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26 April 2006 @ 02:12 pm
Icon Tutorial  
How to go from this to or .

1. Find your image and crop it down to 100x100. Do all the necessary sharpening and auto-contrast/level/color-ing things you want to do. (I usually start out with Unsharp Mask and Auto Contrast.)

2. Take this pattern by oxoniensis and set it on top of the base to multiply at 100% opacity.

3. Duplicate your base image, drag it on top, and using the magic eraser tool, erase the background so that the pattern is visible over the base's background. Then, select the top layer's trasparency and stroke a 3px border around the outside in white or light gray and set to 50% opacity.

4. I added text before the end (don't remember why), and I have 2 variations on text. Here I just used the font Airfoil Script, wrote my text, rasterized the layer, then stroked the outside in 1px white at 50% opacity.

5. Then I created a cube pattern by creating a new 4x4 image and filling the top left square in with gray, the top right and bottom left in with black, and the bottom right in with white. Then go to edit -> define pattern and creat a new fill layer and fill it with the new pattern. Then erase all bits over the background and her shorts and set the layer to overlay at 30% opacity. (If you need more help with the grid pattern, ask. :) )

6. Create a new layer, click ctrl-a, then stroke the inside 2px in a dark burgundy/purple color (selected from the image itself or the texture, in my case).

The alternate text:
Skin is set to a lower opacity and the rest of the text is the same as above.

And voila!

Let me know what you thought of the tutorial and feel free to show me your results!
what i'm feeling:: rushedrushed
fujimoto8 on April 25th, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
need help makin the gride thing, btw nice tut!
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on April 26th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
To make the grid, create a new image (not a new layer, open a new image) of 4x4 pixels. Zoom in on the image until you can see 4 cubes. Using your brush tool set to 1px, color the top left cube in gray, the top right and bottom left in black, and the bottom right in white. Then go to Edit -> Define Pattern. Then you're gonna go back to the icon, create a new layer, and with the fill tool, fill in the part you want with the pattern.
Hope that's clear, let me know!!
fujimoto8 on April 26th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
like this?

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baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on April 26th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
precisely :)
Raederle: rae rainbowseleneheart on April 28th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Took me a while to find something to do this one with, but this is for a friend, so the words apply to something for her. Here's my result:

Once again, you do a great job of explaining things, and even though I've got Elements, you're clear enough that I can figure out how to adapt it.

baby, i'm a dreamer: Velvet Skinkeeplistening on April 28th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous!! Mmm, manflesh. :D
Glad you like the tutorial! :)
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baby, i'm a dreamer: Channingkeeplistening on April 30th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
Ummmmm, well step 1 is just a sharpen tool but it's a softer sharpen, i use it to prevent over-sharpening. you can just use a regular sharpen tool.
is there no multiply option?
the magic wand eraser tool is just the background eraser tool, but it all goes in one step instead of having to click in a few spots. so you can just use the background erase tool.

does that help any? if there isnt a multiply tool, i can describe what it does so you might know what its equivalent is...
nina79 on May 24th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to do the cube-pattern like you describe it on one of the posts above, but it doesn't work out that well for me... Is there a chance that you can make one to me, or maybe give me a link to where I can find some cube-patterns? :-)
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 24th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)
Um, so I just did it and saved it and here is what I defined as a pattern - .
Just save that and define it as a pattern.
Let me know if that helps.
nina79 on May 24th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
I have done a banner, using the pattern, now. :-) Going to post it on my journal if you want to check it out. :-)
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 24th, 2006 10:10 pm (UTC)
awesome! will absolutely check it out. glad that helped. :)
nina79 on May 24th, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
It's there now. Hope you like it! :-) Thanks for the pattern! :-D
baby, i'm a dreamer: [spn] Jared Sexykeeplistening on May 24th, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
The Greetings From London? It's lovely! Love the blend!
nina79 on May 24th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
Yep, that's the one! But I didn't do the blend, a friend made it to me. :-) I suck at making blends, but I'm learning... :-)
nina79 on May 24th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
I mean that the banner I made is in the entry called "Banner" and the LJ-cut called "Mark-banner". :-)