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Icon redux

I'm glad the little basic icon tutorial I posted last week was useful to people. I'm hoping to tart it up a bit this week and post it to icon_tutorial.

There were good tips and suggestions in the comments as well, especially this technique to adjust the levels using the Curves dialogue, shared by justacat. I'd mark it as intermediate, not beginner -- definitely worth checking out.

If you're wanting more resources and tutorials, have a look at the aforementioned icon_tutorial. Lots of good stuff in the memories.

If you want to practice your icon making and get inspiration from other poeple, join multi_pass! Each week, a photo is posted of some character or other (last week, Leeloo, this week, Riddick) for us to make an icon of. Post the result and there's a very low-key competition at the end of the week. I don't really care about the contest, though. The best part is seeing what other people come up with. Often, they'll post a short "how-to" explaining what they did.

Do you have any cool tips or favourite techniques for icon making? I would love it if you would share them, either here, or in your LJ. (But please post a link here so I can find them all. *g*)

Here's one from me:

Making A Better Greyscale Image

You could just take a colour image and change the mode to greyscale, but you'll get a much better image if you follow these simple steps. This is for Photoshop -- not sure if this will work in PSP.

1. Select Image -> Mode -> Lab Color

2. On the Layers palette, click on Channels

3. Click on the Lightness layer; the other layers should turn off.

4. Copy that layer, paste into a new document, and Bob's your uncle.

Here's Odysseus in color, simply switched to greyscale mode, then done using the Lab Color method. (The difference isn't all that noticable at icon size, but try it on a larger pic and you'll see.)

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I posted a brush making tutorial a few months ago here.

Cool! I look forward to checking it out.

Very nice! I don't have either of those fancy programs, but I do enjoy your advice. Icon-making is very fun.

One thing I've found out in my limited experience is to play around with the cropping. Try all sorts of oddly placed selections. Because I can never tell what's going to look good until after it's cropped. Hence my current fascination with chins and lips.

You're so right about the cropping. (And I love how you've cropped your icon here.) It can add so much interest to do something unconventional.

Your icon is freaking me out.

Thanks to it, I've remembered that last night I dreamed of being at a small, intimate party with Sean Bean and Viggo Mortensen, who were in costume and kept sighing and reminiscing about shooting the films, and periodically disappearing into the basement, which was tricked out as Helm's Deep, to go slash at orcs.


Re: Your icon is freaking me out.

LOL! Sounds like LARPing to me.

Re: Your icon is freaking me out.

Only with more sex. (:

I was just reading through some old Vividcon posts, and someone says that you are crazygrrl. ::head explodes:: How did I not know this?

Um, hi. You don't know me. But Strange Disease rocks my world.

Re: Off-topic, but...

Oh, cool! Thanks so much! Yeah, my dual identity isn't a secret, but I'm not sure it's widely known. Maybe if I actually vidded some more, that would help. *g*

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