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Tutorial #6 and 7 
21st-Aug-2007 12:28 pm
Today, I've got two tutorials for PS7 (non-translatable, sorry!):

How to go from to

Start by cropping your image into 100x100. Sharpen if necessary.

Add a curves adjustment layer to make it brighter and less yellow:

RGB: 24/24, 124/137
Red: 27/23, 217/219
Green: 108/103
Blue: 59/56, 243/247


Add a selective color layer to bring out the reds and blues:

Reds: -26, 0, +7, 0
Yellows: -8, 0, +21, 0
Cyans: +95, 0, -81, 0
Blues: +31, 0, -63, 0
Neutrals: +6, 0, -8, 0

Set to Absolute.


Duplicate the first curves layer to make brighter and enhance contrast.

Set to normal 35%.


This step is optional, but I feel the icon is a bit too bright now, so add a brightness/contrast adjustment layer:

Brightness: -3
Contrast: +2


Add some text, and place it near her shoulder (Arial, 5 pt, leading 4 pt, tracking –25; in #2360B0).


And you’re done!
Download the .psd file here.

Second tutorial:
Go from to to

Do all the necessary cropping, sharpening, resizing.

Add a curves layer to brighten things up.

RGB: 21/27, 109/160
Red: 190/203
Blue: 69/62, 237/238


Add another curves layer to create more contrast:

RGB: 33/29, 126/132
Red: 36/32, 226/238
Green: 58/52
Blue: 71/61, 240/247

Set to soft light, 100%.


Make a new selective color layer to make her skin rosier and make the colors more saturated.

Reds: -24, 0, +9, 0
Yellows: -6, 0, +20, 0
Greens: +44, 0, +67, 0
Cyans: +58, 0, -73, 0
Neutrals: +3, 0, -5, 0

Set to absolute.


You can download the .psd file for this icon here.

The first part is done, and you can leave your icon as is, or you can paste it onto a textured background for a different icon.

First, we’re going to prep the base.

Take this texture from discolore as the background. Add this texture, also by discolore and paste it on top. Set to color burn, 100%.

+ =

Paste this third texture again by discolore and set to color burn, 100%.

+ =

Now we can start to add on the image.

Add a 60x60 white square in the middle. This will serve as a kind of frame for the icon we just made.

Resize the Ellen icon to 50x50 and paste it in the middle.

I usually find that after you resize an icon, it looks a bit duller, so I’m going to add a hue/saturation layer.

Saturation: +10.

And that’s it! Of course you can add other stuff to it, like more textures, text, etc. Go crazy!

I'd love to see what you guys come up with!

Like what you see? Join us @ icon_supernova.
21st-Aug-2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
love the first one!
were did u get those keira photos?:)
21st-Aug-2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Those are from hires_hotties, and you should look under their tags for Keira Knightley. It's the Vogue US - June 2007 shoot.
21st-Aug-2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
thanks ;]
21st-Aug-2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
ahh i sooo love love love ALL your tutorials. Meming these.
22nd-Aug-2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
thanks :)
28th-Nov-2007 06:28 am (UTC)
is tat Amy Adams in ur icon??
Where'd u get her pic from??
22nd-Aug-2007 01:27 am (UTC)
i snagged the psd files. beautiful colouring!
22nd-Aug-2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
thank you!
22nd-Aug-2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
These are both SO pretty! I'll def post if I get a chance to try them. :D
22nd-Aug-2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
downloading the 1st psd
thx ♥
23rd-Aug-2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Outcome on them looks fantastic! thanks
26th-Aug-2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
great tuts! downloaded =]

26th-Aug-2007 07:51 pm (UTC) - Thanks
Thank you for the first tutorial it has been my first icon and my first contact with photoshop too hehe. I have credit you

27th-Aug-2007 04:57 am (UTC)
Gorgeous icons! Thanks so much for making these tutorials. Your coloring is fantastic.
29th-Oct-2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Hooooly god I love this tutorial! I went from to I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out!! *3* Totally meming!
3rd-Nov-2007 02:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
29th-Nov-2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
both tuts look amazing, I specially love the coloring in the first one. Will try it out for sure & credit. Thanks!! =D
28th-Feb-2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
2nd ones gr8!
8th-May-2008 07:42 am (UTC)
really cool-I'm going to try this for sure :) thank you
7th-Dec-2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
love these! mem'ing!
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