Shane (thelightbox_x) wrote in liesofmidnight,
Shane
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Tutorial : {Sid Hammerback}

I wasn't quite sure if I would reveal my latest coloring style, but a few people have asked for the method
and when I create every batch of icons (with this style) I usually do some tweaking with the style anyways.

So, here is a tutorial for my style I've been using lately, but the inputs are most referable to my CSI icons and House.

When trying it out, make it your own: mess around with the opacities and color ranges. But you've probably heard this before. Anyways,
on with the tutorial!

Going from to in Photoshop CS.
Involves layers, curves, color balance, hue/sat, selective color. Most likely for intermediate / advanced users.

Other Examples Using This Coloring:


[ 1 ] Crop your image to 100x100 and duplicate the base two times. Set to screen @ 100%. Sharpen the top screen layer.



[ 2 ] Create a New Adjustment Layer > Hue Saturation. Input the following inputs.
Master: Hue: 0 / Saturation: +36 / Lightness: 0
Yellows: Hue: 0 / Saturation: +32 / Lightness: 0
Cyans: Hue: 0 / Saturation: +51 /Lightness: 0
Blues: Hue: 0 / Saturation: +35 /Lightness: 0
[Note: Depending on your icon, these levels may be different]
Hit Ok.



[ 3 ] Create a New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. Input the following inputs.
Midtones: -15/-47/+13
Shadows:  25/0/+14
Highlights: 0/0/0
Make sure that Preserve Luminosity is checked.
Hit OK.



[ 4 ] Create a New Adjustment Layer > Curves. Under RGB input
Input: 110
Output: 136

My curves screen looks like this:


(once again, it’ll vary depending on the icon)
Click OK.



[ 5 ] Create a New Adjustment Layer > Selective Color. These were my inputs.
Reds: Cyan: -100 / Magenta: +3 / Yellow: +100 / Black: 0
Yellows: Cyan: +47 / Magenta: 0 / Yellow: -39 / Black: 0
Greens: Cyan: +48 / Magenta: 0 / Yellow: 40 / Black: 0
Neutrals: Cyan: +52 / Magenta: -14 / Yellow: -18 / Black: 0
Method: Relative

Click OK.



[ 6 ] Create a New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. Input the following inputs.
Midtones: -61/+25/+7
Shadows:  0/0/0
Highlights: 0/0/0
Make sure that Preserve Luminosity is checked.

Click Ok.



[ 7 ] Create another New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance. Input the following inputs.
Midtones: -46/0/+40
Shadows:  0/0/0
Highlights: 0/0/0
Make sure that Preserve Luminosity is checked.

Click Ok.



[ 8 ] However I’m not quite done.  I took a texture, placed it on the icon, moving it around so it’s not on the icon exactly evenly, set it on Difference @ 80%. My final result was this:



Phew! That took a bit to write up. Lol. I hope you enjoyed that tutorial as much as I enjoy using it on my icons. =} Remember, mess around with the opacities and levels of the adjustment layers. Using the exact tutorial may not work on every photo/screencap.

If you want to download the PSD for this tutorial, you may do so, here.

Other examples using the same technique:


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