This tutorial is made for the ask the maker activity at icon_talk . It was requested by partitioning.
Tools used under Photoshop CS6:
- gradient map
- smudge tool
- gaussian blur
- paint brush
by scoobyatemysnax | by violateraindrop | by justmyb0nes
I resized the picture. I went to Image -> Resize. Be sure to have "constrain proportions" ticked to keep your aspect ratio right (screencapture here). Then, I opened a 100*100 pixel base. I slided the resized cap to the base.
Then, it was time to put a little light in the icon. In order to do that, I created a texture using a brush.
Then, with a brush in white, size 5, paint where you want light. In this case, on the bottom right. After that,
Blur the layer as much as you want considering the effect you want. My result was :
I let the layer set to "normal" to give some light on her face.
I wanted to make a very dark icon with only a bit of light on her face so I decided to use this texture and set it to multiply to make the icon darker. With the smudge tool, I erased the right dark line.
I decided to not bother with the coloring yet. I opened a brightness/contrast layer to work on the light instead. I wanted to make her face more clear so I had to increase the contrasts and the light.
brightness : +75
contrast : +94
The coloring is now, well, awful. The problem there was that a color balance layer couldnt do anything as the contrasts enhanced the red. So i decided to do a black and white gradient.
As the icon was part of a challenge where I had to get out of my comfort zone, I decided to to the opposite of what I would usually do. So, I used this texture and set it to screen.
The texture made everything really busy (in my taste) so i duplicated the base and set it to soft light at the top of the layers in order to have the contrasts back.
I loved the coloring at this point but I wanted more contrast so I opened a gradient layer again. They have the capacity of making the icon looking deeper which was exactly what I was looking for at this moment.
Still in the aim of increasing the contrasts, I duplicated the base again and set it to soft light at the top of the layers. In that way, I had a coloring I liked and the deep contrasts I wanted.
I merged all the layers and saved into a .png file.
- Don't even think about asking for a .PSD.
- Fell free to ask all the questions you want!
- You can ask a tutorial of everything posting in that comm.
- Sorry for any spelling & grammatical mistakes.
- Keep in mind those settings may not work on your pictures!