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10 May 2007 @ 01:29 pm
[tutorial] setsuna - deepened colours  
Since I had a nice response to my last icon post (thanks guys!), which used this particular method to make the icons, I have relented and decided to share how I did this. It's a simplistic tutorial, using only gradients primarily, but it can possibly bring out some great results.

Learn how to go from this to

Using PS 7.0, with EASY level of difficulty (just textures and colour layers), definitely transferable to other programs.

01. Crop the base to the size that you want. I decided to focus on Setsuna's hand and the feathers in this case.

02. Duplicate the layer, sharpen if necessary. Then apply a Gaussian Blur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur), make the size around 2.0. Then set the layer to Overlay, 100% opacity.

03. Next, some fun with gradients! Take this pinkyellow gradient (from unknown, let me know who did this one please), and drag onto the image. Set this gradient layer to Hard Light, 50% opacity.

04. Now we'll add a light texture (from inxsomniax). Set this layer to Lighten, 66%. I also rotated this texture 180 degrees, but it can be left like this, depending on the placement of the image.

05. Next, a brown gradient (_ravenwing) is added, set this gradient to Soft Light, 100%. This gives the icon a bit of depth.

06. This blue-purple gradient (from unknown) is next, set it to Color Burn, 100%. The lines are more defined now.

07. Copy the base, and desaturate it (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate). Drag this new layer to the top of the palette, and set it to Color Burn, 70% opacity. This makes the image darker but still retain some subtleness.

08. Our last gradient is this navy blue black one (from nocturnelorelei), set it to Exclusion, 100%.

09. Finally, to soften a bit of the yellowness of the exclusion layer and to make the colours more subtle, fill a new layer with #000000 (black). Set this layer to Color, 25% opacity.

That's it! Now you can add text, borders, whatever to the icon, or just leave it as it is. I am aware that this won't necessarily work for all images though, mainly with light to mid coloured manga images, however this comes out really nicely. Just play around with the settings a bit to your liking. ^^

Comments and examples of icons you made with this tut are love.~
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Chris: Be Your Light Yoshimori [Kekkaishi]kaze_gaara on May 10th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. ^^ Easy to follow! <3
animeneko_chan: Konata-desuuuanimeneko_chan on May 10th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Ne, wheres the gradient in step 6? O_O;
Xia: veggietales » daytime dramafuyou on May 10th, 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)
*facepalm* Remind me never to make tutorials when I'm running low on this thing called sleep.

Fixed it, thanks so much for pointing that out.
animeneko_chan: Broken Wingsanimeneko_chan on May 10th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
No prob ;3 Made this :3 Played arond with the gradients though

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神見 (Jess-chan): Searchingsunfur on May 10th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, added to memories! :3
talim on May 11th, 2007 03:41 am (UTC)
Yay, thank you! Saving this for later, will definitely give it a shot. :D
devi devi: Demian Maidencutey_ne on June 4th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
I need to leave a comment here, since I just tried this tutorial yesterday.
I am very satisfied with the result.

*Points at her icon*
ラズベリーtsukishiro16 on February 23rd, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
thank you ^_^ made these

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hektic_serenity on October 3rd, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tutorial! Made this: