This tut is for PSP7, but I think can be easily translated into (almost) any graphics program.
Now, because I wasn't planning on being asked to make a tut on this, I didn't save the PSP file. Know what that means kids? I had to recreate it! I tried to get it as close as possible, and am pretty sure I did a few different techniques, but you get the idea. Besides, tutorials are for learning new things and fiddling with your own icons, right? Right. And two icons should never be the exact same, right? Right! We'll manage. lol
First, we start off with this cap. Pic from OutNow.Ch
Edit ; I just realized I posted the wrong "starter base" on this icon. *face-palm* Will fix when I get the chance!
Then I make a new layer, fill it with the gradient below, and set it at Soft Light at 100 opacity.
I then pasted the following texture (from icons_with_love) as a new layer, set it to Soft Light at 100 opacity. I like to change the colors of my textures a lot. There are lots of ways you can do this, but I changed this one by selecting that layer, going to Colors>Colorize and put in the values 140 Hue at 50 Saturation. It's blue-ish now!
Now we gradient this bitch up.
[That last oneone is pretty interchangable. Considering I couldn't recreate the exact gradient (and on this frelling monitor it looks like they're the same ones! growl),feel free to play around. You can always go back once the other layers are done and pick a color scheme that suites you more.]
Both applied on top of everything else, at Soft Light, 100 Opacity.
Now, I go down to my bottom layer - the Luke Cap. I copy that, and paste it as a new image. Go to Colors>Grey Scale. It's all black and white, ooh ahh. I go back to the Colors tab, and select Adjust>Brightness/Contrast. Set the brightness to 15, Contrast to 20. Copy that, paste it onto our icon, and set it to Screen at 100.
Go back to our original cap, duplicate it, bring it to the top, set it to Soft Light, opacity 66. This darkens it up a bit, and gives us back some detail.
Now! Another layer! Make a new layer, fill it with #2B2C53, and set it to Exclusion at 40 opacity.
Again, go back to the original cap, duplicate it, send it to the top, set it to Soft Light at 100.
Now, we're going to merge all our layers. This is what it should look like so far.
Duplicate our one and only layer, and set it to Mulitply at 50. Then - last step before the text! - I used the following brush. By whom, I can't remember *feels bad*. Let me know if anyone recognizes it.
Use the color #566C4A (or, colorize that brush image above using the way I already described, with the values Hue 70 and Saturation 50), set it to Soft Light and change the 50 opacity.
Okay, not exactly the same, but good enough. This is what we have now.
Text time! I create a new layer - my text layer - and using the color #051332; font Palantino Linotype at size 5; bold and all uppercase; one space in between each type up my wording, "Jedi Training". I then set that layer to Soft Light.
To make the line underneath, I create a new layer and using the same color I did for my text, and create a 1 pixel line with my line tool. I make it slightly longer than the text, and then go in with my eraser brush (100 size and opacity), go out away from my icon/the line and simply erase the edges (usually with only one or two clicks) to get that "fade away" sort of deal. You can also use motion blue (Effects>Blur>Motion Blur). You can then simply lower that layer's opacity or set it on Soft Light as well.
AND an older one for the following icon :
My first tutorial. How very exciting. Squee.
This is a full icon tutorial, inspired by about 3 requests on message boards and two from a community I post at asking me how I did it. So, Voila! Here it is.
We'll be making this icon, featuring Akasha.
First we start out with two bases I made myself, images from OutNow.Ch. Just crop and resize!
(base1) and (base2)
I'm going to need to merge the images together first (what an idea!). There are alot of ways you can smush two or more pictures together, and the technique that you choose to use often varies on the look you're going for, image size, and of course what sort of pictures you're using.
Fortunately, I usually always get pictures that can be blended via the easiest (and my favorite!) way : erasing.
