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03 July 2014 @ 09:10 pm
This particular icon of mine has been getting some attention again lately and I wanted to just pause between my ATM fills and get it settled.



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03 July 2014 @ 03:39 am
Ask the maker filled request 1 of ?

Ask the maker fill for: anassa_anemou .

Everything is under spoiler cuts to keep from scrolling for ages. If anything isn't clear, feel free to ask questions! :D

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20 June 2014 @ 12:24 am
My first set for 20inspirations! I really struggled with this; my creativity is just gone (you can tell the further down you go, my descriptions become shorter. smh). It was rather frustrating because I feel like a lot of these are too similar to what I normally do and not 'out there' enough. But here it is, it's not like I had hoped but at least I finished it and I made some icons I really liked.
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05 May 2014 @ 04:07 am
I was planning on doing this yesterday but uh...things happened like, marathoning SW and forgetting I had PS open... ;__;

10 Star Wars icons



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12 April 2014 @ 10:15 pm
Filled requests for setentpet & sodamnreckless . Click on your usernames on the cuts below for the tutorials you requested! Feel free to ask any questions! :D




There's at least 20 layers to this so I'm posting the psd. Get it here!

This is the original cap, here. Just so you know, I had cut out the image and painted on hair on a different layer below it before I resized it. It doesn't have to be perfect as by the time it's resized it'll look fine. I just used a random hair brush that I found on deviantart I'm not sure which one as I have several sets but it's one of those that doesn't have actual hair brush but more like..uh several dots to make up the brush. This is a terrible explaination, sorry! D:

Here are the textures you will need, one - two. The third one is a texture like this, I can't find the original but I think it's a pretty universal one that I think you can find somewhere.

If anything isn't clear, just let me know!




I have searched for this cap and I can't find it. I wanna know how people find caps they used before for tutorials because rEALLY. Do you sell your soul, chant something in Latin while hula hooping to find a cap you used OR IS THAT JUST ME.
IT LOOKS LIKE THIS THO


You will need that elusive screencap that you must sell your soul to find.

You will then copy the layer twice. Cut Dean out of one and Sam out of the other (layer masks are best in case you make a mistake but do what you like).

Then move them so they look like this

Oh and the bottom color layer need to be #f1e8e0 not white.

Then take this texture and paste it beneath Sam & Dean and set to multiply at 79%.


Take this texture and copy the numbers and set to Screen.


Take this texture and make it this brownish grey and white

And paste it onto your canvas so it looks like this

Set to Multiply.

Then ctrl + alt + shift + e to merge the background layers into one and sharpen that layer to your liking.

Everything should look something like this


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the layer to Color and set saturation to +23.

Create Brightness/Contrast layer and select 'Legacy' and set both slots to 7.


THIS IS WHERE EVERYTHING GOES WRONG D: I literally have no idea what I did next and why this layer looks like this and how I did it. WTF (it's set to screen at 42% btw)

So thankfully you can kinda skip this all together and just create a new layer like Levels to lighten up the guys and create another layer and put some green in the right corner and set it to like soft light or something? That's as close as I can get it!

Moving on with that weird layer so your results may vary but it should come out really close!

You will need this texture (I think it's by midnight_road ?) set the layer to Screen at 57%. It looks like I added a noise filter to it as well.

Create a Color Balance layer and set it to color then change the settings to -5, +26, -37.


You will need this gradient map. It is set to Hard Light at 32%.

Create a new layer and take a soft brush with black and brush over these parts.

Set the layer to Soft Light at 63%.

Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the layer to Color and change saturation to +17.


Next you will need this gradient map. It's set to Multiply at 17%.

Create a new layer and paste this texture (that I have no idea where it's from) and rotate it so it's just at the bottom of the icon. Set the layer to Screen at 74%


Merge all the layers into one again and sharpen the background only to your liking. Flatten, save, and you're done!



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This is the cap we will be working with HERE. If you can find a larger more hq version than this the better because you need to cut out everything including every individual feather (I know, I died doing this as well T___T) and you NEED layer masks while doing this because we'll be needing that cut out shape at a few points in this tutorial.
So after you get that out of the way save it so when you resize it you have the original backed up somewhere for that 'just in case' scenario (like my PS crashes at the worst times so I just save every little thing at this point. lol)

Create a new layer and create a gradient background with a dark blue to the upper left corner and a even darker blue to the lower right corner. Like so,

The angle of lighting at it's brightest point will be from the upper left so keep that in mind while doing this.

Take this texture and line it up like this

Set to Screen at 60%

Copy the base gradient layer and move it up above the last layer and set to Soft Light at 36%.

