Nía Walnut (birb) wrote in icon_tutorial,
Nía Walnut
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Chloe tutorial

I originally made this tutorial for severalplums community (a nice icon challenge community that requires the winner and the one that get's the Mod's invitation to post a tutorial to teach the others how they made their icon) and thought that I could post it here as well.

I am using Photoshop 7,0 ME and there are Curves, Brightness and Contrast and Gradient Maps used in this tutorial.

We're going from Photobucket to Photobucket


As always, I started with cropping and choosing my base, which was the following.

Photobucket

First I wanted to brighten up the base, so I turned to my trusted Curves layer. And as always, I played around with the channels until I got a nice result.

I usually use approximately three different input & output points. I start from the middle, then move upwards and finally downwards, stopping once I find the settings that make the picture look good.

This is how I did the first Curves layer:

Photobucket

From top to bottom, the settings were as follows:

Input: 179
Output: 197

Input: 115
Output: 144

Input: 52
Output: 68

Photobucket

As you can see, it's brighter now.

Then, I decided that it needs to get just a bit darker, so in came another Curves layer.

And here it is:

Photobucket

From top to bottom, the settings were as follows:

Input: 200
Output: 199

Input: 123
Output: 109

Input: 58
Output: 52

Photobucket

Yeah, a bit darker, just as I wanted it to be. And because I was happy with my icon being black and white (for now, anyway...) I decided to leave the other channels untouched and moved on.

There was some empty space in the left side of the icon that I wanted to fill with something, so it was time to turn to textures. I chose a nice light texture from haudvafra

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and pasted it on top of the other layers, then set that layer to Screen, leaving the opacity untouched, and removed some of the texture from where it covered Chloe's dress and skin.

Photobucket

Looks nice, doesn't it? :D

But I still thought that it needed a bit more colour and darkness, so I duplicated the texture, changed it to Soft Light and lowered the opacity to 30%.

Photobucket

Well, no matter how nice it was to have a touch of colour in the icon, I wanted to return to black and white. So, I chose and black and white Gradient Map and left the layer untouched, thus getting this:

Photobucket

Next, I wanted to add some grayness to the icon, so I went to find this nice gray texture from xswansiconsx

Photobucket

and pasted it on top of the other layers, setting it to Multiply and leaving the opacity as it was.

Photobucket

Nice, but maybe it should be a bit lighter, I thought, so I duplicated the layer, changed it to Soft Light and brought the opacity to 33%.

Photobucket

Then, in order to make it a bit lighter still but also a bit more vibrant, I duplicated the base, brought it on top of the other layers and changed it to Soft Light, with opacity at 30%.

Photobucket

And, with me being me, I suddenly decided I didn't want the icon to be black and white anymore. So I chose this nice vintage paper texture from Mullally

Photobucket

and pasted it on top of the other layers, set it to Multiply and brought the opacity down to 31% to give the icon some colour.

Photobucket

Looks quite good, doesn't it? :D

Then I duplicated the texture and flipped it vertically to darken the colour a bit as well as to create a kind of... frame for Chloe. Like this:

Photobucket

Next I duplicated both of those texture layers and set them to Soft Light with the opacity of 6% to darken the colour just a bit more.

Photobucket & Photobucket

And then it was time for yet another black and white Gradient Map. This time I set the layer to Soft Light and brought the opacity down to 50% because I have learned that doing this makes the icon's colours brighter without losing the actual colour. (Then I erased it from Chloe's eyes because they had become a bit too dark, but that's an optional step.)

Photobucket

And because brighter with some more contrast is always better, I used the Brightness/Contrast layer with these settings:

Brightness: +5
Contrast: +8

Photobucket

To finish the coloring I then selected the whole icon (Select - All & Edit - Copy Merged) and pasted this new layer on top of the other layers, then blurred it using Gaussian Blur (radius 3,0), then desaturated it and set it to Soft light with the opacity at 30%. It makes the icon a tiny bit darker and more shiny.

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Lastly, I wanted to add some text to the left side of the icon because it seemed to demand it. So I wrote 'moment in time' using the colour #A39073 I had picked from the icon. The font I used is called Maiandra GD, size 8 pt. I then duplicated both text layers and, leaving them at Normal, lowered the opacity to 50%.

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And the icon is now finished. :D


If something still remains unclear to you or you want to ask me something about the tutorial, feel free to do so and I'll answer the best I can. Also, if you decide to try it out I'd like to see your result.

And if you want to see my other tutorials, the can be found at mel_graphics.
Tags: colouring: adding colour to b&w images, colouring: curves, program: photoshop, tutorial: colouring
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