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.19: tutorial 
21st-Jan-2008 08:47 pm
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(Originally requested by nezure. I was all too eager to put this tutorial together, since I used this coloring a loooot on my last batch.)

Go from Photobucket to Photobucket in ten hopefully easy steps!

Made in Photoshop CS2, uses two selective coloring layers. I'm writing this assuming you know the basics of cropping, sharpening, blending modes, etc.

This post was kind of my "jumping off" point for this coloring.



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1. So here's our base, cropped and sharpened and all that jazz. Hi, base!


2. Duplicate the base and set the blending mode to screen. Duplicate this layer and set the blending mode to soft light. Fiddle around with the opacities of the two layers until you've got something that's bright and contrasty, but not blinding. ^^ For this particular icon, I kept the opacities of both layers at 100%.
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3. With this coloring, you don't want your base to be that colorful. However, seeing as this is an Advent Children screencap, it's waaaay too washed out to work. So, I added a hue/saturation adjustment layer and set the saturation to +21. On other icons using this coloring, though, such as this one, you might actually need to decrease the saturation by about 20. Anyway, this is about what you should end up with -
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4. Now for the actual coloring. Create a new raster layer and flood fill with #b9cfff and set the blending mode to soft light.
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5. Create a new raster layer and flood fill with a really dark blue, closer to black than anything else. Try around #020314. Set the blending mode to - you guessed it - exclusion and lower the opacity to 75%.
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6. The blue is nice, but Yuffie's getting awfully washed-out. Create a new raster layer and flood fill with #e3e3e3 and set the blending mode to color burn.
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7. Now comes the selective color. Make a new selective color adjustment layer and use it to add some warm tones back into the icon, like so:
REDS:
Cyan -78%
Yellow +33%
Black +82%

WHITES:
Cyan -6%
Magenta -9%
Yellow +8%
Black +25%

NEUTRALS:
Cyan -7%
Magenta -5%
Yellow +7%
Black +17%

BLACKS:
Cyan -10%
Black +18%

...As you can see I went a little crazy with it. XD; Just play around with the settings until you've warmed up the colors and blackened up the blacks.
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8. Create a new raster layer and flood fill with darkish gray-blue. Something like #7493b7, maybe? Set the blending mode to soft light and lower the opacity quite a bit, maybe to 30% or so. Just play with the opacity till you get something you like.
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9. Add a new selective color adjustment layer and we'll play with the yellows this time.
YELLOWS:
Cyan +32%
Magenta +29%
Yellow +27%
Black +27%
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10. You could stop here, but I decided I wanted a bit more warmth, so I made a new raster layer and flood fill with #684718. Set the blending mode to soft light and lower the opacity to 32%.
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And that's it! This is a fun coloring because I've found it's pretty versatile.

Other icons made with this technique or some variation of it: Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

Comments 
22nd-Jan-2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Oooh, this is really neat! X3 It really does take some doing to get AC icons to be light enough without getting washed out. This one turned out awesomely! ^^ I love seeing the examples of some of the other ones using the coloring, too. They really are all so different. ^^ That Yuna one is just gorgeous!

Dang, Rikku's pose looks so strange to me. XD; I know the white thing is what she wears on her arm, and yet the angle just looks so odd, like her arm is coming out of the wrong place or something.
8th-Mar-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
I'm late to this party but found you by just wandering by but I'm mem'ing this for reference. Thanks!! :) i mostly use KH screencaps but I find the washed out problem a lot so hopefully this will help. ^^
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