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Painbow Painting Effect

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Program: Adobe Photoshop
Character: Priscilla
Series: Claymore
Difficulty: Medium

I am new to this so I would really appreciate your support and encouragement to go on. Thank you.

Hello everyone! This is my first icon tutorial!
With this tutorial I will show you the way I made the icon, not the way YOU should do it. That will depend on the base you'll use and your own preferences and style. I'll try to include all the necessary details but note that this is gonna be a long and not-so-easy tutorial. Also, the difference between one step to the other might look minimum but the truth is that all steps are necessary to be done if you want to have the desired result.

So, let's get started with the base.
I did the basics:
1. Crop
2. Sharpen

3. I filled a new layer with:
and set it to Exclusion. I changed the opacity to 50%.

4. Another layer with:
and set it to Lighten at full opacity.

5. I filled another layer with:
and set it to Exclusion at full opacity.

6. I then took a 1 pixel round brush with #624025 and brushed randomly around the lineart of the base until I got something like this:
Then I set the layer to Saturation:

7. Then in a new layer I started randomly brushing the parts of the icon I wanted to emphasise using #720239:

I set the layer to Exclusion 80%:

8. New Curve Layer
One Point with:
Input: 114 Output: 139
And another one with:
Input: 152 Output: 142

One Point with:
Input: 158 Output: 135
And another one with:
Input: 147 Output: 121

One Point with:
Input: 99 Output: 64
Input: 145 Output: 99
And a third one:
Input: 167 Output: 123

If you are bored to apply all these, then just try to get rid of some green and and then reduce the blue like this:

9. In a new layer I took a 1px round brush and with #c5d81a I doodled on the lower half of the icon.

10. I added some twitches with #00dba5

11. In a new layer I then took #ec003d and outlined Priscilla.

12. New layer. Again brushed at some parts to add more emphasis with a new layer at Saturation 50% with #c5d81a.

13. New layer.

Set to Exclusion 100%

14. Did the same with #d63167. Remember to brush at different places each time.

Set to Exclusion

15. Did the same with #41d631.

Set to Exclusion

16. Did the same with #d66f31.

Set to Exclusion

17. Did the same with #3163d6.

Set to Exclusion

18. I added some more strokes of red, green and yellow on the right of the icon.

19. I went to the layer before the exclusion ones, merged it with the others below, duplicated it and put it on the top.
I mean this layer:

I set it to Saturation and with the eraser, I got rid of the parts that were way too saturated and kept the ones that looked decent.
Like that:
From ==>

20. Lastly, more strokes of red and yellow and VOILA!

Pardon my English. I did this fast but hope there aren't lots of mistakes. If there are, then don't hesitate to tell me. If there's anything you don't understand, I am here for your questions.

Never follow strictly the instructions of the tutorials because at most times you'll get something you don't like. Try using your own methods and use tutorials as references. Again, don't expect to get the exact results with this one. That will depend on the image you'll icon and the alternations you'll do. Hope you get what I am saying.

I would love to see your icons with this tut in the future.
And remember, it's all about having fun!


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 22nd, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
Cool tutorial! Can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing it!
Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
I am really glad you like it. ^^
Nov. 22nd, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
This is really unique and pretty! Adding it to my memoires. :D
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you!
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Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
You think so? I really tried to do something different from the usual. Hope you'll get nice efects.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
T..that's absolutely amazing!! This is the first time I've ever seen icons done that way. ♥ Good job!
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:30 am (UTC)
Thank you. Truth is I was trying to refrain from using any kind of resources. Just PS tools and lots of imagination.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that is really cool! I'll definitely mem this one. Tjhanks for sharing! :D
Nov. 23rd, 2007 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you for meming. I appreciate it!
Nov. 23rd, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
this is very abstract and creative of you!
great =)
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you. =)
Nov. 23rd, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
Hey that's a pretty neat effect! Reminds me a lot of Vincent Van Gogh's art too, which I like very much. ♥ Thanks for sharing!
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
Really? Well, it wasn't intentional. ^^;
Thank you.
Nov. 23rd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
That's an awesome tut! I added it to my memories. ^_^

Here's the result I got:

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I'm quite happy with it! Thank you for sharing this. I'll be using this effect more in the future. :D
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Wah, awesome! I am really happy you found this tut useful!
Nov. 23rd, 2007 12:45 pm (UTC)
Also, a suggestion for future reference. The key of this tutorial is to have sharp edges and lots of vibrant colors. I'll just take yours as an example if you don't mind.

If you do mind, though, I'll delete it. ^^;
Nov. 23rd, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
Eep! I'll have to fix mine. lol I'm horrible at these things at first, but I'll keep practising. :D

(and you don't have to delete it, I don't mind at all. ^_^ )
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