My second tut for you all. It's simple and can be in any program i think. I have PSP9.
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Okay. I started with this photo:
I then cut it down into a 100x100 icon & got this:
Then I just sharpened it once because it was really blurry to my liking. But you dont have to if you dont see the need to.
Next I duplicated the base layer and set it to screen 100%; and i got this:
Okay, so simple enough so far. Now you are going to take this gradient:
and set it to burn 100%; and i got this:
Kind of dark, huh? So then what I did was merge all layers. Then I do the sharpen tool and sharpened just the eyes and the mouth to get this:
I did that once more over the eyes only to get more drastic look of this:
To me it still looked kind of crappy and dark so what i did was merge all layer if i needed to them pressed ctrl+shift+B. Then I set it to Brightness 11 and Contrast 10. Then which I got this:
And your done. You can do the last step again and it still looks fine to me when I did it. then just add some text or whatever and voila. I also tested using a dark blue about #353a61 then set it to exclusion around 50 and it looked really good to. Then I got this:
and once again just hit sharpen under the adjust menu.
Hope you guys liked it!
I'd love to see your icons too if you use this one. It'd be cool to see if im telling it right to you guys.