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tutorial #4; sara sidle 
13th-Apr-2007 08:11 pm
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I've had a couple people ask me about my colouring, and unspell suggested I do a tutorial, so I did one for one of the icons from my last batch. :)

to in PS7. Uses curves and some selective colouring so sorry, but it's not entirely translatable. :(

A large chunk of the main settings are borrowed from this tutorial by nightcomes, so a shout out to her for that. ^_^b Also, I'm very futzy when I make icons, which you will learn shortly.

First we take this cap (courtesy of followtheroad @ csi-caps.com) and crop how you want.
Duplicate your base twice and set both to screen at 100% opacity.

Now create a new curves adjustment layer.
I like to separate the RGB and the other colours because it gives you
more flexibility when playing with opacities to get the final effect you want.
So, first layer: RGB: first point: I:255 O:231
second point: I:241 O:222
third point: I:162 O:179
fourth point: I:117 O:147
fifth point: I:62 O:53
sixth point: I:29 O:0
Set to soft light, opacity 68%

Second new adjustment layer
RED: first point: I:124 O:152
second point: I:93 O:14
GREEN: first point: I:209 O:255
second point: I:124 O:162
third point: I:99 O:129
BLUE: first point: I:175 O:209
second point: I:94 O:165
third point: I:55 O:117
fourth point: I:8 O:3
Also set to soft light, opacity 17%

Create a new colour balance adjustment layer:
midtones: C: +13, opacity 100%

Create a new colour fill layer and fill it with #2A6995, set it to soft light, opacity 65%.
Now this layer is a good one to play with, ie: if your image has more blue lower the opacity more,
if it has more red you can leave it at a higher opacity.

Make a selective colour adjustment layer. Leave this one at 100% opacity:
REDS: C:-100

Make a new hue/saturation layer: saturation +23, leave the opacity at 100%

Now for the last major layer, make a second selective colour adjustment layer, 100% opacity:

You can obviously leave it like this at this point, but here
are a couple of little things that I pretty much always do,
it's in the .psd file I use and I never touch it.
It just softens the icon without losing the colour saturation.

Paste this texture from wash_when_dirty twice, set the first layer to soft light at 20% opacity
and set the second layer to multiply at 16% opacity.

I also add some sort of dusty textures (like from peoplemachines) set to screen. For example add
at 53% opacity, at 100% opacity, and (from wash_when_dirty) at 13% opacity.


Now, I have to say that I love the dusty/scratchy textures except when they're
really rough and icky and cover the person's face, because that's really not necessary.
So play around with opacities and placement, and remember: moderation people! :D

This is really a tutorial that lets you see that you're not bound to
certain steps that you are given, you're allowed to play around! Play with layers,
fiddle with opacities, add something that wasn't mentioned anywhere in the
original tutorial. I mean, if I'd followed the steps verbatim and left everything the
way it was with the images I was working with, I would have gotten this:


Here are some other icons made with similar settings so you can see the variety of cap that this tutorial will work with. :)

You can find the .psd here.

14th-Apr-2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Amazing tutorial =) Had a fiddle around & came up with this;

14th-Apr-2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you could use it, and that looks v. nice! :D
14th-Apr-2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Great tutorial!
I've always wondered how you do the things you ;)
I made this one:

Thanks again!
14th-Apr-2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Sweet, that's so pretty! :D I'm glad you like it! It's such a good tutorial, and it's the only one that I've found that works really well with CSI caps (and I use it for pretty much everything) which I'm sure you know are a PAIN some times. ^_^b
14th-Apr-2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Ooo, awesome tutorial, definitely going to mem and try later.
15th-Apr-2007 12:31 am (UTC)
bookmarking to try later. looks great. always looking for ways to brighten dark caps.
15th-Apr-2007 01:49 am (UTC)
thank you =]
15th-Apr-2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Great tutorial!

I always find it hard to find a colouring that works for CSI, what with it being so dark. So I can definitely see myself using this in the future. Thank you!

15th-Apr-2007 09:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for this tut. I loved it and made this.

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15th-Apr-2007 10:55 am (UTC)
Very pretty result <3 add to memories (:
17th-Apr-2007 01:33 am (UTC)
I'm making an icon from CSI.

Anyway, I have a dumb question, I've never worked with curves before. When I make a curve layer, is it normal for everything to go to black and gray? like this: http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/2317/image1bk6.jpg
21st-Dec-2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Do you happen to have a .psd? Because when I go to do the first curves layer, it says 255 is not a valid input. :?

21st-Dec-2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Sure! Here.

Yeah, Photoshop does that to me sometime too, I'm not sure why. :p
21st-Dec-2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. I love you're coloring. :D
19th-Feb-2008 06:17 am (UTC)
I am absolutely in love with this coloring and am always looking for a coloring technique that will work with CSI images, so I wonder would you mind uploading the psd file again, if you still have it?! The reason for this is, whenever I'm working with curves layers they always give me a grey-ish color instead of what it supposed to do or it will tell me that the coordinate values are invalid. It's frustrating. lol.
25th-Feb-2008 07:18 am (UTC)
I know, CSI images/caps can be such a pain sometimes, so if I find a colouring that works I tend to stick with it. :p And I edited the entry to include the .psd file, I hope it helps!
25th-Feb-2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they can. They're so dark and they have so many vivid colors in them and it's hard to work with them. Thankfully, there are a few pretty good tuts dealing with that, out there. *g* Thank you for editing the post to include the psd file, I really do appreciate it and I cannot wait to try it out and see the results that I come up with. I'm quite sure it will help. *g* This is one of my favorite tutorials, it's just curves has it out against me. LMAO. ;)
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