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27 September 2009 @ 01:04 am
Tutorial 1: River  
From tut1a.png image by tuts77 to tut1h.png image by tuts77

Uses colour balance, curves, selective colouring. Uses CS3.

NO PSD. Please don't ask.

This is my first tutorial, so please be gentle/ask if you need more clarification. Also, I save most of my PSDs, so feel free to request other tutorials.

1. tut1a.png image by tuts77
I started off my cropping this cap of River from the final episode of Firefly using the crop tool on the left sidebar. If you need to sharpen your base, do so now (I highly recommend the "smart sharpen" filter under Filter --> Sharpen).

2. tut1b.png image by tuts77
The cap was really dark, so I duplicated my base twice (CTRL + J) and set them both to the Screen blending mode at 100% opacity. You may need more/less screen layers, or to adjust the opacity... Every cap is different!

3. tut1c.png image by tuts77
The screen layers washed out the cap quite a bit, so I duplicated the base again and set it to the Soft Light blending mode at 75% opacity to bring back a bit of contrast.

4. tut1d.png image by tuts77
I then added a colour balance layer to brighten the icon a bit while maintaining a good contrast level, and to bring out some reds and greens.
My settings were:
Midtones +18 +19 +6
Shadows +11 +6 +8
Highlights +17 +8 -8

5. tut1e.png image by tuts77
I thought it was a tad too bright now, so I added a curves layer to very subtly darken the icon a bit.
My settings were:
Output 128
Input 137

6. tut1f.png image by tuts77I then added a Selective Colouring layer. I usually use SC layers close to the end to bring out colours I want to be more vibrant in my icons. In this case, I was mainly bringing out red and yellow.
My settings were:
Reds 0 0 0 +19
Yellows 0 0 0 +24
Greens 0 0 0 +26
Cyans 0 0 0 +100
Neutrals 0 0 +11 0

7. tut1g.png image by tuts77
I wanted even more contrast, so I added a brightness/contrast layer and put the contrast at +23.

8. tut1h.png image by tuts77
You could stop at that last step if you wanted, but this particular icon was part of a set, so I added this texture by noisettee, set to Screen at 100% opacity.

tut1i.png image by tuts77
That's it! Hope you liked it... Show me any results!

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린covermeblack on September 28th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
Kinda tweaked it... but just abit. Hmmm..
twixcoffeecrisp7 on September 28th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Looks great! I used some pretty radical selective colouring in the original, so it'll definitely require some tweaking to adhere to your particular cap.
redheadxm0mentredheadxm0ment on September 29th, 2009 02:58 am (UTC)
Very very good for a first tut, I had a lot of trouble when I first started writing them, so props! :)

Here was my result:

twixcoffeecrisp7 on September 29th, 2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad it was useful! Your icon looks great =D
nuddyhe: pic#114387510nuddyhe on July 21st, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)