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she's an old time ambassador ([personal profile] verdure) wrote2012-03-02 10:54 pm

stack stackin my papers

aww heck yes it's an ICON TUTORIAL

So this is my basic coloring that I use for just about everything! I have several different colorings that I used based on what I'm making icons of, but this is kind of my generic fit-all. So we're starting with this, since it's just what I happened to have.

1. So, first of all, duplicate your base layer and set it to screen. Generally 24% is good, but you may need to go up or down depending on your base!

2. Make a new layer and fill it with #DAD8A8. Set this layer to multiply, 38%.


3. Make a new layer and fill it with #72604F. Set this layer to color, 28%.


4. Make a new layer and fill it with #152E61. Set this layer to exclusion, 66%.


5. Make a new layer and fill it with #320000. Set this layer to lighten, 100%.


6. Ugly as hell, right? Here's where it starts to get better! Duplicate your base and bring it to the top. Set it to color, 68%.

7. Duplicate your base layer again and bring it to the top, but set this one to soft light, 100%. It looks pretty good, right? You may be happy with this, but I like to do a little bit more to make it pop.

8. Add a Hue/Saturation/Lightness layer. The amount really depends on your image. In this case, both look alright, so this is where you get to play around with it. The first one has a Sat. of 10 and the second has a Sat. of 15. I generally don't mess with Hue or Lightness.

9. For adjustment, I used the Sat. 10 icon. Here's where the most important part comes in--Levels! Levels are amazing. You can play around with them if you want, but generally speaking, these settings work well for almost every image:
Input Levels: 0, 0.83, 225
Output Levels: 0, 255
Set it at 46% opacity.

10. Now color balance! This is another thing to play around with a lot, but I generally have more than one. The first one has these values:
Shadows: -16, 12, 14
Midtones: -8, 2, 22
Highlights: 1, 8, 17

11. And finally, another color balance layer, with these values:
Shadows: -9, 5, -11
Midtones: 0, 14, -4
Highlights: 6, 1, 6

These color balance layers don't work for everything, so I suggest playing around and adding more as needed! They're pretty easy to figure out—Just look for what color there's "too much" of, and adjust from there. :)