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03 September 2006 @ 07:31 pm
Tutorial: YUKI.N>  
I return!

I was making some icons today and I thought this one came out well and might be applicable to other icons, so I made a tutorial for it. I'll probably be posting a batch of Haruhi icons sometime in the future, actually.

Go from Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting to Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting in approximately 9 easy steps! Compatible with pretty much any version of Photoshop, and I'm sure it's possible to produce something similar in PSP.

Opening note: I'd absolutely love to see what you make with this! Feel free to post your results in comments. Also feel free to modify the process. But please don't copy the icon made in this tutorial--originality is more fun!

So first you make a black background.
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Then get your cap. I used this one of Nagato Yuki from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 10. As you can see, Yuki takes up a big horizontal part of the frame. This makes it hard to get a 100x100 icon. So what we'll do is crop just her and fill up the bottom with something else later.

Okay, so now paste it into your image and drag it to one edge. I put mine on the top; depending on your image you might want to put it somewhere else.
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Now take that layer and duplicate it three times, so you have a total of four. Set the top three to screen, and then gaussian blur the top two on 4.0.
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Then take the bottom copy of the picture, duplicate it, and drag it to the top. Set on overlay.
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After that, take a layer of #24FF5B and set it to soft light.
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Then make an adjustment layer of levels. Don't mess around with the master, but go to the dropdown in the top of the box that pops up and mess around with the red, blue and green so that it looks properly bright and vivid. This generally means taking the left end and sliding it toward the right end.
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Now what we do is creat an exclusion layer filled with #292659 on top.
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So now we're done with the coloring. Time to make it look spiffy. Set your foreground to black and get out the gradient tool. Use a regular linear gradient from foreground to transparent and just a little bit of an angle to create this effect:
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After that, add some text. I borrowed the lettering from the YUKI.N interface from the Haruhi opener from the cap here and pretty much cut and pasted it into my image and shrunk it down to fit.

Below that, I added just a couple lines of tiny text to fill in the space.
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And there's your icon!
(kita): Athrun: Soldieroversoul on September 4th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Yuki! ♥
Haruhi wins. :D;; -shot-

Lovely tutorial. Meming this, and will try out sometime soon. Thanks for sharing! n.n
One of the Lost Ones: Obi-Wantarnishedspider on September 4th, 2006 05:16 am (UTC)
This is a beautiful tutorial meming. ^-^
Sparrowsparrow015 on September 4th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
I like the tutorial, I even tried it out, but I'm having problems with the linear gradient thing, as in, I'm not understanding what you're trying to explain or I can't get the program with work with what I want. lol

Here's what I made: Image
Lingbrevet on September 4th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
If you're using photoshop, you can click and drag the cursor from one end to the other of the area you want the gradient to fill. Probably on a new layer. Does that help? I'm not sure how to explain it.

Nice-looking icon, btw!
hoo hoo: NejiTenshadowlipse on September 4th, 2006 08:26 am (UTC)
Very pretty icon <3 +Mems!
Pie the Piratedarkstarsdream on September 10th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
hey,I <3 this tut, but could you please explain adjustment layer of levels? I'm not quite sure what you mean ^^;;
Ling: chicks rulebrevet on September 14th, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
Sorry to reply so late! Um, in Photoshop, it's sort of at the bottom of the layers panel, there's sort of a circle that's half white and half black? If you click on that, it'll give you a little menu and one of the options will be "Levels". That's what you need.
ramencat on January 2nd, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Wonderful result. :3