I copy and paste base1 onto base2. What I'm going for here is base2 as the faded Akasha in the background. I set my eraser brush size to 200, go out a ways from my image, and start erasing bits from base1 one click at a time. This type of blending involves a lot of trial and error, so have the 'undo' button ready. And while it may be a bit tedious, you have control over the final project. You can adjust the opacity, size, what's included and what's not, etc. Not too hard.
Okay, so I've got my images blended to my satisfaction. If you find that the image in the background is a bit to dark, lower the eraser brush size to 50 or so and go lighten up the image by erasing what ever is left over it on the top layer. I happen to like it being a bit dark so I'm going to leave it that way. We now have this.
I'm now going to duplicate the layer as a new image, and make it black and white using grey scale (Colors > Grey Scale). It's a bit to "blah" to do anything with it, so I'm going to adjust the brightness and contrast (Colors>Brightness/Contrast). I set the brightness to 15, and the contrast to 20.
I then copy that, paste it onto our blended image as a new layer, and set it to "Overlay" (Layers>Properties>Overlay).
New layer time! Set this one to "Exclusion", flood fill with "#000040" and 51 opacity. It's all ... exclusion-y. We could very well leave the icon here, but we shant. Because then this tutorial would be short and boring! ... More so than it already is.
Now we add a gradient. This one, in fact. Yay for picking colors!
We're going to create a new layer for it UNDER our original black and white image that we overlayed. This should make it the second layer. Set the gradient layer to "Overlay".
Now the time comes my dears for textures. All these come from the wonderful icons_with_love
(text1) (text2) and text3
Our first texture - text1 - we set as a new layer above our exclusion layer as Soft Light at 100 opacity. Above that place text2 as a new layer, and set it to Multiply at 50 opacity. And finally! Text3. Originally, this texture was orange in hue. That would have made the icon a bit too bright, so I changed the color.
Color changing is something I do a lot in most of my icons, and I usually have to fiddle with colors untill I find the one that works. There are a lot of easy ways to do this, but I prefer probably the most primative. You can either :
a.) Create a new "color" layer over your texture (before merging layers and pasting it on your icon) and flood fill that layer untill you get it right.
b.) Go to Colors>Colorize and mess with the variables there. For this particular texture color change, I set the Hue to 0 and the Saturation to 50.
Now that I have it colored, I take text3 and paste it as a new layer above everything, setting it at Multiply at 20 opacity.
After some consideration, I've gone back to my Exclusion layer (layer 4) and changed the opacity from 51 to 21. It was looking a bit too "yellow" before. So, now I have this.
We go back down to our original black and white overlay layer, duplicate it, and send it to the top. Here, set it at Soft Light. Now we have this.
No brushes on this icon, however ones could easily be added on. Less is more! Merge all layers together.
I usually add my borders first, before the texty goodness. Just because I like to put boundaries on where I can place my text and so forth. I'm using something simple for this icon; just two strips of color. One on the top and one on the bottom. You can do this by using your Selection tool, and simply selecting a rectangle across the bottom. Or, drawing it with a line. My bar is 4 pixels. I used to color #E0D9C8 for the fill.
Make sure that your border is on a new layer seperate from the icon if you are going to fiddle with it's properties or opacity! To tone it down, I set my border's opacity to 90.
Akasha was the bomb - *cough*even if she was a jerk to Lestat in the end and I was happy when her head got ripped off *cough* - so let's use one of her more complementary titles for the text. " Queen of Heaven"
Merge all layers.
I create a new layer which will hold the text. "Queen of Heaven", all capitals, #CAC4B4, size 5, Arial Black, italicized.
Behind that I create a new layer, and with the selection tool, create a rectangle (I used the "point to point" option, to make my rectangle a bit more "free") behind the text. I then flood that selected area - remember! this is a new layer underneath the text layer! - with #291312. You can leave it like that, but I always add some sort of blur to my text-enhancing boxes. In this case, I used a Gaussian Blur (Effects>Blur>Gaussian Blur) with a 3.00 radius. Ohh, blury goodness.
And there we have it!