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04 February 2008 @ 07:20 pm
inquisitory ✭ 27; once she smiles  
Finally finished the backlog of tutorial requests, whew *__* This one's for alvanista <4

Go from to in Photoshop. Uses Color Balance and Radial Blur, so it should be translatable~

Just so you know, this tutorial is almost exactly the same as this one – but Ryin requested it, so how could I refuse? ♥

Why is Haruhi art so pretty *A* Er, I cropped it like this~

So pretty, but a tad dull~ so go with a duplicate on Overlay, 100%! /o/

Fill layer time, yay!

#001A98, Exclusion, 100% duplicated once (so there are two exclusion layers) gives you this
#F6E9CF, Multiply, 100% gives you:

which is very ewwwww-worthy :') Overlay, 100% once again should fix it up!

See how that brought out the colour compared to the first Overlay duplicate? Gosh, I love fill layers %D Anyhoo, make a Color Balance... adjustment layer with the following settings:

Midtones: -40, 0, +40
Highlights: +60, 0, 0

Much better! But duplicate that Multiply layer from earlier and drag it to the top so the white in the back isn't blinding.

But it needs that little extra something, so you guessed it – radial blur :] The following steps are exactly the same as before, so follow them and you should be fine~

Edit > Copy Merged. if you're making this in Photoshop, you may need to do a Select All (control/apple A) before this option will show up.
Paste. Now you should have your entire icon up until now on one layer~
Filter > Blur > Radial Blur. Move the focal point so it's roughly over your character's face; make sure the blur mode is set to Spin (instead of Zoom) and input a value of around 30. Quality doesn't really matter, because if it turns out too grainy, you can just do the blur again at a much lower setting and it'll go away.
☆ Take a very soft brush and erase the part over your character's face and shoulders, if you so wish... whatever looks the best :D Make sure the blur roughly retains its circular shape or else it'll look weird.

Copy, paste, blur, erase is the charm here xD

Ooh, pretty~ One more step if you feel like it~ This texture by toybirds, edited in certain places and merged again by me (rest of the set here), on Screen, 100%. adds a bit of texture to the edges, just to make it more interesting. :)

And we're done! ♥

Other examples:

I encourage you to go play around and show me your finished icons! DOOO IIIIIIT, I always like to see what you guys come up with~

If you like what you see, why not friend ewidentnie for future updates?
music: quiet use of charm . universal hall pass
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you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ tos ✭ asdlfhalsdhfasfladjksinquisitory on February 5th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
dslkjfhasdlh I WANNA SEE ♥
roflolzomg on February 5th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
That is a gorgeous icon. ♥ Love the other examples, too. Will definitely be trying this out sometime. Thank you!
Tutu: so coolbumie on February 5th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
i can't wait until i try this!!!
colette rowan durendals-thaumaturgists: thinking big thinking positive » normaalvanista on February 5th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC)
eeeeeeeeeee ♥ I squeed outloud when I saw this, thank you!
I'll have to try that out when I have some time/I'm not on a school computer. Thank you~~~♥
And <4 indeed. <4~!

Edited at 2008-02-05 02:54 pm (UTC)
colette rowan durendals-thaumaturgists: mine is an evil laugh » eclipsealvanista on February 5th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Annnnd tried it!

It turned out so awesomely omg ♥ Thank you again!
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ love✭com ✭ hearts!!inquisitory on February 6th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Ooh, so shiny ♥ The bright colours are very pretty! Glad you like it, you're very welcome bb :3
young anna molly 。: ☆ gokuderaluxrays on February 6th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)

Another amazing Mumpo tutorial \o/ Memming! ♥
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ gyakusai ✭ an incurable humanistinquisitory on February 6th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
*A* I love what you're doing with text lately, and the colouring is ♥! Thank you for trying, Seiyuuki :DDD
teresancoteresanco on February 7th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Love it <3
Adding to memories!
Great tuto ^-^
• ema •: persona3 ✖ aigis; burning all regret andmoonnkeh on February 10th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Haha, I bet that I'll be whoring out this technique for a lot of the Persona 3 icons I've been making lately. XD;;

I got this~♥ I like it, and memming~( lolz, stupid new keyboard. D8 )

Edited at 2008-02-10 03:27 am (UTC)
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ persona 3 ✭ seize the momentinquisitory on February 15th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Lawl late reply, sorry, but it looks really good! *A* Love those pink Yukari colours, so pretty~ Thanks as always ♥
your leather-studded kiss in the sand: yuffie // wouldn't it be nicemelting on February 15th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
lol uh just passing through o/

nice tutorial. ♥
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ ffxiii ✭ not a day too sooninquisitory on February 20th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
xD Cool icon! The bright pinks really stand out against her dress and the dark background ♥ Thanks for trying it out!
gakurans on March 10th, 2008 10:46 pm (UTC)
A little late but...

I'm a total novice at these, but I love the way this came out! Thanks for the great tutorial!
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ persona 3 ✭ for days and for daysinquisitory on April 18th, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
A very late reply, but your result's really lovely *A* zomg, love the swirl at the bottom and the gorgeous colouring! Welcome, thanks for showing me~~
luna_beanluna_bean on March 22nd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
This tut makes the colors so beautiful! :P
Katykrew_90 on March 25th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
A bit late, but....here's my result:

Loved the tutorial, by the way. Oh! Question: do you know how to make those circles in the first example? I'd love you forever if you could tell me. Thanks!
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ persona 3 ✭ how do i reach youinquisitory on April 18th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
Oh, cute xD I love Hinata, and the blur really helps draw the attention to her~ Thanks for trying it out! You can get the circles from this texture by fedor_morkvo :3
green_animationgreen_animation on March 28th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
Kyaa it's fahmayzing =] I lubby it! Thank you and well done ~ <3
Phish93phish93 on July 11th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
absolutly love the coloring on this one.
^result with a few tweaks :D