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I made this tutorial so long ago I don't know if I ever posted and if I did I don't remember, so I offer it up again. It's very easy, and it scares me how simple it is compared to the icons I make now. Still this is one of my favorite icons however simple it may be! A friend asked me how to I made this icon so I decided to make a little tutorial. It's not really little it's pretty wordy/picture heavy because I wanted to be specific. I used Adobe Photoshop CS but it should transfer to PS7 and possibly PSP9. Enjoy!




First off we're going to start with two of my own caps from the Smallville episode "Scare"
Jason/Lana

1.
a. I started off with the image of Jason unlocking it by double clicking on it in Layers window, next it's time to crop/resize. I had to play around with the image size a few times before I got it to the size that worked which was 186 x 105, then I went to Image>Canvas Size and made the dimensions 100 x 100


B. Now time to do the same with Lana, resized it about 40%, then cropped to 100 x 100


2. Copy the image of Lana and paste it into the one of Jason, since she's looking at Jason I placed her on the far right side


3. Create a new layer, and I choose to use this brush from inexorablyhere in a gray color (#AFAFAF)


4. Since both images need to be rotated to fit each part of the brush I just free rotated them (Ctrl+T) and then merged the two images together because for me it was easier to work with the one layer of them, then to mess with two. For me the less layers I have to muddle through the better (sometimes)
Before: After:

5. Next I duplicated the merged layer of Lana & Jason, and set the blend mode to Screen That actually looks pretty good so I don't need to mess with the opcity


6. Now again duplicate the LJ layer two more times and Desaturate (Shift+Ctrl+U) both these layers set the bottom one to Soft Light and the top one to Screen


7. Create a new Layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) between the Colored Screen layer and the BW Soft Light layer, and fill it with a dark blue color I choose #013460 and set the blend mode to Exclusion


8. Yet another new Layer (Shift+Ctrl+N) between the two desaturated layers, this time I'm going to use a gradient titled "Dirt" from fadeastride. Set the blend mode to Soft Light.


9. This looks nice but I want to be a little warmer, so duplicate the gradient layer and place above the Brush Layer, leaving it on Soft Light


10. I was messing around with a Gradient of my own on a different icon and accidentally pasted it into this Icon but the effect was nice so I kept it. The gradient is beneath the Exclusion layer and set to Soft Light.


11. Next it's time to play around with the color, so create a new adjustment layer by going to Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Selective Color some people only play with one color personally I like to fiddle around.
These are the different settings I used: Reds/Whites/Neutrals


12. Now it's time to fix the border because it looks really bad.
a. I duplicated the Brush Layer placing this layer behind the original B-Layer. Next I selected just the border, then went to Select>Modify>Expand and set it to 1, colored the selection Black setting the blend mode to Soft Light.


B. Duplicate the Expanded Brush Layer and change the color to White (Ctrl+I) Now the black outline has disappeared.


C. Again duplicate the Black Brush Layer, and with the Magic Wand Tool (W) making sure that Add to Selection is the setting you are using, go to the original brush layer and click in the two open parts of the border, then inverse the selection (Shift+Ctrl+I) and delete that part of the 2nd Black Layer so you just have the outline. Leave this layer on Normal and change the Opacity to 50%. Also on the Original Brush Layer change the Opacity to 50%


d. Now on either one of the expanded brush layers Select the border and using the Blur Tool (R) with a Strength of 50% go to all the layer copies of the LJ image and blur it. Since only the border is outlined/selected/highlighted it will just blur those areas.


13. Add your text and your done, for this one I used the text "I'm frail without you" and the font is JohannSparklingITC, size 10. I also rotated the text a little.

Comments

( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
musicfreak379
Jan. 30th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like. Will save and try later...
_ligaya_
Jan. 30th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Nice tutorial! But, the links in Step 11 aren't working. v^_^0
anearlessworld
Jan. 30th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I fixed the links...don't know why they weren't working
taz34
Jan. 30th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
Love the tutorial, thank you for sharing will put in my memories to try it out later.
minayuurei
Jan. 31st, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
I love this! Thank you so much! Will go to mems and will credit. ^_^
minayuurei
Jan. 31st, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
I have just one question, what brush did you use in the picture? I can't find in it in the link you provided. Thanks..........................
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