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It has been way too long since I've made a tutorial...

I never really bothered trying to use those polaroid brushes... so I thought I'd try and I liked the outcome :]

Going from: ------->

In Photoshop CS.

Here's our image;

1. Of course, crop your image however you like and put it onto your 100x100 canvas.

2. Duplicate your layer, and set it to soft light, 85% opacity.

3. Take this texture; (If someone could be a doll and tell me who made it, I'd appreciate it), and set it to hard light.
Now take your eraser and make the size around 26 pixels with an opacity of 29%. With that, erase around your subject to your liking.
Now change opacity to 20% and erase around the sparkles to your liking.

4. Now take this texture; (by grrliz) and set it to lighten with a 74% opacity.
Erase whatever parts that you don't like (I erased around his hair).

5. Take yet another texture; (by dearest) and set this one to soft light with 71% opacity.

6. Now make a new layer and fill it with white.
Now pull out a polaroid brush. I used a polaroid brush by ohfreckle.
Make sure that now instead of white, your color is black and place your brush where you want it to be.
Take the magic wand tool and click on the black box that most polaroid brushes have. Now delete it.
Hooray polaroids!
(I don't really think you need a picture of what this looks like, but if you do, just tell me in a comment)

7. I thought the space where the picture was looked kind of bland, so I decided to add a stroke to it. Your settings should be as followed;
Size: 2 pixel
Position: Outside
Blend Mode: Normal
Opacity: 100%
Fill type: Color
Color: #A78E9E

I just used the eyedrop tool to get a color from the image. How there's a purple-ish color in his glasses, I don't know.

8. Now that icon looks really empty... so it's time to add text!
I chose the font Problem Secretary and typed in the oh-so-obvious "o rly?".
Time for another stroke :9
This time, it needs to be 1 pixel and the color is #D8D8D8, yet another color found using the eyedrop tool.

9. To me, it still looks empty-ish, so I made a new layer, and made a 1 pixel, black border set to overlay.

And voila! In the end, I thought the image was slightly large-ish, so I re-sized the image down to 90 :/ It came out like this;

If you use this tutorial, I'd love to see what you come up with :D


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Cool tutorial! I omitted the middle texture and came up with this:

Aug. 17th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)

I like it a lot!
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)

I couldn't quite figure out the polaroid brush/magic wand part. I made the white fill layer, made my brush color black, but it made a transparent border and left the inside white. It wouldn't let me use the magic wand because it was a fill layer. (Maybe my brush didn't have the black middle) I'm new to using brushes, so I'm sure I was doing something wrong.

I just made a layer out of a jpg polaroid brush and erased the middle. :o)
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
hahah, I'm a noob to polaroid brushes.

I've always had them... but whenever I tried to use them, I didn't know how to get rid of the black part or anything. So I would paste the image over the black and just zoom in and erase...

yeah... hahah.
Aug. 17th, 2006 06:30 am (UTC)
Hey, whatever works! Sounds like something I'd do. *g*
Aug. 18th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've never known how to use those damn things :p

Here's what I got:

Aug. 18th, 2006 05:47 am (UTC)

Yours looks very nice!


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