'k now we're going to need that cut out now. If you have layer masks hold down ctrl and left click on the mask to create a selection. Create a new layer beneath Katniss and fill that selection with black. Then while on that layer hit ctrl + t to open up the crop thing (not sure what it's called). Then hold down the alt key and click on a corner of the black shadow and drag it a direction you want it to go (like a shadow. remember where the light is coming from!) and do this with all the corners until you get something like this

It's not perfect but it's close. Blur like you see in the image above and set the layer to Soft Light at 44%. It should look something like this when you have you Katniss layer visible


Copy the layer of Katniss and sharpen to your liking or something like this

I actually used the sharpen tool as well as smart sharpen. It really brings out the tiny details I think. My layer is set to 43% so it's not too sharp.

Create a new layer and take this dark blue #0c1826 and brush with a large soft brush on the bottom right corner. It should have a wide fade out, like it should be darkest in the bottom right corner and sort of dark in the middle of the icon at an angle (remember the light source). Set to Soft Light.

Create a new layer and take this blue #143669 to the upper left corner and with that large brush you used to the same thing again just with a light color. Set to Screen.


Create a new layer and merge everything into that layer (ctrl + alt + shift + e) the copy that layer (we'll be using it in a minute). Use a gradient map to make it black and white (gradient map the merge down into that layer). Use the noise filter to give it some noise then select that mask again and cut Katniss out. Should look like this

Then set the layer to Screen at 66%

Go back to that layer copy and add the noise filter to that as well. Then set it to Soft Light at 25%.

Create a Levels layer and change the settings to 9, 1.25, 229.


Create a Brightness/Contrast layer and set the contrast to 27.

Create a Hue/Saturation layer set the layer to Color and change the saturation to +8.


Create another Hue/Saturation layer, set to Color and change the Saturation to +43. Erase from her face and arms and then reduce the opacity under the Edit menu or (Shift + Ctrl + F). Should look like this on your layer palette.


Create a Selective Color layer, set to Color and change the settings like so,
Cyans; +100, -28, -100, +10
Blues; +100, -25, -24, -24
Magentas; -15, -46, -100, -100
Neutrals; +47, +5, -5, +18


Create a Vibrance layer, set to Color and set vibrance to +49 and saturation to +15. Erase from her face, arms and hands again but do not fade.

Flatten, save, and you're done!



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For this I'm posting the PSD because I honestly cannot find the textures I used in this as I've cleaned out my texture folders since I've made this. This icon is really easy to do and I hope you can use it for something! Let me know if you have any questions!
Get the psd here!





So we're going to use another BB image for this as I don't have the original psd. The blocking is ridiculously simple and I was kicking myself when I found out how to do it the easy way! lol I've also posted how to do this on anon_icon last year sometime so if this look familiar that's 'cause it was me! :P

First off I'm using this cap and I'm just resizing it for simplicity's sake (mine is 200x200).

When you've got your base and have done whatever it is you want to it (coloring, textures, etc.). Create a merged layer (ctrl + shift + alt + e) so what all you've done is in one layer. Copy this layer. Ctrl + t to bring up the resize tool and make it smaller than the original size something like this


Now copy that how ever many times you want and move them around til you get something like this


Then go to Filter > Other > Offset. A window will open up and you just move the sliders around til you get something that you think looks good. I leave mine on "Wrap Around" as well, you don't have to though. I sometimes use more than one layer to make it look good. It's really up to you.

Here's my result. It's not very good but you get the idea. ;3


Fin~


 
 
16 March 2014 @ 02:25 am
To make this easier to view I'm splitting the requests up into different posts.

Filled requests for growling & reebeecaa . Just click on your usernames on the cuts below for the tutorials you requested! Feel free to ask any questions! :D




First you'll need this image, cut it out with a mask on the layer (you'll need this later + it's easier to fix mistakes). I prefer to use the pen tool to cut out images but use whatever you like! Once you get your selection go to Select > Modify > Smooth and set it to 2 to round out sharp edges and hit delete to mask out the background. When I get to this stage I like to save the original cut out in the large size somewhere in case I need it again, so save it if you want to, it's not necessary though!

Create a new canvas, I work with 200x200 but you can use whatever size works for you. Fill in the first layer with #a9eb62.

