background with more interesting textures, I decided to go for a gradient effect first and set this texture by bambinainnero on Overlay, 100%. It worked so well on my image because the right side has darker colors while the left is almost blank with all its white, so if you have a 'full color-image' (like my first example icon) you might have to try a real gradient instead of this texture. Just experiment a bit! :D
3. Miharu looks very cool now, but we still have the problem with the white background. So take this texture by bambinainnero again and set it to Multiply, 88%:
4. Now is a good time to add text if you want any, because it'll then be affected by the coloring from step 5; I decided to add some tiny text:
5. Nice, but as I said, we can still pump up the colors: make a Color Balance... adj. layer with these settings to give it a red tone:
Midtones: 14 -4 6
Highlights: 4 0 0
Now let a Hue/Saturation... adj. layer follow with master saturation set to 18.
6. To add a small highlight, create a new layer and draw a red dot in the middle (I used a soft brush around 40px and the color #FA5363) and set that layer to Lighten, 54%. Then make a Brightness/Contrast... adj. layer with brightness -4 and contrast 6, and that's it for A!
If you prefer B, just go back to step 3 and add this light texture (by ?) on Screen, 100% between the Multiply texture and the text layer; I also flipped it horizontally. Finished! :D
Questions? Just ask! :D
Be creative and experiment however you want, and I'd love to see your results! I'm curious what you come up with. :D
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