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[PSP7] *gasp* a tutorial?

This is my first tutorial posted here (second in general) so if anything is unclear, feel free to tell me so and I'll try to fix is up.

Learn how to create an icon such as this:
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In Paint Shop Pro 7

To start, I took THIS picture (of myself) and cropped it down so it was 100 by 100:

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Now duplicate your base 3 times. Set the first duplicate to Screen (100%), the second to Soft Light (100%) and the third one also Soft Light (100%). Merge the layers together (you will need them together for later on). Now your image should look something along the lines of this:

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Now originally I was following THIS TUTORIAL, so the next couple of steps are practically identical to the next 3 steps.

First, I added the following gradient by crumblingwallsand set it to Soft Light (35%).

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Then I added the next texture by colorfilter (and edited by boutique for the purposes of the tutorial I mentioned earlier) twice. The first one I set to Burn (100%) and the second was set to Overlay (50%).

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By now the icon should look something like this:

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Now I dunno, I don't really like how it looked there, so I took the (edited) Base and duplicated it, bringing it to the top layer. I set it to Burn (63%). Now it should look something like this:

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Still kinda icky with the bangs being really dark compared to the rest of the hair but it's ok. I merged it here for simplicity sake.

Next, I selected the one side of my face and copied and pasted it. I moved it off to the side, but it covered too much of the main part of the icon, so I moved the backimage over a bit so that the whole face was visible behind the top image.

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Going back to the top layer, I desaturated it all the way, then duplicated the layer and set it to Soft Light (100%).

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I, again, merged it here... I'm a bit merge happy. ^^;;

Next I created a new layer and selected a thin rectangle to the right of the black and white image. I filled it in with a lime green colour and set the layer to Screen and fiddled around with the opacity. (Note: try different blending techniques and opacities here for different effects. This looked best set to Dodge (100%) on another icon I made using this method).

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After this I once again merged it (will come in handy later). Then I took the border below and set it to Lighten (100%), giving the rounded edge look. (Note: DO NOT MERGE HERE)

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After that I took THIS BRUSH by 77words and painted (in white) the end of it across the middle and then move it down to the bottom. Again there were issues with it blocking some of the main icon, so I moved the background up a tiny bit so it could be seen better.

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Then, using the eraser tool, I used THIS BUSH by (I think) marx to erase the one side of the white brush used before so it looked something like this:

(what it looks like on it's own)
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(on the icon)
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Next, I added the text (*gasp*) using Batang font, size 16, colour #C0C0C0. I then rotated the text 1 degree to the Left. I then used THIS BRUSH (I don't remember who made this, if you know please tell me so I can credit) in the same colour as the font and then rotated it 90 degrees. After that, I moved it into the corner.

Merge everything together and your icons should look something along the lines of this ^^ :

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I hope this wasn't too complicated or confusing. Good luck and happy icon making! ^^


( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 14th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
nice tutorial!
just lovely.
+ mems. :)

Jan. 14th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)
lovely I'll try it tommrow morning and show you what I get from it. Thanks
*adds to mems*
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC)
hmmm I'm kinda sucky at doing icons.. :/

It's a nice tutorial though.. I'll try it again at some point.
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
You're definitely not sucky at making icons!! I think yours looks awesome! The darker tones suit it really well.
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Well thanks :) It really was a good tutorial, very creative. I made that one for my friend.
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
very nice, add to mems, thanks
Jan. 14th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
nice~ added to memories ^^
Jan. 14th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
love it!
i made this icon with your tutorial:

Jan. 14th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
:o that's absolutely gorgeous!
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
thanks...all down to you!
Jan. 14th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
This is an amazing tutorial! I made

with it.
Jan. 14th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
thank you.

lol, it took me a sec to figure out what the picture was of. It looks awesome though!
Jan. 14th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's from Battlestar Galactica. :)
Jan. 15th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Great tutorial! I used it to make this:

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Jan. 15th, 2006 12:43 am (UTC)
*squeal* I love it!
Jan. 15th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
I loveeeed that tutorial, one of the best I've tried. Which is saying something, trust me. xD

Thank you!
Jan. 15th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
*blushed* wow, I'm glad you liked it. Your icon turned out really good too. ^^
Jan. 15th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
awesome tutorial! im happy with my results:
Jan. 15th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
oo, I really like that one ^^
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