Drag in your image and resize to fit the canvas in the center. It should look like this,


Now for the shadow you're going to need to select the layer mask (Ctrl + left click on the mask to load selection) then create a layer below the image and fill the selection with black. Deselect. Then ctrl + t to bring up the crop thingie (idk what it's called, sorry!) When this comes up you need to hold down alt while clicking on and holding down a corner then drag your mouse. See how it's going backwards (or forwards depending on which corner you clicked) keep doing (holding alt while clicking and moving the squares) that til it resembles a shadow. Then when you get it to where you want it to be, hit enter to exit and save it. Set this layer to soft light at 100%. Blur the edges a bit.
This is what your canvas and layers should be looking like,


Create a new layer below the shadow one and take a grunge brush or a watercolor brush (what I used) to get a texture like this,

I used a darkish green (#3d5c1b) and set it to hard light at 66%.


Your icon should be looking like this,


Now take another watercolor brush (I'm 90% sure it was a watercolor one that I used) and use the color #5fb23b. Set to Soft Light at 38%.


Update on what the layers look like,


Now we move on to adjustment layers.

First off is a gradient map, I'm not sure how else to save this so you can use it so download this psd which has the gradient you need. It's set to Soft Light at 100%.


Next is a Brightness/Contrast layer. Set the contrast to 36.

Create a Color Balance layer and put in +26, +24 and -2. TIP! A few months after making this icon I found that setting color adjustment layers like these to 'Color' makes the colors richer and more natural looking so while this isn't necessary for this particular icon the option is there if you like!

Create a Vibrance layer and set it to +40 and +5.

Current look of canvas and layers,


Now ctrl + shift + alt + e to merge(?) the current view into one layer. This was made before I discovered Smart Sharpen (it's awful, I know. we're not going to talk about it) soo uh I just Sharpened it *cringe* and set the layer to 45%. In short; sharpen how ever you normally do so the image isn't so blurry. \
Like this,


Now if you look closly above you can see how his cape, legs and boots look a bit jagged now? To fix this I think I just did the merge thing again into a new layer; used the blur tool and went along just the edges where I felt they needed smoothing out. I then set the layer to 69%.

Much better!

Create a new layer and take a grungy brush and using this color; #95b835 brush on til it looks something like this,

Then set the layer to Linear Dodge (Add) at 100%


Now take this texture (from this texture pack) and use a gradient map to make it black and white. Now flatten the layers, copy the image and paste it on to your icon canvas. Resize it til it's centered and just the innder circles of the image is visible. Now go back down to your cut out of Loki and again hold ctrl + left click to create a selection. Go back up to the texture layer and hit delete to get a cut out of Loki like this,

Oh, and erase from where the shadow is as well!

Set the layer to screen at 73%. Flatten, save, and you're done!



Fin~




I can never seem to find the caps I use soo you're on your own for this one, sorry!

This is the base layer we're starting off with

I'm pretty sure I did my usual with this, Image > auto contrast, tone and color and adjust them one by one or leave one off entirely. Since I don't have the original I can't say for certain what I did but if you do find it, make it look like it does above.

Copy the base and sharpen it (I think I used Smart Sharpen) and set the layer to 39%.

Create a new layer and ctrl + shift + alt + e and open up Topaz Clean 3 (you can find a download somewhere on here) then just hit the I Feel Lucky! button til her hair is smoothed out to where you like it. Hit ok and then erase everything but her hair.
Should look something like this now

Uh..I have no idea why her face looks brighter in this cap??? lol It should be fine! (I totally know what I'm doing here.)

Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the saturation to +17. Erase the bottom right corner where her jacket is.

Create a new layer and using this pink #e32791, brush over her jacket. Set to Soft Light.

Create a new layer and using this yellow #f7db15 brush over her hair including the strands on her face. (If you don't have a tablet this may be rather hard to do but zoom is your friend! :P) Set the layer to Soft Light at 41%.

Copy the layer you just made and set it to Multiply at 42%.

Current canvas view


Create a new layer and take this skin color #ffe5e6 and paint over her face like so,

Set to Soft Light at 45%.

Create a new layer and take this skin color #f4e8ea and paint in the lighter areas with a small brush, then use Guassian Blur to soften it up a lot so it's just barely noticeable.

Set to Soft Light at 100%.

Create a new layer and taking a light grey #6d6d6d paint over the shadows like this

Set to Soft Light. Copy the layer and leave the settings as they are.


Create a Curves layer and on RGB and change the Output to 145 and Input to 112. Change the layer Opacity to 49%.

Create a Brightness/Contrast layer and set the Contrast to 21.

Current canvas view


Create a Color Balance layer and erase the mask so it's only over her face. Leave it set to Midtones and change the settings to, -22, +6, -8. Set the layer Opacity to 54%.

Create another Color Balance layer and erase the mask from her face and jacket. In Midtones change the settings to, +2, +2, -19.

Current canvas view


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the Saturation to +14.

