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Tutorial for PS CS2 - 'faded/soft vibrant' effect


We'll be going from to in eight steps, using PS CS2 and selective colouring.

It's not a general tutorial on colouring techniques, just a rather specific one, but (hopefully) it does give you an idea of how to achieve the 'faded' or 'soft' vibrant effect in an icon.


Tutorial #1 – Selective colouring for Photoshop CS2


We’ll be going from to this.

Please remember that results may vary, depending on what base you use.


Step 1 -
Choose your base and prepare it the way you want to (sharpen, blur etc.).



Step 2 - Copy your base and set it to screen.



Step 3 - Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer and create a Selective Colour Layer with the following settings:

Reds:
Cyan -65
Magenta 0
Yellow +65
Black +65

Yellows
Cyan 0
Magenta 0
Yellow -85
Black 0

Neutrals
Cyan 0
Magenta -32
Yellow -40
Black +7


Step 4 - Copy this layer


Step 5 - Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer and create a Selective Colour Layer with the following settings:

Reds
Cyan 0
Magenta 0
Yellow +14
Black 0

Neutrals
Cyan -11
Magenta 0
Yellow +22
Black 0

Step 6 - Copy this layer and set to soft light

Step 7 - Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer and create a Selective Colour Layer with the following settings:

Reds
Cyan -100
Magenta +100
Yellow +100
Black +59

Yellows
Cyan +74
Magenta +58
Yellow -33
Black +45

Cyans
Cyans +5
Magenta +2
Yellow +1
Black +2

Neutrals
Cyan -19
Magenta +3
Yellow +20
Black +1

Step 8 - Copy this layer and reduce opacity to 58%.



And that’s it. you're done! Hopefully you like it. Please let me know what you think! As I said, results may vary, and I’m curious to see what you came up with. And don't hesitate to ask any questions. :)

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