These were originally requested by kyogou
(well okay, actually she just asked me how I did the coloring and I was like, "TUTORIALS?! Anything to avoid my gov homework! :D") This is my first time doing icon tutorials, sooo... I tried to explain the "why" rather than just the "what", so hopefully I succeeded in that. XD Go from to in six
hopefully easy steps!
Made in Photoshop CS2, uses an optional selective coloring layer. I'm writing this assuming you know the basics of cropping, sharpening, blending modes, etc.
1. So, here we have our base. I really loved the prevelance of the sky and the clouds (clouds...Cloud...haha) and the way the sun starts to come out at the end of the...ending, so I cropped it in such a way that it kinda sets Cloud against a big background. I sharpen it once, then go to edit >> fade sharpen... and uh, fade the sharpen. Usually I'll fade it down to about 50% or so, but obviously that's gonna vary depending on the picture. My theory is, better to under-sharpen in the beginning than over-sharpen, because you can always add more sharpen, you know? The brightness and contrast was already great, but you might need to fiddle with yours; you are gonna need a fairly bright base for this to work.
2. Create a new layer, and flood fill with #020020. Set this layer's blending mode to exclusion.
3. Duplicate your base layer and set the blending mode to soft light.
4. With your soft light layer selected, go to filter >> blur >> guassian blur... I'd say don't do much more than 1.0; somewhere around .05 oughta do it. (I think my exact value for this icon was .04, but IDK.) This is a totally optional step, but I loved it for this icon because it gives it a soft, sort of ethereal look, especially with the sun's rays in the background there.
5. It's pretty, but so washed out! Add a hue/saturation adjustment layer and pump up the saturation pretty good. (I used +44 on this icon.)
6. You could stop here, if you like, but I was afraid I was starting to lose Cloud in all the OMGBLUE so I added a selective color adjustment layer and put in these values -
(Removing the cyan and increasing the black pumps up the reds in the icon, so now Cloud's skin and hair is a little brighter and 'pops' a bit more.)
(This makes Cloud's uniform and the sky a bit bluer, but mostly it lightens them a little.)
And that's it!
Go from to in six
hopefully easy steps!
This coloring I really like because it adds rich, earthy tones to a fairly muted icon (i.e., an icon made from Zack's super-gray death scene! >_>). This is a nice coloring because it stands on its own, but you can also dress it up with a selective color layer or a dark blue exclusion layer or whatever when you're done.
Made in Photoshop CS2, translateable. I'm writing this assuming you know the basics of cropping, sharpening, blending modes, etc.
1. Heeere's our base! You don't need to hear the sharpening ramble again. XD
2. Toooo darrrkk! Duplicate your base and set it to screen. I kept the opacity at 100%, but obviously you may need to take it down.
3. Create a new layer and flood fill with #ebebeb. Set this layer's blending mode to color burn. (Just plain "burn" for your PSPers, IIRC.) This darkens up your shadows and makes the colors a bit richer.
4. Toooo graaay! Add a hue/saturation adjustment layer and up your saturation. Exactly how high you need to go depends on your icon of course, but my value ended up being +42.
5. Create a new layer and flood fill with #684718. Set this layer's blending mode to soft light. I lowered the opacity all the way down to 37% on this layer, because I didn't want it that dark. I just wanted to use the layer to warm up the colors a bit.
6. Create a new layer and add this gradient that I downloaded a frillion years ago from Oxioniensis Art. I...wanna say it was from the "World" set, but I'm not sure.
7. Set the gradient layer's blending mode to overlay. Take the opacity down, to about 40-45% in this case.
8. And that's really about it! Here I added "so far from you" in a white Arial pt. 8, with the kerning set to 100.
Hope it helped, comments are very much appreciated!
- Music:"sekai no yakusoku" - baisho chieko