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First I started with Derek's cap, using the pen tool I cropped him out nice and easy, pasted him into an empty 100x100 canvas. I then dropped a [ profile] mm3butterfly texture underneath him, knowing I was going for a light, pale look.

I might have been a bit too easy breezy with the pen tool, so used the blur tool(low setting) on his sides to smooth out the sharper edges of his torso.

I knew I wanted the focus on his tattoo, and was lucky enough to find a texture that did just that. Setting it to screen, the borders bring your eyes to the tattoo nicely. No idea who the maker is, sorry.

Made a second copy of the texture and set it to soft light 26%. This further lightens the colors of the icon.

Made a peach colored fill layer, #f9ad81, set it to multiply 26%.

Duplicated Derek's cap twice and dragged them to the top, set the first to screen 14% and the second to soft light 30%. This helps bring back the yummy highlights on his back.

Copy merged and set it to soft light 17%. Et voilà!

So this is the icon I made right after the first one. They're both pale colorings, but I went about making them in vastly different ways. Goes to show that I don't have a clue what I'm up to when I open photoshop; I basically hit a daze and come out the other side remembering the first and last two or three layers, tops. But I guess that's why I find it so relaxing ;)

To find the crop I wanted here, I wound up rotating the cap, which left me with an ugly gap in the upper left corner. Naturally, I couldn't just leave it, but fortunately it was just Allison's hair, so using the close tool or picking out the color with the eyedropper, I covered it easily enough.

I didn't care for all the red tones, added a color fill layer in very light beige,#c7b299, set to color 48%.

Slapped a simple curves layer on there to brighten things up.

Still fiddling with the color, I added a second color fill layer in light brown, #8c6239, set to multiply 16%.

Copy merged and set it to soft light 25%, to get some contrast back in.

Threw a gradient fill layer on there, set to soft light 31%, adding some focus to Allison's cheek and eyes eyes.

Added a texture by [ profile] fouroux, set to color 10%, fighting those reds a bit more. (lord knows why I keep removing red and then using beige color fills. Like I said, really not conscious of my process at all.)

Vibrance layer, -34. I think this is where I decided to go pale with the coloring. At least my process makes some kind of sense from here on out? *g*

Levels layer to brighten it a bit, 0 | 1 | 209.

Added a texture, set to screen 72%.

Painted some white blobs over areas I wanted brightened, used gaussian blur on them and set the layer to normal 43%. (minus the black background; it's only there so you can see the blobs)

Added two [ profile] mm3butterfly textures, flipped the first horizontally and set them both to screen

Another copy merge, set to soft light 71%.

A color balance layer to get a more blueish tint to the highlights.

Vibrancy +25, and you're done. Also, I probably used smart sharpen on one of the copy+merge layers set to soft light. Ask away if you have any questions :)

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Date: 2013-09-15 06:29 pm (UTC)
laisserais: kiss (Default)
From: [personal profile] laisserais
woo hoo! pen tool! :D

Goes to show that I don't have a clue what I'm up to when I open photoshop; I basically hit a daze and have only a vague clue as to what I've been up to when iconning. But I guess that's why I find it so relaxing RIGHT? Totally.

These are awesome! I love how you use 'color' fill adjustments. <3

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Date: 2013-09-15 08:56 pm (UTC)
timetobegin: (lots | cara & kahlan)
From: [personal profile] timetobegin
this is so much funnnnnn

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