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February 17th, 2011

Hi all.  I'm pretty new to Photoshop CS5 (I've only done some basic selective coloring, ect) and I wanted to try to make some harder icons, but when I try to use the mask tool I can't make it work.  I'm sure I'm just making some sort of basic n00b mistake but I click the top layer, click the little circle inside the square at the bottom to (presumeably) to create a mask, click the brush tool, and then I'm stuck.  Either it merely paints on my pictures or it shows no brush changes at all.  In case that doesn't make sense, the point is so that I can make icons made of two screenshots like those in this tutorial:  http://community.livejournal.com/icon_tutorial/11197506.html#cutid1  If anyone can help me at all I would really appreciate it.

ν-13 Wallpaper Tutorial

This tutorial is for making this wallpaper: (Click for original size)


I'm using Adobe Photoshop CS3 for this. But I think that aside from the coloring I used, it should be translatable since I mostly used layer blending modes (I'm not sure)

Things covered: Layer blending modes, Curves adjustment layers, High Pass filter sharpening (I'm not covering the coloring)

Since this tutorial was aimed at people who don't know much about Photoshop or are still learning, I'll try to explain the thought process behind each action and what some tools do, so excuse me if this gets too wordy (warning: it IS very wordy). So you could use some of the things I'm teaching here in other kinds of graphics too, not just wallpapers.

But even then, in order to spare people from reading such a wall of text in case they already know how things work, I'm providing some tl;dr's in the form of bolded text.


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