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09 May 2006 @ 12:02 am
How to go from this to in PS7.

1. Crop your image and resize it to 78x98 and stroke the outside with 1px black. Sharpen as necessary.

2. Create a new file of 100x100 with a transparent background and paste the base image on to it. Then go back to the original of your image and undo the crops and crop a new part. In my case, I chose to get in closer to his face and resized it to 45x60 then stroked the outside like before. Then I moved it to the outside of the base image. Now, I wanted a bit of contrast from the bottom image, so I duplicated the medium image at set it to screen 100% opacity. That wasn't light enough for me, so I duplicated it again and set it to screen 100% opacity. Sharpen as necessary. To make it easier for myself and to shortne my layers pallate, I linked all the images in this group then created a set from them. (With one of the medium images selected, click on the little empty box to the left of the layer in the pallate. Once all the medium images are linked, go to the top of the pallate where you'll see a little circle with an arrow inside of it on the right side under the red 'x'. Click on it and select "New set from linked" then name the set. I named mine "medium".)
<- One screen layer
<- Two screen layers

3. Go back to the origianl, undo the crop again, then select a different area. This time I focused in on his face again, but I resized it to 33x33 then stroked the outside in 1px black. Again, I wanted contrast, so I after positioning it, I duplicated the layer and set it to screen 100% opacity only once. Sharpen as needed. Create a set from these images. (As explained in step 2.)
<- Without screen layer
<- With one screen layer

4. Go back to your origianl image once more, undo the crops, and select another part. This time I focused on his eyes and resized it to 30x15 then stroked the outside in 1px black. Now this was really dark because of the shadow, so I duplicated the image and set it to screen 100% opacity, but it still wasn't light enough. I ended up with 4 screen layers all at 100% opacity until it was light enough for me. If you have a lighter image you might not need that many. Sharpen as necessary. Create a set from these images (as explained in step 2).
<- With no screen layers
<- With 4 screen layers

5. Now, find a light texture. I chose another one by asya_17 and set it on top of all the layers, then set it to screen 70% opacity. I thought it would be cool to erase the parts over blank background so it wouldn't just be a square icon, so I selected the layer transparency on the bottom image (in the layers pallate, right click on the little image and click "select layer transparency"). Then I went to one of the medium images, right clicked, and selected "add transparency mask", which added the transparency to the selection. Then I went to the smaller one and did the same thing, and then to the smallest. By then I had most of the image selected except for the clear parts. Then I went to Select -> Inverse, which selected only the parts of the square with no picture in it. Then I clicked on the light layer and pressed delete. This should delete the parts of the light layer that are over transparent spots.

6. Now for text. I chose to write "hideaway" but I didn't want it to stand out too much. I wrote it in the font Mom's Typewriter set to bold. Then I set it to overlay at 50% opacity. I didn't think it was light enough, so I lowered the fill to 70%. But it blended a little too much, so I rasterized (right click on the layer and select "rasterize") it and stroked the outside in 1px black.

7. Now for tiny text. I used the font Boxy Lady set to all caps on size 5 set to subscript, which makes it even smaller. Then I typed in random words with random spaces. Then I rasterized the layer and sharpened it until I was satisfied with its sharpness and the spaces. I made two tiny text lines.

DON'T FORGET TO SAVE IT AS A .PNG IMAGE. Otherwise the blank spots will show up as white and it will be a square icon. When in .png format it svaes the transparencies.

And voila!

Let me know what you thought of the tutorial and feel free to show me your results! If you want links to the fonts, let me know.

This icon is up for grabs in my latest icon post.
what i'm feeling:: boredbored
on my ipod:: imogen heap - hide and seek
Lynacc_prez on May 8th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Lovely tutorial, lovely subject. *licks screen*

Meming. =)
baby, i'm a dreamer: Orlando Sadfacekeeplistening on May 8th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks! Enjoy!
Esahaeleymouse on May 8th, 2006 11:33 pm (UTC)
Memed it.. thank you! :)
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 8th, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
Enjoy! :)
Maresa: Stuart - Stuartyoudreamer on May 10th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Really different from the kind I normally make, but I was up for something new.

