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CELEBRATING 100 ENTRIES! 
25th-Feb-2011 08:58 pm
sandra (LOLBIRD!)
...with some sort of weird tutorial, apparently. Well, enjoy. Or uhm... try to, anyway. ♥




S T A R R I N G
mouette_lunaire as the ICON MAKER • Matthew Macfadyen's right eye as the BASE IMAGE
and Adobe Photoshop CS3 as the GRAPHICS PROGRAM IN
JUST ANOTHER ICON TUTORIAL
STEP I: BASE GET!
RESULT
This step is very important. Without it your icon will end up looking like this and honestly, that's not exactly LIMS material.

Go grab yourself a nice screencap1. Use that Marquee Tool (M) while holding Shift (⇧) to square-shape the image into submission. My thought process here was to get as much of the eye as possible while still visibly featuring the not!face background.

Resize to 100x100 pixel. Do not under any circumstance break conformity by resizing the icon to anything but 100x100 pixel.
STEP 2: COLOR FILL - #CCFFFF - SOFT LIGHT - 60%
RESULT
[MARKETING SMILE] The best thing about Soft Light layers is that they boost brightness and tint your image in whatever colour you choose. [/MARKETING SMILE]

Witness the magnificently blue result. A ridiculous amount of blue is in fact our main goal here, so it looks like we're off to a fantastic start.

Now, keep the result in mind for the next time you participate in a 'dead bodies in water' themed challenge. For every other purpose I humbly suggest we do something about that washed-out look.
STEP 3: COLOR FILL - #FFCCCC - COLOR BURN - 50%
RESULT

Color Burn! It darkens (a lot, so easy on the opacity!) and adds contrast as well as colour to your image. Colour. There you go again! Add colour, add colour, blabla, but this pretty much looks like a brighter version of the base and gawd, couldn't you just have slapped a Curves layer or something on that?

Well. Yes. But I often prefer to start off with this, because in my opinion it messes with the contrast the least. Also the turquoise/pink combo may cancel each other out, but you can definitely use this to do some noticeable colour changes, like so:

#CCFFFF SOFT LIGHT 60% plus #FFCCCC COLOR BURN 50% equals PROFIT!
STEP 4: ADJUSTMENTS - BRIGHTNESS (+35) / CONTRAST (+20) - 100%
RESULT
Back in the Victorian era adding brightness and contrast via color layers was shunned as frivolous and frowned upon by the church. Instead the more traditional use of a Brightness/Contrast layer was common practice.

Today this tradition is still upheld as a means of making your image even brighter and contrastier (for which you'll thank me later when I break out the Lighten and Exclusion layer).
STEP 5: PATTERN FILL - GRUNGE/SCRATCH TEXTURE2 - SCREEN - 40%
RESULT
Looks very nice now and really, I don't blame you if you want to walk away now and pretend the rest of the tutorial never happened.

But personally I want to add a little something, maybe a tasteful brush and glow effect or-- Actually, better yet, let's go with a more subtle... I don't have a good name for that, errr... dirty glass look? Yes. Why not.

Scratch/grunge/noise texture of your choice is go and mind the opacity, this is just supposed to be a little something in the background, not an overpowering effect. Definitely not with a close crop like that. *shudder*
STEP 6: A RIDICULOUS AMOUNT OF BLUE
RESULT
Blue attack at last! The idea of this layer is to assimilate the background colour without mercy and make that blue eye pop. Not literally. One set of Elle Driver icons was enough.

A medium blue layer (here set to Lighten - 35%) should do the trick. I quickly made my own pseudo-gradient with the Soft Brush Tool (B) for additional variety, but you can grab just about any old blue pattern, gradient or color fill you like. It's somewhere in the vicinity of #003399 , so go work with that.
STEP 7: COLOR FILL - #330000 - EXCLUSION - 55%
RESULT
The final touch! Exclusion layers are like drugs. They make everything more cyan and all the cool kids are using them. Or at least they used to, back when I was your age.

Keep in mind that both Lighten and Exclusion layers lower your icon's contrast, so make sure to purchase a sufficient quanitity of contrast in advance.

Lastly I decided against sharpening the base layer myself, but now would probably be the time to do it. I mean, if you're into that sort of thing.
CREDIT
1 Little Dorrit screencaps HERE @ thornfield

2 Texture sadly unidentified, but hopefully credited in my RESOURCES POST

All steps/icons made by mouette_lunaire @ lunargullicons, useable with or without credit to the same.
THE END.

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