June 19th, 2009

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Star Trek Caps (or other v. blue caps)

My beloved neversince asked me to do a tutorial on the coloring I used for my recent batch of Star Trek icons. Since she is fabulous and since I still have a few of the .psd files, I figured why not?

While I'm writing the tutorial specifically using Star Trek cam caps (i.e. much lower-quality than what we'll have once the movie is out on DVD or what you'd get from an HD television show), the general technique of using curves adjustment layers is applicable in many situations (it's the main way I color my icons), and settings similar to the ones in this tutorial will be especially helpful for heavily blueish-tinted caps/images.

If you're already familiar with curves adjustment layers and how they work, you can skip straight to part two. If hearing the phrase "curves adjustment layers" induces glassy-eyed terror, take a deep breath and start with part one. They confused me at first as well, but once I got the hang of them I couldn't imagine life without them.

Coloring Tutorial


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I hope that was helpful! I don't provide psd files, but if you have any questions, please feel free to ask! (I will be more likely to see/respond to comments at the post at my icon journal, but I will try to check here as well!)