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10 April 2008 @ 11:25 am
inquisitory ✭ 33; as the captive entertainer  
Requests by alvanista and erinae! Still, very slowly decreasing the number of tutorials on my to-do list :') ♥ If you're curious, there's nine more after this one!

Go from this to and in Photoshop. Uses a tad bit of Selective Color and a Black & White layer, but could be translatable otherwise?

The base image I linked to was coloured by the awesome experienced ♥, and here are our bases:

is A, is B.

I have no idea what I was thinking when I made these, seems to be a recurring thing with me xD As such, the next steps are completely random and contradict each other liekwhoa, but here we go anyway. I decided to add this texture on Multiply, 100% by reve_lucide to both, but rotated for the second. That gets us:

And now duplicate the base to set it on Screen, 100% which effectively negates the ugliness of the texture~

(looks like B may have been set to less than 100%, I forget?)

Because they're both awfully light now (more A than B, but whatever), take a Brightness/Contrast... adjustment layer and set Brightness all the way down to -45. Yes, it's negative; you probably won't have to do the same if your base wasn't so light, lawl.

Now your eyes can relax xD And I bet you saw it coming from a mile away, but let's add #020047 on Exclusion, 100%! Ah, the joys of Exclusion ♥

But now it needs something more to fill up all the blank space left by my cropping;;; A had this texture, rotated, and B had something like this texture, iirc xD Both are by toybirds and set to Multiply, 100%.

Now I am thoroughly going "ewwwww" looking at these and I can imagine you are too on your side of the interweb, augh! So let's fix it before your eyes start bleeding! Duplicate the base on Soft Light, 100% and all will be better ♥

Up 'til this step, both of these have gone in pretty much the same order, yeah? For the next two steps, they're going to be switched by just a tad, but they do the same things in the end. So first, A takes this texture by 77words on Multiply, 100%, while B takes the Selective Color... adjustment layer settings in step 3 of this tutorial by luxrays which it seems I am quite addicted to. That leaves us with these:

And just switch those two around for the next step xD See, now A will take the same Selective Color... adjustment layer, and B will take this texture (rotated), also by 77words, on Multiply, 100%.

From now on, A and B will go in completely different directions, woohoo! 8) I'll try not to make this too confusing, haha. So for A, make a Black & White... adjustment layer under the same menu you would use to make a Hue/Sat... or Brightness/Contrast... one. (I'm not sure what versions of Photoshop have this, but definitely not anything before CS2) Just leave the settings as-is, but change the layer to Soft Light, 100%. I'm not sure why this works, but it looks shinier, right? xD

And for B, I decided it would be cool to take some text from the scan to put in the blank space, so it kinda looks like a manga panel. This I set to Multiply, 100% so the white wouldn't show up (as I didn't take the time to cut out each individual letter, lawl).

Back to A~ It's text time! \o/ I took Courier (which you should all have on your computers already lol) in white, wrote my text, and rotated it a bit to go with the angle of Naoko's head. Then I did my spiffy little shadow thing (duplicate it, change it to black, put it behind the white and nudge it over) and set the opacity of the shadow fairly low... probably around 40%.

For B, I took a Hue/Saturation... adjustment layer and set the Saturation to around 20. I had to use the layer mask already attached to the adjustment layer to take out the saturation around the ripped paper texture, so it only covered her body – this you do by clicking on the white square it gives you on the layer and using a soft black brush to erase the bits you don't want. The paper part would go too yellow otherwise, and we don't want that, now do we~?

One more step, thank goodness xD The bottom of A felt a bit bland for me, so I just added a black rectangle with the Marquee and Paint Bucket tools. After setting a Soft Light, 100% duplicate to B like so and a Brightness/Contrast... adjustment layer with -2 and 20 for the numbers, it's pretty much done, but I noticed her ribbon looked a little stripey from the manga tones. To fix it, I Copy Merged (Edit > Copy Merge) the whole icon, pasted it on top and used the Smudge tool to smooth it... well, it isn't that much different in the end, but it satisfied my perfectionism okay :| Sweet, now we're finally done!

