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13 February 2005 @ 10:26 pm
 
I figured I should write a few more tutorials for my site. Just to have something to update. So here goes.

Tutorials for these two L&O:SVU icons that I posted in . . . some entries earlier.


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How to make this icon using gradients and a few brushes. This tutorial is for Photoshop 7 or Photoshop CS (8). If you use Paint Shop Pro, I'm sure what I'm about to do here will translate to PSP also. It's a really simple icon, but it's NOT for beginners.



This tutorial is for wickedandcruel who asked me how I made this icon so politely. So I figured, why not write a tutorial so others can see how I did it as well?? =] And I was very much inspired by interview_ (who makes gorgeous icons) to write tutorials. Just cause I can. ;]



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01 | I started with this base. This has been cropped, resized, and smoothed out. In other words, this image has been fixed. If you're unsure how I created this base, please refer to my cropping and smudging tutorials for beginners.



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02 | Create a new layer and add a brush by goth_clark in a light pink color #FFE6E6. Note: the brush is put on a black background so it can easily be seen because of such a light pink.

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03 | Now choose another brush by the same person, with the same color #FFE6E6 and put it on a new layer. Then take a round brush about 65 pixels in diameter and erase the parts with Olivia and Elliot. I tend to use brushes from the same person on a specific icon to make it easier to remember where I got the brushes from.

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04 | Create a new layer (yes, again) and use a brush from elli in (oh my!) light pink, #FFE6E6 again.

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05 | Looks kinda ugly. =[ Eewww. Yuck. So (ahhh!) make a new layer and set the blending mode to screen. Then add a gradient. If you're using Photoshop, it's one of the default gradients, in the Pastels set. If you're using some other programs, the five colors for the gradients are (in order):

Yellow: #FAE5B0
Pinkish-orange: #F4BEB2
Pink: #EE95AC
Lighter purple: #B67DAD
Darker purple: #836AAF


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06 | Eeepsss!! Where in the world did they go??! Duplicate the base TWICE and drag both of them to the very top, on top of all the brushes and the gradient layers. Desaturate both of them Image > Adjustments > Desaturate and set both of them to soft light.

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07 | Now, on top of all the layers, create a new layer (are you getting tired of this?) and choose a default round, soft-edge brush, in white #FFFFFF, about 35 pixels in diameter and brush down the middle of the icon, between Olivia and Elliot. Then go to Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur and choose about 3 px. Adjust the opacity to 90%, or however you like it.

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08 | Now add another layer and choose a heart brush by jeweledicecream. Using the same color as the other brushes #FFE6E6, add it in between Olivia and Elliot.

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And there you have it! A finished icon! It's one of my more simple icons. Short, and sweet.
I even named the icon after jeweledicecream because I am sooo not original when it comes to text and names (notice I have no text on this icon, and you will not see much text on many of my other ones either).



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This is my Layers Pallette after I finished the icon. You can use it for reference.









Another one, using pretty much the same style.



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01 | I started with this base. This has been cropped, resized, and smoothed out. In other words, this image has been fixed.

I used a cap I made myself using PowerDVD. The cap really sucked because when played on the computer, the DVD had the worst quality ever. Seriously, I thought I was gonna die because the cap was so bad. Even when I cropped and resized it, and sharpened and smudged, and did all that other stuff, it was still horrible. You can tell in the base below. But don't worry, the art of making great icons is that no one will know you had a really really horrible cap.



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02 | This tutorial is very much like the Jeweled Love one, cause I made them at the same time. Create a new layer and use a brush from disorderedmind with the color #FFE6E6. Use the erase tool to erase the part with Olivia in it.



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03 | *dies* So ugly. =[ Create another layer and use the same color, with a brush from _joni.

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04 | Getting better, but still sooo ugly. Make a new layer and add another brush by _joni in the same color.

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05 | Next up, a gradient! This one is from crumblingwalls. The colors are #60517C and #81506D.

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06 | Duplicate the base TWICE (like in the Jeweled Love one) and drag both of them to the very top. Desaturate</b> both of them Image > Adjustments > Desaturate and set both of them to soft light.

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07 | Ooohhh!! Shinnyyy!! Create a new layer, using the color white and a brush from _joni, I added the brush to the right side of the icon. You can pretty much use any brush here, since all you really want is white border on the right. So just pick any square-ish or rectangular-ish brush you have in your brush pallette and use it. No need to be picky.

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08 | Using the same brush, I brushed it three times on a new layer and then sharpened it once.

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09 | Next, choose a white, round, soft-edge brush about 24 px and apply it to the bottom right corner of the icon. Gaussian blur it about 5 px.

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10 | Now for text.

Text: Sweet
Font: Another Typewriter
(dafont)
Blending Options > Gradient Overlay: #FFFFFF & #671D66

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11 | Then another layer, using the same font, but a black color this time, and tiny font size, type in . . . uhh . . . anything. It can't be read anyways. That's the point. I put it "all the things she said" cause that was the song that was playing on my playlist. Creative, eh?? *pokes*

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And you're done! Phew! That took more steps than I remembered.



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This is my Layers Pallete after I finished the icon. You can use it for reference.






Questions? Comments?
 
 
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you make me touch your hands for stupid reasons: your sun's coming outamaltheia on February 14th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Just one comment, other than "pretty!"

