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22 February 2006 @ 08:55 pm
My first tutorial!  
I've got a lot of questions about how I get my vibrant, clean coloring style, so I decided to make a tutorial for those who would like to see how it's done.

Today, we'll be going from this:  to this:  using PSP8 in 7-8 steps.
Difficulty: Basic knowledge of blending options and the effects brower
Transferability: I'm almost 100% sure this can be transfered to Photoshop


First, I'm going to start out with this base of Robin from Teen Titans I made from one of my own caps . I usually use my own caps from my DVDs because this technique looks best when you use high quality images. 

Duplicate the base

Go to effects-blur-gaussian blur
You will now have this:

This is mucky and fug, so we now go to layers-layer properties-hard light.
That makes this lovely little deal:
Merge your layers

Still too blurry, so now, we'll do a little sharpening. I'll let you in on a little secret. If you want nice, sharp but not too sharp images, use the unsharp mask 
filter
instead of the regular sharpen filter. It gives you more contol over the degree of sharpness to avoid pixelation.
These are my unsharpen mask settings: 
Which leaves us with this:

Now, I think some of the areas around Robin's mask are a tad too sharp, so I'm going to take the soften tool and brush it around these spots at 5% opacity.
Now, we have this:

Duplicate the base

Go to effects-color balance-greyscale
Your icon should now look something like this:

This isn't color! But wait, we'll fix that. Now we're going to use a little-used blending layer, luminance. For this image, I put it on 50% opacity. I then merged 
my layers
, and once again used the unsharpen mask filter at these settings:
All this leaves us here:

Of course, if you like it textless, you can stop right there. But I thought it needed a lil' somthin' somethin', so I typed "in his shadow" on it, using the font 
Erin-Elizabeth, avaliable at www.fontgarden.com.
Annnnd, our final product is this:

That's my tutorial! I'd love feedback! Was it hard? Easy? Did it help you? Show me what you made with it! 

I hope you enjoyed it!
 
 
Current Mood: moody
Current Music: || Masks- Teen Titans episode ||
 
 
 
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semi_subtle on February 24th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is a big help! Thanks.
velocityburn on February 24th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Damn, that as fantastic!
lemonslices on February 24th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
sweeeet; memorying this.
theorygirl on February 24th, 2006 02:13 am (UTC)
That looks great! I'll have to try it out soon. Adding to memories.
xox__cynthia on February 24th, 2006 02:47 am (UTC)
I'm in love with you. X.x
thisisnotemily on February 24th, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
Having a small problem with this. It might be because I use PSPX, but when I go to greyscale, it greyscales both layers and won't allow me to use luminance on either layer. Any ideas?
acresofhope on February 24th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Might be that you're grayscaling the whole image. I don't know anything about PSPX, but maybe there is a desaturate option?
thisisnotemily on February 25th, 2006 06:14 am (UTC)
Indeed there is! Thank you so much.
acresofhope on February 25th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
No problem!
acresofhope on February 24th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
Nifty. Now I just have to figure out what to use instead of luminance in GIMP. I'll figure it out somehow.
your_downfall on February 24th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
Awesome tutorial!

Just out of curiosity (I've only very recently discovered the unsharp mask tool), what does the radius/strength/clipping bit do? I have a good idea in regards to radius/strength, but clipping... no clue how that applies to the image.
undead_milkman on February 24th, 2006 08:31 am (UTC)
Pretty slick technique! PS:CS2's layer options/blending layers are interfaced differently, so I had to wing a lot of it but I think I pulled it off.

Started with this:
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Ended with this:
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If you've never played Psychonauts, the after-image is actually a lot closer to the coloration of the actual game, but I think I may end up brightening it a bit.

This is a really cool method and it was rad of you to take the time to show everyone how it works. Thanks again :)
ravyn726 on February 24th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Memorizing. ♥
tainee on February 25th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! +memories ^_^
unrequited7love on February 25th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
YAY! >.< !!!
lobagris on June 9th, 2006 10:37 am (UTC)
Excellent tutorial! so simple and so nice!
adding to memories, thank you!