May 13th, 2007

Icons by Curtana

Tutorial: Making text stand out

I figured I'd make a tutorial explaining some of the techniques I use to make text stand out on my icons. All of this is assuming, of course, that you want your text to be readable - if that's not what you're aiming for, this probably won't be much help! I use Photoshop CS2, but many of these tips are applicable to any graphics program. I've tried to go from the most basic topics to the most complex. The eccentric assortment of examples I'm using are just drawn semi-randomly from a variety of icon sets I've made - it's rather image-heavy. Please let me know if you find anything confusing or have any other questions :)

The mysteries of text UNVEILED!

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Hello, I apologize for asking this, but a while back, someone posted a tutorial for making scratch textures, I believe there were even two tutorials. Unfortunately I wasn't able to memm, so if someone could please direct me to either one of those (or any tutorial for that matter) I'd be really grateful. Thank you :)



I thought this might be a help. Basically, it's a guide of some do's and dont's when making icons; some tips in there from me as well. It'll also probably help in avoiding to land yourself on the newest post on iconrants  . Though it might be old to some, it's very basic icon ettiquette.

Disclaimer: This is not the one and only way to do this. Just some suggestions on how to do some of these things. I do not know everything about icons.

erik and sookie

Mini-movie icon tutorial?

I know this has been asked a million times, but I can't seem to find any entries...

How can I create a decent mini movie icon and make it agreeable with LJ's file size limit?
If I lessen the quality too much, it just looks terrible.

I made this one, but it just seems like I can't make them very long or it's too big:

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If anyone can refer me to a tutorial or give me some tips, I'd be very grateful.

Thanks guys!

green coloring

can anyone please help me. I would like to know how to achieve this (green) coloring. if any one could direct me to a tutorial that would be lovely
The icons are by ize3 who was very kind but couldn't remember how she made them:).

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thanks so much in advance


Sorry for my silly question, but I am really having problems with finding out where the so called pen tool is. :S

I can't seem to find it anywhere...! Please help!

I use Photoshop CS2.

Any help is SO much appreciated!



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Sooooo I have PSElements 5.0. Am I completely screwed, icon making-wise? Because none of these tutorials make sense to me since I don't seem to have curves and selective coloring and such. Just curious.
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i have a quick question that i'd like to ask.
[not sure if i can ask it or not so if this doesn't belong here you can delete it]
but can anyone point me into some directions for tutorial lists and such? just big lists? this would do me so much help and i'd appreciate it a lot.

thank you so much in advance :]

btw i have PS CS2.


Okay, I just got adobe cs2 and I'm super excited and all, but heres the things as you see here, I have sydeny selected  with the  magent tool but how did just get her as a selction? I just came from pro 8, and it was so much simpler!
 and how do you copy and past a layer?!! I used adobe image ready before this, and I also I figured out how to do it on that one, but when I try on this it was totally diffrent! *steams* Help! please! on a  side note I also like to know if anyone knows any selective color tuts list? and which works best on anime icons?

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I know this place is for tutorials but I figured I'd get a better responce here.
I'm seeing these textures EVERYWHERE and I just CANNOT find them. It's really beginning to bug me.

,  bliccy(2), xxkitty_katexx (3+1)

any like those thanks :)

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Okay, i made a batch of icons using colouring based on a tutorial i saw here. Now i've been asked to write a tut but i cannot find the colouring tutorial to link to so i can credit the person who wrote the original tut!!

I've searched through 2 months worth of posts and cannot find the tutorial so i was hoping someone would have a link to it.

Here are the original images used in the tut:

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Any help will be very much appreciated!! :)
Nothing of me is orignial

Apply to every layer?

First, I have PS CS.

Now, is there a way I can apply one action to every layer? I'm making an animated avi and I don't want to have to go through every layer and sharpen and adjust the contrast. I'd like to do it once and change every layer.


Quick ImageReady Question...

Hey guys, I use Photoshop CS and was just using a beautiful tutorial by yumei_k for making animated icons. Much to my dismay, after editing all of my layers I went to transfer them into ImageReady when, rather then 4 layers or boxes in the animation spot, there was only one, the top layer. I looked through the memories but the one I found confused me. Behind the cut are print screens of my problem

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