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Peter, is your social worker in that horse?

14. Tutorial


Program: Photoshop CS3
Steps: 8
Involves: Fill layers, Curves, Levels, Color Balance, Gradient Map and dubilcated layers.

01. Firstly, I dublicated the base twice, and set the first one to Screen and the second one to Soft Light. This makes the icon brighter + takes away some of the washed out-ness.

02. Then I added to fill layers, both set to Soft Light. The first one with a light blue/purple-ish color, I used #a8a1ea. This removes some of the yellowness. For the second fill layer, I used a rusty-pinkish red color, I chose #a88080. That adds some redness, and removes some of the greenness.

03. Now, a Levels layer. Which one of my favourite things in Photoshop. It creates such great contrast, and brightens up things.
I made some contrast, added some light and made it a little yellow-er by using these settings:

RGB; Input levels: 39, 1,40, 250.
GREEN; Input levels: 6, 1,05, 247. Output levels: 0, 251.
BLUE; Input levels: 3, 1,02, 249. Output levels: 1, 253.

04. Another tool which is great for contrast and brightness editing is Curves. I made it brighter and created some more contrast with these settings:

RGB; Point one, Output 203, Input 187. Point two, Output 38, Input 40.
RED; Output 143, Input 146.
GREEN; Output 222, Input 223.
BLUE; Output 143, Input 141.

Too make the effect more visible, I dublicated the curves layer, and set it to 30%.

05. Color Balance to add more red, and get rid of some yellow-greenness. Here's the settings I used:

Midtones: -9, -5, +1.
Shadows: +18, -4, -10
Highlights: -15, -5, 0

Remember to have the "Preserve Luminosity" checked.

06. Another Levels layer to brighten it up;

RGB; Input levels: 8, 1,18, 253. Output levels: 2, 252

07. For even more brightening up, Brightness/Contrast is awesome. I used +5 for Brightness and +1 for Contrast.

08. The final step, to make the light and shadows more vivid, I made a Gradient Map (Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Gradient Map). I chose the Black&White gradient (Black to the left, white to the right). And set it to Soft Light.

Other icons with similar coloring method;

And done! Please use this more as a guide, than a "recipe". If you have any questions, just ask! This took a while to make, so if you like it, please comment!
Tags: !tutorial, movie: the duchess

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