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10 March 2008 @ 10:45 am
inquisitory ✭ 30; it's been a long time now  
More requests, whee! What a productive way for me to put off my work :')

Request by so_vayne and luxrays~ ♥

Go from to in Photoshop. Uses several Selective Color layers, so not translatable unless you're willing to figure out how to fake it :')

Pretty Loveless art is pretty *A* Whee, base:

You notice how there's the black bit in the corner? You could either opt to brush it out or think "oh hay that'd be a good place for a duplicate" like I did xD Keep that in mind for the future of this icon, yes? Right, okay, moving on, there's a ton of Selective Color... adjustment layers to use, what joy (and none of them from me because, as you know, I fail at SC settings)! Point form ftw:

☆ step 3 of this tut by ckdesigns, Normal, 50%, gives you this
☆ step 3 of this tut by luxrays, Normal, 50%, gives you this
☆ step 3 of this tut by luxrays, Normal, 100%, gives you this
☆ step 3 of this tut by hl_upics, Normal, 100%, gives you:

Wow, that was a lot of step 3's xD I really like how all that Selective Coloring brightened up the image, but it lost some contrast in the process. So bring a Soft Light, 100% duplicate to the top to fix it!

I think we're ready to move into texture mode now >:D To prepare, remember how I mentioned the blank space on the left? We'll cover it over with a soft white brush now. Conveniently, the dots on the image match up with that :3

Okay, so now to start a long list of textures and a fill layer~ More point form, you say?

this texture by toybirds (rotated), Screen, 100%, gives you this
#f9eada, Multiply, 100%, gives you this
this texture by toybirds (flipped horizontally), Multiply, 100%, gives you this
this texture by toybirds, Multiply, 100% DUPLICATED ONCE (so there are two layers), gives you:

Looking much more interesting, don't you think? :) Now to fill up the still-empty space on the left with, you guessed it, a duplicate! Bring your base to the top and position it as you like (putting it on Multiply, 100% so you can see what's below it), then desaturate it (Image > Adjustments > Desaturate) and erase the part that's covering your image. Here, since the space for the duplicate was pretty much laid out for me by the texture, I took the Polygonal Lasso and traced along it (iirc it wasn't exactly straight) to get this.

Now for the finishing touches *__* Since it's looking kinda dark, take a Brightness/Contrast... adjustment layer and set brightness to 6, contrast to 69.

This may be a little weird to explain, so bear with me. You can do this either way, but I like to start from the top, so take this texture by toybirds, inverse it (so it's white-on-black), and set it to Screen, 100%, placing/resizing as you like. Now to get the shadow, inverse it again (so it's black-on-white like it started), nudge it over one pixel right and one pixel down, and set it to Multiply, 100%. Now place the Multiply layer below the Screen layer and you have your spiffy stand-out-y texture! :) You may need to adjust the opacity of the shadow layer so it doesn't stand out too much; I think the one here was 50-70%?

To get the text's shadow, follow the same process, except setting them to Screen and Multiply isn't necessary. As with the texture, you should play with the opacity of the shadow until you like it~ And now we're finally finished!

Other examples:

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

If you like what you see, why not friend ewidentnie for future updates?
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you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ evangelion ✭ this is how it worksinquisitory on March 10th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! :D I'd love to see your result~ and no, it actually wasn't, for some reason I needed it insanely high xD
ex_belulah853 on March 10th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
this is a gorgeous tutorial!
greatwhitesharkgws on March 10th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
really great tut!
memming :)
♪ rosevicrosevic87 on March 10th, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow this is a great tutorial! Memming :D
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you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ love✭com ✭ teenage hopesinquisitory on March 11th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Ooh, very pretty~ :DD I love the muted look, it really fits the image! Thanks for trying it out ♥
あき: bright colors ritsuka lovelesskewliopenguin on March 10th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
simply amazing tutorial! ^o^ thanks so much! *memming*
• ema •: persona3 ✖ chihiro; pray in the heartmoonnkeh on March 10th, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Guh, I love this tutorial! *___* Memming~♥

I think I've tried almost every single one of your tutorials. XD
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ ffta ✭ only so far i can goinquisitory on March 11th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Very nice, that image is so adorable and bright :D You probably have, lawl, thanks again! ♥
young anna molly 。: ☆ simon 2luxrays on March 10th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)

Memming ♥
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ golden sun ✭ make it easy on meinquisitory on March 11th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
omg hawt Reborn! art *A* Very nice colouring, glad you like it bb~ :3
~Herr Belial~ninon_beart on March 10th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the tutorial <3 <3, I'll try it :D!!!
Christinaso_vayne on March 10th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I reaaaally love your texture use. \o/

I made this with a lot of different SC layers. :')

Thanks again, it really helped. ♥
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ persona 3 ✭ how do i reach youinquisitory on March 11th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! I'm glad it was helpful, and your result is really cool, the cropping works so nicely :3 You're welcome, and thanks again for requesting 8D
(Anonymous) on March 10th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ sdc ✭ tried looking up to you girlsinquisitory on March 11th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC)
I never provide .psd's with my tutorials, sorry :/ While sometimes helpful, it just doesn't beat the satisfaction you get from following a tutorial on your own, and adding your own extra touches.
até-san: nunnally-smileatemu_mana on March 10th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Wonderful tutorial. Will try this out!

tina: djmax oblivionhachou on March 11th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
I changed a few stuff and added a little more. XD I love the result though!

BTW I'd like to ask, do you use photoshop 7 when working on your icons?
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ high school debut ✭ come cleaninquisitory on March 11th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Really nice colouring, it's so glowy and pretty *A* Great job, thanks for showing me! And I use Photoshop CS3 :3
(no subject) - hachou on March 11th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
⌈ChinKii⌋ ≥∪≤kokoro_chan93 on March 11th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
so beautiful, will have to try that one a little later. ^^
moustache maniac: Hachi - blue graypamparumpum on March 11th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Great tut! I'll try it later :3
moustache maniacpamparumpum on March 11th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Lol, here's what I got:

(no subject) - inquisitory on April 3rd, 2008 03:14 am (UTC) (Expand)