Thanks! Quite liked it.

baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 10th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
Glad you like it! The icon looks great!!
Maresa: Fry and Laurie - WTF?1youdreamer on May 10th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
Hmm... for some reason, the transparent part is showing up gray. I changed it to .gif, which got rid of it.

baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 10th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
doesnt look gray to me. the transparency will only hold with a .png, from what i know...
Maresa: Stuart - Happy Hereyoudreamer on May 10th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Well, I use the File >> Export >> GIF Optimizer. What I did was take a colour that was nowhere in the icon (in my case, blue) and just... well, here:

The GIF Optimizer allows you to say what colours you want to make transparent. It did the same with the PNG Optimizer, and it worked, but it's showing up gray. Weird, eh?
Maresa: Blackadder - Baldrick's Sausage Taleyoudreamer on May 10th, 2006 06:24 am (UTC)
Do'oh! It's late. I need sleep. *lol*
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 10th, 2006 06:26 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I don't know anything about the optimizer stuff...I use PS7 now. I used to use PSP but I like PS better. :)
That is odd though.
Earendilearendilgrey on May 10th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Diffrent broswers handle .png images differently. I think Netscape puts a grey background on it (or IE, don't remember which) I use Firefox and they show up transparent. .png just tends to save it a bit clearer than .gif which will sometimes dither the image.
I am Jack’s abandoned mathematical conundrum.: Aeris drunkardhoudini_splicer on May 11th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not sure about Netscape, but I know for a fact that IE puts a greyish bg on .png images.

One of the many reasons I stopped using IE :P
voressimavoressima on May 10th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
Great tut, thanks for sharing! Making multi-pic icons isn't my strong point, so I'm always happy when someone else goes through the trouble of figuring out what a good location for the several pics is, and what the sizes should be. I can mess around with layers and erasing and whatnot for hours, but when it comes to this kind of icon I seem to be lazy :p

I made one with a colored pic as base instead of a b/w one like you did, so instead of using screen and whatnot for the several pics, I messed around a bit with saturation and hue, and used a very subtle light texture. Here's what I ended up with :)

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Thanks for the inspiration :)
baby, i'm a dreamer: Wentworthkeeplistening on May 10th, 2006 12:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it! The icon looks great! Wow, the eyes.
Btw, love the icon you used, the smoke is a really cool effect.
voressima: glass of winevoressima on May 10th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I used this tutorial for it, in case you want to try too :)
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 10th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nifty, thanks!!
Raederle: ronon framesseleneheart on May 13th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Finally got some spare time to try this!! Interesting technique, like the transparent effect. (I can't quite figure out the layer mask thing, so I resorted to erasing. Might be a diff between what you've got and elements.)

Anyway, my result is the icon. :)
baby, i'm a dreamer: Orlando Brokenkeeplistening on May 13th, 2006 05:22 am (UTC)
It's nothing to actually do with masks (i dont think), it's just called that-the action just adds that layer's transparency together with the other ones so that you have all of the bits of the icon with image selected and not the bits without an image over it. then when you select the inverse, it erases whatever you had over the blank bits.

the icon looks great! that person looks very familiar.
Raederle: ronon framesseleneheart on May 13th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
He's the big guy on Stargate Atlantis.
baby, i'm a dreamerkeeplistening on May 13th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
Hm. Never seen it. Do you know the actor's name?
Raederle: submit rononseleneheart on May 13th, 2006 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh, yes. He is the very fine Jason Momoa . . .

His character is Ronon Dex.
baby, i'm a dreamer: Jensen Camerakeeplistening on May 13th, 2006 06:50 am (UTC)
AHAH! Now I know where I recognize him from - Northshore. Yes, he is quite yummy. I just love his dreads!
Sandrakarura84 on September 12th, 2006 07:38 pm (UTC)
Very nice tutorial. And it's easy to follow. Thanks a lot, I added it to memories^^
baby, i'm a dreamer: [actor] Orlando Radiantkeeplistening on September 13th, 2006 02:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!