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13 August 2006 @ 05:47 pm
:: beginners tutorial .001  
../ Each week I'll explain how to do six simple effects for beginners to learn.

If there is an effect you would like to learn how to do, let me know and I will do my best to explain it to you.

First six behind the cut.
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Soft Light & Overlay Layers
Exclusion Layers
Color Burn & Burn Layers
Colored Blobs

Using this picture of MK&A, I'll show you how to get different effects and whatnot.

I'm using Photoshop 7.0, but it should be easily translated into other programmes.

Alrightie. This is the starting image, I've done nothing to it.

When you start an icon, you sharpen it.
Sharpening is pretty easy. You go up the top to "Filter", select "sharpen" from the drop down menu, and "sharpen" again from the next menu.

See how it looks sharper, and it makes the original image look quite blurred in comparison.
You don't want to go overboard with sharpening, I only do it once, sometimes twice if the orignial image is very blurred.
This one was sharpened three times, really bad looking:

Black and white based  icons look awesome, and to get a colored image turned into B&W is simple.
Up the top, select "Image", click on "Adjustments" from the drop down menu, and then "Desaturate" in the next menu.

An easier way to do it is just to press CTRL+Shift+U. That gives the same effect.

One of the most popular effects used on icons, it's simple yet very effective.
All you need to do it duplicate the base, and set the duplicate to soft light, or overlay.
There isn't a huge difference between the two, but overlay gives a more intense look. Both enhance the colors, make the lights lighter, and the darks darker.
Soft Light


One of the most popular ways of coloring icons, exclusion layers are dark colors, mostly shades of blue.
( #000132 - #002C32 - #0C5D68 )
These are only examples of course, you can use any shade you like, not just these ones.

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You don't want to use bright colors like this, because it just looks bad:
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I think color burn translates to "burn" in Paint Shop Pro. Same effect, just a different name.
You can use any light color, the most common are light blue, and light grey.
( #CCCCCC - #90D1FF )
Again, these are only examples, you can experiment to see what suits your liking.

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Don't use darker colors, because it looks bad.
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These add a bit more to your icon, can be any color, and very simple and easy to make.

On a black canvas, make a colored blob to the size and color of your choice, I used a round brush 100, comes default with Photoshop. Place it somewhere on your icon, and set to lighten or screen.


ex_snubbly982 on August 13th, 2006 05:51 am (UTC)
These are great =)
nine-oh-fivealternativwaves on August 13th, 2006 07:03 am (UTC)
ghosts_88ghosts_88 on August 13th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
Adding this to memmories!! thanks
pryzrakpryzrak on August 13th, 2006 08:14 am (UTC)
chemicaltrip on August 13th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Fantastic! +mems
Vincer_sambora_luvr on August 13th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
nice tutorials i am saving to mems thanks so much...
Carlyhollywoodchuck on August 13th, 2006 02:41 pm (UTC)
YOU ROCK. Mebbe you could do curves....?
Madison: JodelleJapanesedakoterimayer on August 14th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
MEBBE I CAN YES!! Totally.
Tipsy Lovegood: angel wingtipsylovegood on August 13th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely great. There aren't many beginner tutorials out there, and this is definetly come in handy. Keep up the good work. Curves tut would be fabulous.
Madison: LindsayWaitdakoterimayer on August 14th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
Sure thing, I will do curves next :]
Telle: Emily>pinktelleabelle on August 13th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Excellent...I love tuts like this!
t i m sshuist on August 13th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
you're a saviour!! seriously this is soooo helpful!! thanks for doing this, adding to mem!!
________STEPH.markxthegrave on August 14th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh! this was really helpful, thank you. =D =D
november86november86 on August 15th, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC)
Add to memories, thanks
r3b3l_diamonds on July 24th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
All of this was oh-so helpful! Thank you so so much! =]
Can't wait for your next set of tutorials!
massu89: aiaigasamassu89 on August 10th, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
waahhh~~thanx for this!!
i've been using this method!!

but i'm still confused with coloured blobs~
how can i done it with photoshop?
i got to do the black canvas but whe it comes to the blob,i become confused~
i'm using photoshop cs2

can give more details?^^