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Coloring Tutorial // Michelle Yeoh

How to go from
to
using PS Elements 4.0

Hey there! I got bored, so I made this tutorial for this icon, feat. this beautiful pic of the fabulous Michelle Yeoh. This icon was made in Photoshop Elements 4.0, so it’s easily translatable to other programs and very beginner friendly, because there are just layers and one texture. So… Let’s get it started!

 

Step 1:
Prepare your base. I don’t wanna be boring, just do everything you do when you’re making an icon.. I liked the image itself and did nothing.


Step 2:
Duplicate
your base. Add a Gaussian Blur, radius 1,7px, and set this layer to Soft Light.  See the different? Just look at Michelle’s hair. It’s even more beautiful than before. I just love this simple effect. Merge your layers.

Step 3:
Duplicate
your new base and set it to Soft Light 100%.

Step 4:
Duplicate
this layer. Leave it at Soft Light 100%.

Step 5:

Make a new layer, fill it with #ffe0b3 and set it to Multiply 100%.

Step 6:

Make a new layer, fill it with #009fe4 and set it to Soft Light 100%.

Step 7:

Again, make a new layer. Fill it with #001c3a and set it to Exclusion 100%.

Step 8:
This part is a bit tricky. Go back to your Multiply layer and merge it down with the two Soft Light layers and the base. Your base should now look like this:


And your icon should look like this:

Step 9:
It’s getting easy again! Duplicate your new base, drag it to top, and set it to Soft Light 100%.

Step 10:
Pretty nice, huh? But we’re not finished yet. Merge your layers. Duplicate the new base, and set it to Multiply 50%.

Step 11:

Well, I could have stopped here, but I thought, something was missing. So I made a new layer, filled it with #1c1f48 and set it to Exclusion 100%.

Step 12:
Urgh. Looks scary, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, we’re going to fix that. Duplicate your base, drag it to top, and set it to Overlay 50%.


Step 13:

Much better. But we’re still not finished. Make a new layer, fill it with #fdaefd and set it to Color Burn 50%.

Step 14:
Looks pretty nice. But not nice enough for me (and  Michelle *g*). Duplicate your base, drag it to top, and set it to Multiply 20%.

Step 15:

Don't worry, we're almost finished. Merge your layers. Then take this (cropped to 100x100) texture by Hybrid Genesis and set it to Soft Light 100%. Erase any parts that go over Michelle's hair, face, skin and dress.

Tadaaaaa, you’re brand new icon is finished! Congrats!
 I’d love to see what you came up with!

 





 
 
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