Let's Make This Icon:
~*I'm Using Photoshop 6 for Windows :-P*~
Step 1: Make your Base
I started with this screencap from "View From the Top"
and after cropping it, it looked like this:
It's a little dark...so now let's auto-contrast it. (Ctrl+Shift+Alt+L)
Step 2: Make the picture better
Duplicate your background twice. (Ctrl+J) Keep the default names for the layers, it'll make you understand this tutorial a little better.
Set layer 1 to Screen...100% opacity. Set Layer 2 to Soft Light 100% Opacity. It's nice and contrasty now.
Now, each of the three layers...sharpen them twice. (Filter --> Sharpen --> Sharpen)
Step 3: Color Time!
Now's where all the fun stuff comes in :) Create a New Layer on Top of Layer 2 (It'll be Layer 3) Now do a flood fill of the color #7ACCC8. It's a sort of light sea foam green. Set this layer to 100% opacity, and overlay.
Now, create another new layer on top of that (Layer 4) and do another flood fill. This time with the color #002157. It's a dark blue color. Set this layer to 100% opacity, and exclusion.
Create another new layer (Layer 5) and do yet another flood fill. This time it's a grayish color. #818181. Set this layer to 25% opacity and Overlay.
Yay! Yet ANOTHER New Layer. (Layer 6) And Yet ANOTHER Flood Fill :-D. This time, it's to sort of wash out some of the brightness and color of the icon. We're doing the color Black. Set to 25% opacity and Color.
This is the last flood fill, I promise! One more new Layer (Layer 7) and another black flood fill. This time set to 35% opacity, and Overlay. It sort of darkens the icon up a little bit.
Step 4: The bad ass text in the background effect
Create a new document. Brand new. Not the one you're using now. A Brand new one. Make the size 150x150 pixels. Now, I want you to fill the entire document with text of your choice. I happened to throw together a whole bunch of quotes that I liked. I used the font Lanie Day at 24 Pt.
When the world turns it's back on you, you turn your back on the world. You never go anywhere alone, someone is always with you, no matter what. I love you always for ever near and far
Now, rasterize this layer. Now, use the rectangular marquee tool and select the entire image. Copy the image. (Ctrl+C), Now, go back over to your icon, and past the image on a new layer. (Layer 8) Set that layer to 50% opacity, and overlay.
That's pretty...but I really don't like the text over her face...so take your eraser tool BE VERY CAREFUL and erase the text off of her face. I find it helps to enlarge the picture to do the erasing.
Step 5: Get some more depth to the picture
Create a new layer. (Layer 9) Then rotate the picture 180 degrees. (Image --> Rotate Canvas --> 180*). Now use the below brush. Set it to Normal. 100% opacity.
Your image should now look like this:
Rotate the image 180* again, and it'll be back to normal.
Step 6: Everyone's favorite...TEXT!
Use your text tool. I use "NEVER give up" as the text. The font is Arial Black. 12pt. Never is in all caps. Set this layer to 50% opacity and overlay. Then duplicate the layer. This will give your your Layers "NEVER give up" and "NEVER give up copy"
Now, make another text layer. This layer says "on your dreams". The font is Palace Script. 14 Pt. More text at 50% opacity, and duplicated. It'll give you "on your dreams" and "on your dreams copy"
Step 7: Let's add some texture
Okay, that text wasn't so painful, now was it? I thought not :-D Now we're gonna add some texture. Go down between layers 2 and 3 and create a new layer.(Layer 10) Use the below brush in black, and set it to overlay. It looks all right, but we have to erase the blackness from her face...it's just too much.
What you have, looks like this:
Now, we'll add another piece of texture. New layer, between Layer 10 and Layer 3. (Layer 11) The below brush...in black...set to overlay...erased off the face (Are you seeing a pattern yet? :-D)
It'll look like this:
We're almost there, I promise! Go back to the top. On top of "on your dreams copy" layer...create another new layer. Use the below brush. Black...50% opacity...and then erase the part that covers the hat.
Wham, Bam, THANK YOU MA'AM! You have your icon!
brush credits in the info for kryssibug_icons if i forgot to credit you,lemme know! (Cos some of the brushes I got from other tutorials!)
xposted to kryssibug_icons and icon_tutorial