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This is for[personal profile] skieswideopen who gave me such a nice comment about my use of textures in icons that I decided to write a tutorial.

Today we will be making this: icon.

Start by preparing you base as normal. I like to crop my icon first then brighten using an exposure layer, bump up the saturation and vibrancy,  colour using a colour balance layer then tweak this with a selective colour layer if necessary. Finally  I sharpen my my base by duplicating it running a high pass filter (set low), then setting that to overlay before flattening my base to finish. This is all personal preference there are many ways to prepare a base and they all give similar results. 

My base looks like this:
Now the fun part! Pick a texture,  a good tip is to pick one with colours that match your base image. I chose this one: by [deviantart.com profile] angel_elf_icons  at deviant art because it matched the blue in her outfit, then I flipped it upside down because I wanted the darker part at the bottom.

Next drag your icon base over your texture (or drag your texture over your icon base before moving it down, setting it as a new background) and erase the icon bases background,  resize your image positioning in the middle. I like to work at view size 200% for this bit so I can see clearly but again that's personal preference.

Now my icon looks like this: next I took another texture by[deviantart.com profile] angel_elf_icons  and set it over the top set to screen 100%.

My icon now looks like this: which is nice, but I wanted my background just a little darker so I duplicated the last texture dragged it to just over the first layer (your1st texture) and set it to multiply at 35% opacity.

My icon now looks like this:  its a subtitle effect but looks better especially on the top left hand corner.

Now however the effect on her face is too strong so I take a basic brush set to 0% hardness, and 11% opacity and erase the top texture off her face.

My icon now looks like this: again its a subtle effect. Now you could stop here but I wasn't happy with the colouring I wanted some pink/purple undertones to warm it up a bit. Again there are many ways to do this, I made sure my top layer was selected then went to image adjustments > variations > more red.

Now my icon looks like this: which I was happy with so we're done!

I'm new to tutorials so please let me know what you think, and if anything wasn't clear.



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Having forgot I have an account here I am back with icons from Season 3 of Andromeda.

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Trying this one more time, just to be sure, will this end up on LJ and DW? A few seconds from now will tell.
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Now will you cross post to LJ and DW? Please?
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Sorry I kind of forgot I had a journal here. I've been very busy with my Live journal community Andromeda_fans we've got an advent event going on with someone posting a new treat everyday, its great fun, and I'm so happy to see such strong signs of life in the Andromeda fandom. 

I'll try to cross post some of the stuff from LJ here later. 

Hello

Jul. 5th, 2009 11:18 pm
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Hello this is Ascendant Angel formally known as Rommie's Voice. If you have my old journal friended feel free to derfriend it and friend this one.

Expect a fandom post soon.
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