Other examples:
(these all came out fairly muted, as you can see xD If you don't want that, just mess with the opacity of the Multiply/Exclusion layers or the textures)

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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Katy: Kakashi krew_90 on April 10th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Looooove it, love it! Am memming to try out later--I'll post my icon later!
I might not come back. Addicted to tumblr now.: Motoko [happy]new_wave_angel on April 10th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Cool results! I'll have to try this at school tomorrow.
(My Photoshop trial expired! *cries* I might as well just buy it,lol)
undecided.: glare.nonliquet on April 10th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Amazing. *__*
new age audrey: riza; emergencyprettyinpistol on April 10th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
The link to luxrays's tutorial is wrong. It links to an image instead.
Lovely tutorial! I love the outcome.
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ ffxii ✭ here it goes againinquisitory on April 10th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh whoops, haha, thanks for catching that! Fixed it, and thank you~

Very pretty FMA icon there btw ;___; ♥ Hawkeye~
new age audrey: natsumi; if you talk you better walkprettyinpistol on April 11th, 2008 04:29 am (UTC)
No problem :D
• ema •: yuugiou! 5D's ✖ yusei; ...i would do himmoonnkeh on April 11th, 2008 01:30 am (UTC)
OHSHI--Sexy tutorial is very sexy! :D

Was my result, I actually really like it. XD; Memming!
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ persona 3 ✭ for days and for daysinquisitory on April 13th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yaaay, Mitsuru's Persona is so cool xD Love the duplication and the colouring! Thanks for trying it out ♥
I've got my heart set on anywhere but heregothic_mischief on April 11th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Ooh, meming. I love the result definitely trying this out soon. Thanks for sharing.
animeneko_chan: air gear // ikki x akitoanimeneko_chan on April 11th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I tried it : D With a little changes though.
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ dnangel ✭ deserve your freedominquisitory on April 13th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Really cool cropping xD Love the colouring too, looks great! Thanks for showing me~
moustache maniacpamparumpum on April 11th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Me likey this tut! :D Here's what I got:

you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ eureka 7 ✭ eyes like the summerinquisitory on April 13th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I love that image of Eureka ♥ Pretty colouring, and nice use of text too~! Thanks for trying it :D
eternal7beternal7b on April 11th, 2008 03:50 am (UTC)
thanks for the tutorial
meme it :)
Ineffable: Distphyrexians on April 11th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Cool! :D.

I really like yoru text effect thingy! ;).

Thanks for sharing :D.
High-flyin': Persona 3: HEY!!! Ryoujiairborn on April 11th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Sweet! :D
Love the results~
I might not come back. Addicted to tumblr now.: Motoko [happy]new_wave_angel on April 11th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
haha,me again.

I mixed up the steps between A and B to make it work for my picture and left out the text.
(Also,I erased the texture around Ed's face,so I don't know if you can notice it.)
...and I got something like this:

Compared to the original image,it looks wayyyy better. Thanks!! Totally memming. :0)

you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ nana ✭ when i was a young girlinquisitory on April 13th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Lovely result! The contrast looks great, it fits Ed's mood perfectly xD Thanks for taking the time to try it :D
"Fubuki," or maybe "Shiro"shiroandfubuki on April 12th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
Very nice tutorial! *memes*
you shall build a turtle fence.: ミ gyakusai ✭ asking for answersinquisitory on April 13th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And lksjdhlsa I just had to say that your icon is the cutest thing ever *A*
"Fubuki," or maybe "Shiro": Apollo: YESH! <3shiroandfubuki on April 13th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^_^
Look at my face when you say "shut up.": love you!ms_poptart on June 27th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
See what I made!

It was more of a guideline colorwise, but I love this result! Thank you~