Next layer is a Gradient Map and since I still haven't figured out how to save just the one you need to download this psd for the GM. The bottom right corner where her jacket is, is erased. The layer is set to Soft Light at 22%.

Current canvas view


Take this color #f6e9ea and brush in the upper right hand corner and use Gaussian Blur til it's really faded outwards like this

Set to Screen at 55%.

Final layer is a Selective Color layer. Erase the mask from her jacket. In Reds only change the settings like this +13, +15, -10, -25.

Flatten, save and you're done! :D



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[Han]

Here is the original image. Go to Image then click on Auto Contrast. Then click on Auto Tone and reduce the opacity some and do the same for Auto Color. Try to keep the colors cool looking. I did it myself and I got this result

I put the rest of the psd on top of this new base image to see if it would still work and it did so as long as you get it close to that, you'll be fine!

Create a Brightness/Contrast layer. Set the brightness to 10 and contrast to 23.

Create a Hue/Saturation layer. Set the saturation to +12.

Current canvas view


Create a new layer and go over the falcon with this grey #b4b4b4.

Set the layer to Overlay.


Create a new layer and go over Han's jacket with this color #304176. Set layer to Overlay at 49%.

Create a new layer and go over his hair with this color #5c4c49. Set layer to Overlay at 74%.


Create a new layer and take this color #59455e and go over the top and bottom edges with a large soft brush til you get this

Set layer to Divide at 28%.


Create a new layer and take this yellow #cec93c and paint over this area,

Set to Multiply at 60%. Then copy this layer and set to Soft Light.


Create a new layer and take this blue #3c8ece and paint over the Falcon like this,

Set to Multiply at 41%. Copy this layer and set it to Soft Light at 46%.


Create a new layer and take this color #a58d8c and go over his hands and face. Set to Soft Light.

Create a Brightness/Contrast layer. Set brightness to 26 and contrast to 16.


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set saturation to +9.


Create a new layer and ctrl + shift + alt + e to merge the current view into one layer. Sharpen it up a bit. I use smart sharpen and my settings that I use for everything are this, Amount: 70% Radius: 0.5px Remove: Gaussian Blur. Now when you've done that hit ok. Change the layer Opacity to 52%. I never leave my layers at full opacity. I make them pretty sharp so I can reduce it easier with the opacity level. Of course if you have a better way, do it! :D

This next section is optional, if you don't like noise in icons you can skip this part!
Create a new layer and do the same merge thing as above then go to Filter > Noise > Add Noise. My settings for the noise filter are always set to this,

Change the layer opacity to 54%. Again I make it fairly noisy to easier reduce it later.


Create a new layer and take this blue #2e3962 and go over this part of the ship here

Set to Soft Light.


Create a new layer and take this blue #69b3f1 and go over the bottom edge with a large soft brush. Set layer to Hard Light at 62%.


Create a new layer and use that same blue again and paint over the left top edge with that soft brush again. Set layer to Hard Light.


Create a new layer and go over the yellow parts with a smallish soft brush with this yellow #ebeb93. Set layer to Hard Light at 55%.

Create a Levels layer and change the settings to this, 19, 1.09, 255.


Create a Vibrance layer and set vibrance to +55 and saturation to +5.


Now if you want the bright version you can stop here and slap on a black and white grungy texture and end up with something like this


Moving on to the final 5 layers!

Create a black and white Gradient Map and set the layer to color at 61%.

Create a Color Balance layer and adjust the settings like so, -29, -13, +13.


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the saturation to +48. Set the layer to Color at 60%.

Create a Brightness/Contrast layer and set the contrast to 18.

Now find a noisy black and white texture or this one I used (I can't remember who's it is or if I made it. oops D:),

Paste it on your icon and set the layer to Screen at 37%.

Flatten, save and you're done!



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So I was going to do a full tutorial until I saw how many layers there are. 37 of them. D: Um..so have the psd! ~here~ I can't find the original image either, I think it's from the latest season with Clara? :\ idk, sorry! Let me know if you have any questions!





Here's the screencap we will be using.

Crop it to whatever size you like work with. Then go to Edit and hit Auto Contrast then Auto Color then Auto Tone.


Create a new layer and fill it with this pink #e42692. Add a layer mask and make a cut out of Dany.

Alternatively, you could just cut out Dany first then create the pink layer underneath the cut out. Whatever works for you!

Create a new layer and take this pink #e5c9d9 and paint over the background mostly on the right side and lightly on the left like so,

Set the layer to Soft Light. Copy this layer.

Create a new layer and take this grey # and paint with a soft brush on the left like so,

Set the layer to Soft Light. Copy this layer.

Current canvas view


Create a new layer and merge the layers into one [ctrl + shift + alt + e] then use the crop tool [ctrl + t] to resize it. Then using the marquee tool extend the edges so the background is expanded like this,

Copy this layer and sharpen it to your liking.

Create a Hue/Saturation layer and erase the background so the mask is only covering Dany change the saturation to +32.

Create a Curves layer and in RGB set it to Output 58 and Input 54.


Create a Levels layer and erase the mask from the background so it's only covering Dany again. Change the settings to this 15 > 1.00 > 255. Set the layer Opacity to 54%.


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and erase from the background again. Change the saturation to +32.

Create a Curves layer and change the Output to 133 and Input to 118.


Create a Levels layer and erase the mask from the background. Change the settings to this, 15 > 1.00 > 255. Set the layer Opacity to 54%. (annnd this is where I realize that I had simply copied the last levels layer and felt really dumb. D:)

Create a new layer and fill it with this pink #e42692 and erase from Dany. Set the layer to Soft Light.


Take this texture and make it black and white. (I got this texture from a set. I think it's from tumblr?) Paste it onto your canvas and resize it til it fits like this

Set to Screen at 52% opacity.

Create a new layer and take this pink #d70f66 and paint in the lower left corner with a soft brush. Set the layer opacity to 75%.

Create a black and white Gradient Map and set to Pin Light at 61%.


Copy the previous layer and set the opacity to 100%.

Download this gradient map (in a psd file). It's set to Soft Light at 54%.


These textures in the next few layers I'm not 100% sure where I got them from. I think the first three are by deny1984 who posts at midnight_road . I have 0 ideas about the fourth one.

Create a new layer and take this texture and paste it into your canvas. Set the layer to Screen.

Create a new layer and take this texture and paste it into your canvas. Set the layer to Soft Light at 54%.


Create a Selective Color layer and go to blacks and in black change the setting to +25.

Create a new layer and take this texture and paste it into your canvas. Set the layer to Screen at 74%.

Create a new layer and take this texture and paste it into your canvas. Set the layer to Screen at 51%.


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the saturation to +20.

Flatten, save and you're done!



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I can't find the exact cap for this. It's from episode 7 of season 3. I think this coloring should work with that particular scene in the garden. Here's the base that I'm working with in this,


Create a new layer and take this green #213107 and paint over the visible greens in the background avoid the blue flowers or just go over it all then go back and erase from the flowers. (this obviously is much easier when you actually have the full size cap D:)

Set the layer to Linear Dodge (Add).

Create a new layer and go over the background with this dark grey #262626. Set the layer to Soft Light.

Create a new layer and take this blue #336788 and paint over the light blue areas on her dress like so (zoomed in so it's more visible)

Set to Soft Light.

Current canvas view


Create a new layer and use this color #d3a277 and paint over her hair. Set the layer to Multiply at 55%.

Create a Brightness/Contrast layer. Set the brightness to 4 and the contrast to 21.


Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set the saturation to +20.

Create a new layer and paste this texture into the canvas Set to Screen at 29%. (I have no idea what that texture is at all. I thought I hd made it but looking at it I honestly can't remember what it is.)

Copy the previous layer and set to Linear Light.


Create a Vibrance layer and set to Color (setting layers to Color really brings out the natural colors of the image and I do this all the time now). Change vibrance to +30 and saturation to +11.

Create a Hue/Saturation layer and set to Color. Erase the mask from everything except for her dress. Set the saturation to +25.


Create a Levels layer and change the settings to this, 0 > 1.08 > 255.

Create Brightness/Contrast layer and change the contrast to 28. Erase the brightest highlights like so,


Create a new layer and merge the current view into one layer [ctrl + shift + alt + e]. Sharpen to your liking. After I sharpened mine I blurred the edges of her dress collar as well.

Flatten, save and you're done!



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04 March 2014 @ 05:24 am


Soo I have about 300+ psd's saved from 2013 to now (how?? idk D:) that are not going anywhere any time soon so if there's an icon out there that you want to have a tutorial on now's the time to do it! I'm probably going to be really busy soon and I wanted to do one of these before that happens because I do yearly cleaning out of my files so get a tutorial while you can! :D

EDIT! Forgot to add, You don't have to request from an icon I've made I can do general tutorials on most PS related things as well. Ask away, I'll see what I can do!
 
 
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19 February 2014 @ 08:35 pm
Here's the results of the Star Wars battle with myself, gydas & ghanimasun !



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01 February 2014 @ 04:23 pm
I was going to just post the one icon that came out on top but I was inspired by john_scorpy to post my top 10. :D

So, in order, my top 10 according to bestof_icons are as follows...

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