♣ amie lou (mizzybox) wrote in matchbox_icons,
♣ amie lou
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Two Tutorials.

Two requested tutorials from timian  (sorry it took me ages!) and loveshot  -- I'll do the buffy tutorial when I have some more time. I didn't save the original .psd. But I have tried to recreate the icons as close as I could to the original :)



Done in Photoshop CS;  tutorials include selective colouring, curves and gradients, so I doubt it's translatable. 


Tutorial #01: Dean Winchester
 from  

Duplicate the base and set it to screen or color dodge, at 50% opacity
I prefer using color dodge to achieve the effect in this icon, but it depends on whatever looks best on your base.

New adjustment layer > Curves 
RGB:
Input: 90
Output: 140

New adjustment layer > Color Balance
Midtones:
Cyan   -20
Magenta  +10
Yellow  +20

Shadows:
Cyan  -20
Magenta  -5
Yellow  -5

Highlights:
Cyan  -10
Magenta  -10
Yellow  +5

New adjustment layer > Selective Color
Neutrals:
Cyan  -10
Magenta 0
Yellow  +10
Black  +10

New adjustment layer > Curves 
RGB:
Input: 115
Output: 150

New adjustment layer > Brightness/Contrast
Brightness: -10
Contrast: +20

New adjustment layer > Color Balance
Midtones:
Cyan   +20
Magenta  -10
Yellow  -5

New adjustment layer > Curves. (Lower the opacity to 50%.)
RGB:
Input: 160
Output: 190

Red:
Input: 180
Output: 150

Green:
Input: 150
Output: 165

Blue:
Input: 145
Output: 180

New adjustment layer > Selective Color
Reds:
Cyan  -85
Magenta +30
Yellow  0
Black  0


Now add whatever you want to it, textures, text etc. 

I added this gradient, set to 20% opacity


I've included a .psd for this tutorial, cos it's a tad long.




icons made from using a simular tutorial:
  




Tutorial #02: The Open Road
 from

This tutorial will only work well with bases which have alot of blank space at the top.

Duplicate the base and set it to screen at 100% opacity

New adjustment layer > Curves.
RGB:
Input: 130
Output: 150

Red:
Input: 174
Output: 163

Green:
Input: 161
Output: 157

Blue:
Input: 140
Output: 126

New adjustment layer > Curves.
RGB:
Input: 120
Output: 160

Merge the layers (Shift + Ctrl + E) 

Now using the Smudge tool or Clone Stamp tool (whichever you find easiest) smooth the blue colour around the top to create blank space. 

It should now look something like this:


Now add this texture by crystalcocaineand set it to Linear burn at 100%. Duplicate the texture and set it to Softlight at 100%.

Duplicate the merged blank space image and set it to Softlight at 20% above the texture

I added this gradient set to 40% opacity. 

No .psd for this one. 

Try not to copy the tutorials exactly, it won't work for every base -- so experiment!

- Comments make my day and I would love to see your results!
- Credit isn't necessary but it's always nice :)

Tags: iconmaker: mizzybox, resources: .psd, resources: tutorial
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