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First Icon Tutorial

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Find out how to make this icon



Alright this is my first tutorial so be gentle. Comments will be most greatly appreciated and welcomed.

Requested by _milz_ from this post.


First I start off with this picture of Emilie that I got from Lost Media. Usually I like to work with pictures of higher resolution, but since I was too lazy to look for one I used this one. Now I cropped, resized and sharpened it once since the original was already sorta sharpened.

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Now that we have our base we can start playing around with it. We duplicate the base and set it to Soft Light Opacity 100%
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I think she looks a bit too pale so I add a peachy gradient to give her skin some glow and set it so Burn Opacity 100%
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Next I add another gradient and set that to Burn Opacity 100%
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I like to add a lot of color gradients to the icon to make the colors pop out. So next I add another one and set it Burn Opacity 22%
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I also try to incorporate colors that are already in the icon and since Emilie is holding a purple flower I use this purple gradient and since the color is really heavy I set to Burn and lower the Opacity to 8%
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But I don't want the icon too dark so I brighten her up by using a light pink gradient and setting it to Soft Light Opacity 100%
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Next I add this gradient and set it to Exclusion Opacity 100%
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Now I didn't want the icon to be too white so I add another gradient and again set it to Exclusion but change the Opacity to 10%
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I add this gradient again set to Soft Light at 10%
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Now the icon is complete and you can finish here if you want, or add some text and you're done. But I wanted my icon textless and I decided to bring out Emilie's eyes a bit more. So I added a New Raster Layer (Layers>New Raster Layer) and with my Airbrush tool I colored in her eye with the color #40FFFF. I know it looks a bit weird, but set the layer to Color and you can change the Opacity to your liking. Since I wanted her eyes to pop out but be very subtle I left the Opacity at 12%.
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and Voìla your icon is done, now sometimes your icon can come out a bit too blury like this one below.


You can do three things to fix that.

A)Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen

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B)Duplicate your icon and Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen (or Sharpen More) and then play around with the Opacity depending on how you want the icon to come out. I used Sharpen More and changed the Opacity to 38% at Normal.

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Or the last and most comsuming method C)Duplicate your icon Adjust>Sharpness>Sharpen (or Sharpen More) and then use the Soften Brush to soften the areas you want. I used it on her face and on her hand.

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Orignally I stoped after I brighten her eye, but since the question for crispness was asked I added the last bit. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. =D

Icons using the same/similar technique


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Extra Notes:
-I used PSP 8 to make this icon.
-Comments are appreciated.
-Love to see what you come up with. =D
-For more of my icons see cristal_graphix
Tags: emilie de ravin, tutorials
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