AMS (cosmicdancer) wrote in icon_tutorial,

  • Music:

Xavier de Rosnay tutorial

Go from to

This is my first translatable tutorial. How exciting for me! I don't really have a good way of describing this coloring, only that it has a bit of a vintage photo look, but with vibrant colors.

First off, you'll want to crop your picture of course. I am using this photo of Xavier de Rosnay from the cobra snake. (If you can't tell, I'm a complete Justice fangirl! ^^)

After cropping:

The picture I was using was rather dark, and since I'll be using multiply and burn layers later, it's fairly important to use a screen layer or two (ie, duplicate the base and put it on screen). The number of layers and opacity will, of course, vary with your base. I just used one on 100%. If your base seems to be desaturated or washed-out looking, I'd also reccommend a soft light layer.

So now it looks like this:

Next, I wanted to get a bit of a faded look, so I put on a layer of #F5EBCD on Multiply at 47%.

To make sure the red tones weren't completely overtaking the blue tones, I added a layer of #E4FDFF on Color Burn, 100%.

To add to the 'vintage' feel, I added the classic dark blue exclusion layer, which will soften out the lightest and darkest tones in the base a little. Mine is #06122A, Exclusion, 34%.

I still felt that it looked too light, though. And now the blue tones were starting to come out too much, so I added a layer of #C69C1B on Color Burn, 21%.

Now for the vibrant colors that I like so much. I originally used Selective Coloring, but I wanted to show that it can be done with Hue/Saturation! It just requires thinking about it a little differently.

My Hue/Saturation layer looks like this:
MASTER   -1        +20          0
REDS      0        +12          0
YELLOWS   0        -24         +6
GREENS    0         0           0
CYANS    -1        +16         -9
BLUES     0         0           0
MAGENTAS  0         0           0
(If you're looking for Hue/Saturation in Photoshop, it's Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue/Saturation.)

Of course, depending on your picture, you'll want to change it slightly, but the basic idea is to bring out the reds and cyans, as well as generally adding color to the base. The more saturation you add, the brighter that color will look. I like bases with color elements that stand out, like Xavier's bright blue headphones here. If you have anything like that in your base (and it's not red or cyan) you can turn up the saturation on whatever color it is to make it pop out.

So I ended up with my icon looking like this:

Other icons made with this tutorial:

  • gif coloring help

    There is obviously a blue hue to this but I can't seem to acheieve the same coloring no matter how many color balances or selective. Help?

  • Rainbow Glow Tutorial

    to This should translate to pretty much any graphics programme that has a channel mixer function. It assumes you know how to use: blend…

  • luminosity effect on photoshop?

    Hi! Can anyone recommend a colouring tutorial or some tips to achieve a colouring similitar to the one in this picture? Thanks a lot! :)

  • Post a new comment


    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded