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I'm finally posting! OHEMGEE.. Anyways, Sorry for the lack of.. anything! lol.. Being without internet sucks muchly... I can only get on twice a week for a few hours!!! Anyways, I wrote a tutorial up like 2 weeks ago, and now I'm finally posting it!!! As for icons, I'm hoping to post next week.. I made a shit ton of Kingdom Hearts icons, and a few POTC AWE icons, and I've been trying to find some good quality POTC DMC caps.. I'm planning to do some of that movie, and I might do a few of the first movie too, bc i watched it the other night and theres a few scenes I wanna do now :P I made up a new layout, and it MIGHT be up today.. If it won't take too long, because I really like it a lot.. I know, I'm a layout whore..

Also, I've been building a website w/ frontpage over the last week, since I literally hvae nothing to do... It'll be really nice, because it will have all my icons as of like the last 5 posts, as well as all of my non icon graphics, most of which i havn't had the time or patience to post here.. It'll also have all of my tutorials, as well as a few other things.. I hope to have it up w/in the next month, but first I have to figure out how to get it up, and since its pretty massive, it might take a while just to get up! I'll make sure to let you guys know when its up :)

ANYWAYS, on to the tutorial!!! And btw, I don't have a .psd file :( I tried to remember to save one, but I forgot.. again :P

How to go from THIS >> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket to THIS >> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket



1. Get your cap and crop it. I crop everything with the cropper set to 100x100, so you won't have to worry about funny resizing. I then shrank the image to 200x200.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

2. Duplicate the base and smart sharpen it. Delete the original base layer. My settings for smart sharpening are:

Amount: 104%
Radius: 64 pixels
Remove: Gauissian Blur

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

3. Create a new layer and fill it with a light tan color (#fee7ae) and set it to Multiply 100%.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket >>>>> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

4. Create a new layer and fill it with a light pink color (#f1b2ff) and set it to Soft Light 70%.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket >>>>> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

5. Create a new layer and fill it with a light cyan color (#c0fff8) and set it to Color Burn 70%.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket >>>>> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

6. Create a new Color Balance layer (Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Color Balance). Settings for the Color Balance layer:

Color Levels: +100/-22/-58
Tone Balance: Midtones
Preserve Luminosity: Checked

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

7. I decided it was a little too dark at this point. I went down and duplicated the base layer, and set it to Screen 75% opacity. I know this is a little random stuck in here, but I tend to put off putting in a Screen layer sometimes until I think it actually needs it.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

8. Create a new Color Balance layer. Settings for the Color Balance layer:

Color Levels: -14/0/+21
Tone Balance: Midtones
Preserve Luminosity: Checked

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

9. Resize the image to 100x100. I like all of my icons to have a soft look, because I hate oversharpening, so I always stamp all the layers into one new layer (Ctrl>Shift>Alt>E), Gaussian Blur the layer (Radius: .5), and set it to Darken at 40%. For the last step, I added some tiny text in the upper right hand corner of the icon in the blackish area.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket >>>>> Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

It's not EXACTLY the same as the original, but I think its the closest I've ever gotten in a tutorial!

Original Icon: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

If anyone would like to request another tutorial for a different icon, you can drop me a comment HERE and I'll try to get to it ASAP :)
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