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[livejournal.com profile] darlingbones requested a tutorial for this icon at the Ask the Maker meme at [livejournal.com profile] icon_talk a while back.

Going from this: Photobucket to this:
Using Photoshop Elements 6

Let me preface this by saying that sometimes, when I make an icon, I have no idea what I'm doing and just try all sorts of random stuff that looks like crap until I tweak it a bit. Sometimes I stumble across something cool looking by accident. Sometimes the process I follow is a hot mess. This icon was one of those hot messes. It was also made about a year ago, so my memory is a bit rusty and some of the steps are going to differ from what I actually did, since I basically wrote this while deconstructing the PSD. I may have gone into too much detail, but I figure more is better for those less proficient in Photoshop.

Tutorial under here )
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I was asked to write tutorials for two of the icons from my recent batch. I've been pretty busy lately, so I decided to do the simpler one first. Of course, even though it was simple to make (from my perspective), it still ended up looking more complicated when I typed up the tutorial because I wanted to explain the process and why I did what I did. Because just listing what I did and the numbers I used in each adjustment layer isn't going to help you guys when you are working with different caps. It just won't look the same. So I took the opportunity to explain how I go about coloring icons (specifically how I use levels). I use Photoshop Elements, so I don't have Selective Coloring, Curves, Channel Mixer, and lots of other bells and whistles that your find in regular Photoshop.

So here it goes...

Going from this: To this:

Using Photoshop Elements 6.

Under the cut )
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NOTE: I actually started writing this over several weeks ago, but RL stuff got in the way and I just got around to finishing this today, lol.

I was asked if I could make a tutorial on how I extend caps, but the approach I take varies depending on the nature of the cap, so I'll probably do more than one of these. I'm starting off with a simple one. Next one (when ever I get around to doing it) will be more complicated where I extend a cap that has a pattern or lines in the background. But for now....

How to go from: to:

Using Photoshop Elements 6

Under here-Warning: Image heavy )

Tutorial

Oct. 25th, 2008 01:16 am
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This was requested for an icon I entered over at [livejournal.com profile] trusteveryone. I think this is my first "real" tutorial, so my apologies if it sucks or rambles on too long.

Going from this: to this:

Using Photoshop Elements 6

The rest is under here )

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