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15 June 2009 @ 08:51 pm
Johnny wanna be a big star, get on stage and play the guitar.  




If any of these steps are confusing, I've included a screen cap of my layers to help clear things up. If you still have questions, please feel free to ask. (:

01. We start off by making a color fill layer. 6F503C, set to normal.
Now you duplicate your base twice, and drag it above the color fill layer. Set the first to multiply at 100%, and the second to screen at around 70%. You can change the opacity according to how dark or light your base is.
This step takes away some contrast from your base, and also adds a brownish tint to it.

02. Now I wanna brighten it up a little bit, but still keep that low-contrasted look. We'll do that with a curves layer.
Point 1: input 19, output 30
Point 2: input 144, output 166

03. The clouds have a pink tint to them, so make a new color fill layer.
180902, set to exclusion at 100%. This will make the sky bluer.

04. Next, a photo filter layer, to make the blue a little less harsh.
Use the Warming Filter (81), and 10% density.
*I'm pretty sure Photoshop 7 doesn't have a photo filter option, so you can just skip this step. It doesn't affect it that much, but being the perfectionist I am, I had to include it. (:

05. Now, a color balance to even out the coloring, and make it a little bit pinker.
Midtones: +15, 0, -10.
Shadows: -7, 0, +15.
Preserve Luminosity unchecked.

06. Now, the last of the coloring layers. I'm gonna be using Selective Color to make all of the colors really pop.
Reds: -50, +100, +100, 0
Yellows: +43, +25, 0, 0
Greens: -100, +100, +100, 0
Cyans: -45, +85, 0, 0
Magentas: -100, +100, +100, 0
Whites: +58, 0, -33, 0
Neutrals: -3, +4, +6, 0
*Some of these don't really make a difference with this particular base, but they really do with others, so I included them anyways. (:

07. Now, we're gonna move onto my absolute favorite part of icon making, using textures.
I used this texture by dustypaper.
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I set it to Lighten at 75%, and added a layer mask. Fill it completely with black, and then paint white, using a very soft round brush, over the electric pole.
Next I used this texture, also from dustypaper.
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set to screen at 100%. I used a layer mask on this one, too, making it only appear over the clouds.

08. I would say that we're finished, but I don't really like how murky it is. Remember that brown color fill layer from step 1? Go back to it, and make a Brightness/Contrast layer above it. I used the settings Brightness: +60, Contrast +25, but it all depends on your base.

My layers:
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All the bases used in this tutorial were made by innocent_lexys.

Feel free to join this community, if you liked this tutorial,
and I'd love it if you would share your results with me. (:
 
 
feeling: accomplished
listening: Gone Going; Black Eyed Peas
 
 
 
fiya!~sweetxseoul on June 16th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
i like it!
thanks :)
will try sometime when diplomas are done with
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
thank you. =)
hebssyndiicate on June 16th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
this is stunning ^_^
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
thanks so much. <33
Sabilove_kate_walsh on June 16th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
It's pretty. Gonna try it later :)
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it. (:
Helenxcyanidexsunx on June 16th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Stunning! Thanks :D
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
you're very welcome. (:
Sarah: Meryl; [Photo] I Cant Have Youbeautdisastr on June 16th, 2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
Its beautiful! ♥
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
thanks. <33
Jordan Caine: flowerjordansavas on June 16th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
this is absolutely beautiful.
here's my result

so I have one question: What texture did you use in your third example? I mean these sparkles (the lights texture). God I hope you know what I mean. I really would love to know how this texture looks. So thx for sharing.
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
thanks so much! I love your result. (:
This is the texture:
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It's by innocent_lexys
strawapple on June 16th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
I really like the results! What's the font you used in the preview image? It's cute :)
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 16th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. (:
The font is called "Love Moi" and you can get it at dafont. =)
dark_flight: Pure Alluredark_flight on June 16th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Very nice! Saving to try later - thanks!
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
very welcome. (=
Ecru ruegovthookers on June 17th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Beautiful tut ♥
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
thanks so much. :D
Niall makes me Horanyjelizarose3 on June 17th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
aww this is so pretty! i'll try it later. thanks :)
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
aw, thank you. i'm glad you like it. =)
In Letang we trustfieldofdreams on June 17th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
This is lovely!
Do you by any chance have a PSD?
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 17th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
thanks. (:
I didn't save one, but if you can stand to wait a bit I can get you one. =)
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 17th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
In Letang we trustfieldofdreams on June 17th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! This made my dad *really!*
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 17th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
aw, i'm glad to help. (:
giulia9_91giulia9_91 on June 17th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
i love it!!
thanks! <3
joni is an endangered species.: Gaspard One.joni_leeondra on June 17th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
aw, thank you.
aquaatthediscoaquaatthedisco on June 17th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
oh my gosh this is so pretty (: <3
joni is an endangered species.: Gaspard Two.joni_leeondra on June 17th, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
thank youu. (:
eleah29 on June 19th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Love, love love it. Thanks for sharing, this was really helpful for me :)
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 20th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
aw, i'm glad i could help. (:
dancej9dancedancej9dance on June 21st, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
oh man, i'm already scared to try this. but i think i might, i need that dusty paper thing first.
dancej9dance: for youdancej9dance on June 21st, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
woo first problem! i never seem to know how to start these things. do i start by opening the picture ive chosen or am i making the fill first. also, im not sure how to get that colour for the fill, how is this done?
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 21st, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
You start by opening the picture. (:
After that, you make a new color fill layer, and you can copy and paste the color (6F503C) into the little box.
dancej9dance: hedwigdancej9dance on June 22nd, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
haha i appreciate your patience already...
dancej9dance: alice cullen - meterologistdancej9dance on June 22nd, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
hehe ok, so ive been able to do most of the steps (roughly) up until adding the textures. i cant seem to find the first one on the site you listed and then i have no idea how to add a texture to the picture. i know i have those light ones, i just dont know how to add them.
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 22nd, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
Well, you don't need to find the ones that I used. You can just right click on the texture and copy it, then go to your icon and paste it there. (:
Or, you can copy it, then in photoshop go to File > New and paste it there. Then, use the move tool to drag it to your icon.
...if that makes sense. haha.
dancej9dancedancej9dance on June 22nd, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
ok, so this is what i created:
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i definitely started with a picture that was too dark, but i think it isn't too bad. i'm going to try again with something much lighter :) thanks for your help!
joni is an endangered species.joni_leeondra on June 22nd, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
you're very welcome. (:
Alicia: Sully | Harper's Islandgoodnightsong on June 26th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ohh, I like this look. Going to try it out, thanks!