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11 March 2007 @ 09:10 am
Icon Tutorial 1  
Today we'll turn this: (Scan by teefytartar) to:


Firstly, duplicate the first layer 3 times. Depending on your picture you may want to exclude a couple of things. Starting from the top, set the first top layer to the blending mode Soft Light, Opacity 100%, the second layer from the top to the same blending mode and opacity as the one above. The Third layer from the top, set that to the blending mode Screen, Opacity 50% and you should end up with this:

Now create a new layer and fill it with #012233 and set the blending mode of that layer to Exclusion, Opacity 100%.

Create another layer and fill it with #a2e1fe and set the blending mode of that layer to Color Burn, Opacity 100%.

Now comes the tricky part. Duplicate your base layer (the first layer) and bring it to the top. Desaturate this layer by going to Image>Adjustments>Desaturate. Sharpen this layer (Filter>Sharpen>Sharpen) and set this layer to blending mode, Softlight, Opacity 100%. I duplicated this layer another 2 times but you might not have to.

Look at the difference this makes:

1 Desaturated layer:

2 Desaturated layers:

3 Desaturated layers:

Now make another layer and fill it with #a2e1fe and set the blending mode of that layer to Color Burn, Opacity 100%

And it should look something like this:

Now we get to the texturing part. You can forget about this part if you want to. I got this texture from


Copy and paste this picture into your psd and set it's blending mode to Linear Burn, Opacity 100%

If i just left it like that it would look really odd. Like this: . So get your eraser tool and erase the parts of her face. Now it looks much better!


Now I got this texture from

arisubox. Here it is

Add it to your psd. I placed mine at the top of the psd so it looks like a border type thing. I also transformed it (Edit>Transform>Rotate) to around a 45 degree angle, and duplicated that layer and also put it at the bottom of the psd. I also erased some unwanted parts that would wreck the icon. You can do whatever you want though! It really depends on the picture you're using. Also don't forget to set the layer to Blending Mode:

Linear Burn, Opacity 100% Now mine looks like this


Now I simply just got a tiny text brush from www.colorfilter.net and brushed it in green. Whenever you make icons, try to use colours that look good with the picture. It'd be pretty weird having a green icon and then putting pink all over it.

Then I just added some text with the font "Carnivalee Freakshow" and I got this:

Current Music: Hitomi Shimatani - DESTINY -Taiyou no Hana-
frozen_heat141frozen_heat141 on March 11th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
Great tutorial ^___^
Winzonigirixx on March 11th, 2007 12:02 pm (UTC)
*makes love to your tutorial* 8D
adorablenabsadorablenabs on March 11th, 2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
Hi.. great tutorial have used to make my current icon.. thanx!
wwe_babywwe_baby on March 11th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
✫ Your voice is the only one that can reach me ✫crownings on March 18th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Did I ever tell you how much this tutorial taught me about Photoshop???

I love this tutorial, and I love you!!! =D Glad to see you here, hun!
Andrew Perezitsandrew on March 18th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
i think ive seen this
before. did you post
it somewhere else?
X2RADialbombericonicsupremacy on March 19th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've posted it on many forums before :P
ココナッツ.: Comatose Bunny Butcherkokorabbit5 on March 21st, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'll have to try this sometime =3

By the way, thanks for the add ^_^ Will add you back~
X2RADialbombericonicsupremacy on March 23rd, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
Ah, cool ^^ Thanks Koko! <3
ココナッツ.: I'm Here~Yuna Itokokorabbit5 on March 23rd, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
No problem :]

I finally tried it out, and here's what I got.
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It only looks different cause I have Elements @.@
X2RADialbombericonicsupremacy on April 12th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
Wow, that's really good! I'm glad it turned out right, cause I thought I might have done something wrong... :P
lawren™: Ni~yacarouselcues on March 29th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
aww, I thought this was so cute ^^
here's what I cam up with:

X2RADialbombericonicsupremacy on April 12th, 2007 06:04 am (UTC)
That's so cute! Mmmm hot Asian guys are just delightful :P
isabonitaisabonita on April 5th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
i cannot believe it yeaahh
this was my ever first tutorial of how making icons
this was my "basic" since i read it on AHO back then
thnaks alot for it *brings me back sweet memories XD*
Sng Jia Rongayu_wonderland on April 15th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Great tut girl!