June 13th, 2006

!julie/carol (julie/carol otp), julie/carol otp

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Does anyone know if there is a good way to clean up low-quality images? Like this picture -

It's small and pixelated and yucky, and I'd like to enlarge it and clean it up. Or I'd settle for just cleaning it up. But I don't know of any way to fix that pixelated look. I mean, I can blur it a little, but blurry isn't really that much better that pixelated. Any suggestions?

ETA: Forgot to mention originally, I use Photoshop CS.

Rule of thirds

My first post here :)

I can't make tutorials because I'm still learning with the help of your wonderful tuts, but I hope this can be useful for other newbies like me.

In Wikipedia there's a simple and very good explanation of what the rule of thirds is and how to use it.
I made a very very simple 100x100 square divided into thirds and highlighted the diagonals too, to use as a guide in the icon making process.

the psd is here
misc - stock [Satan baby will eat you].

Icon ideas

Hey everyone. I started this icon journal (tangeriinee) and have been posting to it, but it seems like when I'm making a new batch of icons to post, I never know what kind of effects to use.

I figured since there are so many members to this community, that some of you could direct me to your favorite tutorials (I use PS CS) to maybe give me some new ideas to work with :)
4400 + Kyle Isabelle Discovering Jordan

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This is a tutorial on the use of the multiply function with textures. I used PSP8 but it should be easily translatable to other programs.


You can find it, and other examples of icons done in this fashion, here.

- Andrea.
Avenue Q; cast {fine fine line}

Text Problem

Whenever I make text diagonal it goes all blurry, and I don't know why. It never did it on my old PSP 8 but since I got a new computer, it's always done it. It's really annoying! I've seen lots of people do their text sloping and they don't have this problem. Help?


Let me know if you want the pic put under a cut ;) Thanks in advance.

ETA: SOLVED, thanks elitenobody
young al

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I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but could anyone tell me if there's a tool that looks pretty similar to the one in this post in any version of Photoshop? Doesn't necessarily need to be the same name, but just the same looking tool and pretty much works the same way. I'd really appreciate it! I think it may be called Selective Color, but I'm not sure if it's a little different. It's not Color Balance either.

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stained glass

Gradient tutorial

I've become quite preoccupied with making gradients recently and consequently, I've been playing around with them. These two icons (from two slightly different photographs taken by myself) show subtle differences that can occur when using identical steps. Here, its the amount of blue sky that makes all the difference. This colouring technique works well with outdoor images with a silvery feel to them. The photos were taken on Skye, btw...

From this to or this to in CS2 using my own gradients and a simple curve.

Here's how


Okay I have a question that I have been thinking a lot about; why do you use "resize" and how do you use it the best way (How is the best way to see the difference from your un resized icon to the after icon)

Text Opacity

Is there a way to change the opacity of text in PSP8? I can't find an option for it - but then again, I may be blind. Sorry if this has been answered in the mems but my internet connection is really slow & it's taking forever for things to load :\

Edit - Solved! I should've figured it out myself, haha. Pretty simple!