In the first tutorial, step 7, you've got the second icon pic used instead. Other than that... yay. :D
Meeps!: oh for the love of g-- uuhhh bedtime!dark_soul_lost on February 14th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Damn it Vicki! You are SO fast! I was JUST about to edit the entry too! Cause I just caught the mistake, and I was like 'eepss! what the hell is this??' and then there it is, your comment telling me I made the mistake. Ahhh. *hides*
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lumpbotflumpbotf on February 14th, 2005 07:12 am (UTC)
Wow thats cool!
Meeps!: meet bookie - he's minedark_soul_lost on February 14th, 2005 07:16 am (UTC)
Why thank you Abrin. You're cool too. XD
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orchestrachik89 on February 14th, 2005 07:29 am (UTC)
omg! thanks someone requested icons like these to me and i said ok but i had no idea how to make them thanks so much!
Meeps!: weiss // LJ - how_iconicdark_soul_lost on February 14th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
You're welcome very much. Now you don't have to write a tutorial for that person. =]
JL: Random: jayl on February 14th, 2005 07:31 am (UTC)
These look great, I can't wait to try them out!

Thanks so much for sharing :D
Meeps!: as all heroes fightdark_soul_lost on February 14th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
You're welcome. Have fun with them and remember to make lots and lots of pretty icons!! Icons are love.
sara c: WOMANmiss_sarac on February 14th, 2005 07:47 am (UTC)
NICE! It's not too often you see SVU tutorials----I make lots of them myself

*saving to memories
sara c: POODLESmiss_sarac on February 14th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
oh & I added you to my friends list because, well, you like Pepsi(and a bunch of other things I do), so that makes you neat!
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rmh: tearob0t on February 14th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
haha, baoie, your icon-making is so complicated!!!

anyway, about that small text, do you ever put horrible things in it like 'i fart a lot & i like it' or like 'i eat small cats' or like 'baby killers 4 life' or anything? i think that would be totally sweet.
Meeps!: greg - lab rat - grrr!!dark_soul_lost on February 14th, 2005 09:32 am (UTC)
Ahhh!! Not complicated!! They are awesome!! Hahha!!


And about that small text, no Ruby, I do not put any remotely horrible as that. But that is a good idea!!! *grins* I may do that next time!! You smart smart woman!! *worships*
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andrea: endless cute [darkjosh]wickedandcruel on February 14th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
yay!! Thanks a bunch!! They're great. *add to memories*

I just *so* love this coloring *g*

Btw, the first cap, you did it yourself? If not, would you mind telling where you got it?^^ It's just so pretty *g*
Meeps!: jen // LJ - how_iconicdark_soul_lost on February 15th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Why thank you. *blushes*

Yes, all the SVU caps I made myself. It's from the Season 1, Ep 1, I think. Though it could be from Ep 2, I can't remember now. I have a website in which I will post my caps for CSI, SVU, CI, and such. But I get so lazy and never get to it, cause I have like, five million caps. Ahhh, so awful.
teh stunt double_spindrift on February 14th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm going to add this to my memories. :D
I didn't see anything in your info about adding people,if you don't would it be okay to add you to my friends list?
Meeps!: miranda // LJ - interview_dark_soul_lost on February 15th, 2005 06:53 am (UTC)
=] And you're welcome to add me! I would be more than honored. <3 I will of course, add you back.
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pretty when you crykata5trophe on February 14th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
Nice technique. I'll add this to memories and try it out later. <3
my dreams will match up with my payterra_katta on February 14th, 2005 07:11 pm (UTC)
:O!!! I thought I was the only one obsessed with SVU!

Thanks for the tutorials! They are memoried! XD
Meeps!: i am virus - i live in silencedark_soul_lost on February 15th, 2005 07:05 am (UTC)
I started watching SVU and got hooked! So I watched the whole Season 1 DVDs in about 2 weeks! Everyday, it was SVU, SVU, and more SVU.
{amanda}: beautiful faithshallow_smiles on February 14th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Wondermous...SVU = teh sex...I'm a big E/O shipper so this struck my fancy immediately. :D Thanks, added to memories.
Breanna: Feel?amethyst_fluff on February 14th, 2005 11:17 pm (UTC)
I loved this tutorial! And Mariska and Chris rock. Anyways, this is what I got:



I made the latter orange instead of pink, just because it seemed a little creepy on my icon. Yours turned out better, but I always like to let people see how well their tutorials work on people as feeble minded as myself.
Meeps!: gimli // LJ - proverbial_icondark_soul_lost on February 15th, 2005 07:17 am (UTC)
OMG I TOTALLY LOVE THE FIRST ONE!!!


Okay, *calms down* The first one is simply amazing. I very much like your choice of text, since I really suck at text. And your cropping job is fabulous because it's unique, the face is not smack in the middle, and I really like how you can only see one side of her face. I also adore the layout of your text, and the different kinds of fonts. As for the second icon, what an expression to go with the text!
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dazed85 on February 15th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
They're cool!


Ohhh may I *borrow* your ever-so gorgeous Eric icon? *swoon* ; *thud*
Beautiful!
Meeps!: oh for the love of g-- uuhhh bedtime!dark_soul_lost on February 15th, 2005 07:25 am (UTC)
Which one do you mean? An Eric Bana icon?? You can use it, I'm sure, but you have to credit the person who made it, which isn't me.
every hour wounds. the last one kills.: happy you love me by mejenlynn820 on February 15th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
Pretty icons and great tutorials :) Added this to my memories, thanks :)
Kasiya Creationskasiya_icons on February 17th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
I made this icon using your second tutorial. :)

Meeps!: Mr. Bob!dark_soul_lost on February 17th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ohhh!! I especially like your cropping technique! I would never have the courage to crop an icon that doesn't have the face smack in the middle. Good job on that icon! What font is that you're using on the 'sweet?' Don't tell me it's Another Typewriter, cause that would be bad of me to not recognize the font I love best.
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