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Written for the PSD/tut exchange @ [community profile] smallbatchicons.



Found a cap of my boy Stiles hugging is dear ol' pa, because number one: Stilinski Feels are important, k? And number two: I love me a partially concealed face + hands. LOOK AT THAT PAW. THAT IS A MAN'S PAW goddamn. If this cap had hair!porn I honestly don't know what I'd do with myself. I probably would have had the irresistible urge to icon it all over again instead of writing this tut, that's what.

Ahem. OK, so maybe I'll ramble a bit? Here it is though, pasted onto a 100x100 canvas so I can drag it about, use the free transform tool and see what works.


Next I copied the layer and used curves to swap the blues for some nice red and earthy tones. I don't have the settings since I used it directly on the cap, but betting it was the red channel. I also stared at his fist some more before figuring out that it didn't quite work for his face and dragged the cap left. This is why pasting the entire cap onto the canvas is so useful; if something doesn't click, you can easily make adjustments.


Still staring at that hand tho. And wanting other people to stare at that hand. Painted two white blobs over his hand and gaussian blurred them a bit - like so, minus the black background - set to soft light 12.


Added a color fill layer with a nice yellow, #fff200, set it to color 14%.


A simple curves layer to brighten things up a bit, and bring out some highlights.


Next us is a texture by [livejournal.com profile] innocent_lexys, set to soft light 58%. This gives the lighting of the icon a bit more direction, plus lends a nice shade to the Sheriff's jacket.


And then another texture, set to screen. Sorry I don't know the maker, please tell me if you do. These kinds of textures are great if there are parts of your icon that doesn't do much, like here we have Stiles' and John's hair which is pretty much just a black space of nothing; perfect canvas for some grunge.


Copy the curves adjusted base and set it to soft light 23% to get some contrast back in.


Add a levels layer, 2 | 1 | 229


Vibrancy layer, +51.


The coloring wasn't quite clicking for me, so I slapped on a texture by [livejournal.com profile] navras_rheya, set to overlay 33%. Now I have some lovely reds and browns.


I just wanted the shadows deepened slightly, so made a selective coloring layer and set it to +5 on the blacks in grey. This especially helps bring out Stiles' eyes. Masked away the part covering John's jacket in the bottom right.


And that's it! I did make this icon a good while back, so it could very well be I used smart sharpen on one of my soft light layers, but the cap seemed pretty crisp to begin with. Ask if anything's too confusing :)

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Date: 2013-09-13 08:46 pm (UTC)
naushika: (Star Trek - Wesley - glass case of emoti)
From: [personal profile] naushika
Awesome, thanks for sharing! My program doesn't have selective coloring, what effect is it doing exactly? Just deepening whatever color you pick? (So in this case, the blacks?)

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Date: 2013-09-13 09:42 pm (UTC)
laisserais: kiss (Default)
From: [personal profile] laisserais
This is why pasting the entire cap onto the canvas is so useful; if something doesn't click, you can easily make adjustments. AH! This is a trick I am stealing. SO many times I have had to go back and re-crop because once I got started, I hated it (or I just was lazy and made a lame icon.)


These kinds of textures are great if there are parts of your icon that doesn't do much, like here we have Stiles' and John's hair which is pretty much just a black space of nothing; perfect canvas for some grunge. Again, fantastic tip! I think it's really interesting that you didn't screen or gamma correct, just subtly brought all the colors up and warmer, rather than trying to brighten everything first. It's a wonderful effect!

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Date: 2013-09-14 02:32 pm (UTC)
laisserais: kiss (Default)
From: [personal profile] laisserais
Yeah, I did sort of steal that technique, but then I flattened everything and reduced too early.

I do! I learned the gamma/exposure trick in SPN - from someone at fiendunderpin, where they always had great icons.

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Date: 2013-09-14 03:45 pm (UTC)
laisserais: kiss (Default)
From: [personal profile] laisserais
Huh! weird. I noticed another exact likeness of a different crop in the same comm. Maybe we're elite and didn't even notice. :/

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Date: 2013-09-14 04:44 pm (UTC)
laisserais: kiss (Default)
From: [personal profile] laisserais
lol SMOOCH

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