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I use Adobe Photoshop 7 and I don't know if it's easily translated into Psp or any other programs.
When I'm describing what I'm doing, I'll link to a screenshot of what I'm talking about which will open in a new window.

Okay, so this is a tutorial, as requested, on how to go
from this to this
Now, this is my first time creating a tutorial, so if it gets confusing, sorry.

01. Okay, so I started out using a cap by [livejournal.com profile] numbercinco of Sayid and I've all ready cropped it how I wanted it. Now I duplicate the base, which I always do just in case I mess up and need to start over, and I use Filter=>Sharpen=>Unsharp Mask using these settings: Amount: 30% Radius: 61.0 pixels Threshold: 7 levels

02. Next, go to Filter=>Sharpen=>Sharpen and it'll sharpen the image up. current image

03. Now, on the layers palette, click on the half black/half white circle on the bottom and choose levels. (that circle's used to create adjustment layers, quite handy) Now, use these settings: Input Levels: [0] [2.34] [255]

04. Yes, it's looking a bit wonky, but we'll fix that up now by going back to the half black/half white circle and choose Brightness/Contrast this time. Use settings: Brightness: -23 Contrast: +30

05. Next, back to the half black/half white circle and choose Hue/Saturation and use settings: Hue: 0 Saturation: -13 Lightness: 0

06. Half black/half white circle and choose Curves this time. Settings: Channel: Blue Input: 140 Output: 117 (if they aren't letting you type anything in input and output, just click anywhere on the line and you should then be able to type the correct numbers in)

07. Yep, it's looking better and we're done with the adjustment layers. But now, go back to the layer we used Unsharp Mask and Sharpen on. Duplicate it and use the setting Radius: 1.2 pixels

08. With the blurred layer selected, press Ctrl + Alt + ~. Parts of the icon should be selected. Once it is, go back to the bottom of the layers palette and click the square with the circle inside of it. That layer in your palette should now look like this:

09. Set the masked blurred layer to Linear Dodge with Opacity: 69%

10. Next, I create a new layer above all the others and applied my own graph pattern that I made. I applied it to this black square so everyone can see it. You can dL it as a .PAT if you'd like to use it here the pattern
So I set the layer with my pattern to Overlay, Opacity: 19%

11. Then I do a simple 1 pixel border around everything on a new layer.

12. Another new layer and I use this gradient which I believe is a default one from Adobe. Well, I set that layer to Soft Light with Opacity 49%

13. Finally, I decide I want text. So I type the word hustler in Arial Black font size 4.17 with tracking set to 346 All Caps and anti alias to crisp.

And now the finish product:

how your layers palette should look like after everything

So yeah, remember this might not work for all icons and you should fiddle with all the settings to get the effect you're looking for. Also, this tutorial is just a guide, not a hard manual on how you should make every single icon from now on. Remember people, Icon Variety is Love XD
Okay then, I hope I haven't confused you all terribly. If I have, just comment and I'll see if I can iron things out.


Date: 2005-03-01 07:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] junerbug.livejournal.com
Very pretty! I'll have to try it!

Date: 2005-03-01 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vsoest.livejournal.com
Beautiful! I am going to put that in my memories.

Date: 2005-03-01 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fenci.livejournal.com
This is very useful and not at all confusing, even better with Sayid.
I just have one question.
When you say : choose Curves, settings: Channel: Blue Input: 140 Output: 117. are you sure output:117 is correct?
When I tried it gave me a bright yellow color.

Date: 2005-03-01 09:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] plumcheeks.livejournal.com
Love all the detailed screenshots! Saving to my memories...thanks!

Date: 2005-03-01 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-sarac.livejournal.com
Thanks! I've been looking for a tutorial like this :)

Date: 2005-03-01 12:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lieyourtruth.livejournal.com

I've learned a couple of new things. Great tutorial, def make more. =)

Date: 2005-03-01 01:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanie-05.livejournal.com
Just wanted to say "nice icon". I love Sayid.

Date: 2005-03-01 04:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sobota.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

Date: 2005-03-01 04:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_dosomethin/
wow awesome tutorial!!! <3

Date: 2005-03-02 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dumbstruckk.livejournal.com
great tutorial! learned alot! :D

Date: 2005-03-02 09:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amyworld.livejournal.com
you helped me sooo much:)

Date: 2005-03-15 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donella.livejournal.com
Really nice tutorial. Adding it to my memories.

I made this:


Date: 2005-03-16 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redpoisonapple.livejournal.com
oOo Yay! That's hot. I'm glad I could help :D

Date: 2006-09-09 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crantagonist.livejournal.com
Just found this tutorial and I am so glad I did - following this, I just made my very first icon. So thank you! I realize I still do have a very long way to go though, LOL.

I was just wondering, I'm on a Mac, and I'm using PS CS2. For some reason, it didn't want to accept the custom-made pattern. I keep getting the error message "This pattern file is bad or corrupted". I've tried re-downloading and installing several times to no avail. Did anyone else experience something similar?

Again, thank you for a wonderful job!!

Date: 2006-09-12 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redpoisonapple.livejournal.com
noooo, it's nothing to do with you or your computer actually. unfortunately, the place where i'd stored the file deleted it apparently so it's no longer up. sorry about that but i'm glad you liked the tutorial :)
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