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20 January 2008 @ 02:34 am
base.jpg image by carasposa to finish.jpg image by carasposa

Photoshop 7
Adjustment Layers (Curves, Colour Balance & Channel Mixer)
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Prep your base. I normally work on a full size picture and then crop once I've finished editing. I also never sharpen my base first - again, I always sharpen my base once I've finished editing. This time I used Variations {image-->adjustments-->variations}, I can't remember the exact settings I used but I think I went Darker, More Yellow, More Cyan.

base.jpg image by carasposa

02. Duplicate your base and set to SCREEN with 60% fill.

screen.jpg image by carasposa

Create a new colour fill layer {layer-->new fill layer-->solid colour) and fill with #341603. Set to EXCLUSION at 100% opacity.

exclusion341603.jpg image by carasposa

04. Obviously, it's too washed out now so to add some more colour I created another colour fill layer and filled it with #D23B3B and set it to SOFT LIGHT with fill and opacity both on 50%.

05. Go layer-->new adjustment layer-->gradient map. Chose the black & white gradient. Click 'okay'. Tick the box that says 'reverse'. {SCREENCAP}. If your using PSP, merge everything, dupicate, desaturate and invert the image. Set to SOFT LIGHT with opacity and fill both on 50%.

gradientmap.jpg image by carasposa

06. It's still really washed out so create another new colour fill layer and fill with #000000 set to SOFT LIGHT at 50%.

softlight000000.jpg image by carasposa

07. Create a Channel Mixer new adjustment layer.

Red: 0%
Green: 0%
Blue: 114%

channelmixer.jpg image by carasposa

08. Create a Colour Balance new adjustment layer.

Midtones: -20, 0, -13
Highlights: -5, 0, -6
Shadows: +1, 0, -1

colourbalance.jpg image by carasposa

09. The rest of the steps are just used to increase the brightness and contrast, because with this picture I wasn't happy with either. This is different for all pictures though & these settings mighten work for your pic... but I found that they did with most pictures. Create another colour fill layer and fill it with #E6E6E6 and set to COLOUR BURN at 100% opacity.

colourburnE6E6E6.jpg image by carasposa

10. Create a Brightness and Contrast new adjustment layer.

Brightness: -4
Contrast: +6

brightnesscontrast.jpg image by carasposa

11. Create a Curves new adjustment layer.

first point;
Input: 15 || Output: 0
second point;
Input: 119 || Output: 129
third point;
Input: 240 || Output: 255

first point;
Input: 15 || Output: 0
second point;
Input: 119 || Output: 129
third point;
Input: 240 || Output: 255

curves1.jpg image by carasposa

12. Create a Curves new adjustment layer.

first point;
Input: 117 || Output: 140

finish.jpg image by carasposa

Hope this was useful & If you use this to make icons I'd love to see the results =)

Nearly ALL the icons/headers in THIS post, was made using this colouring.
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "I Am" - Hilary Duff
Christina: {gg} reunitedchrischdi on January 19th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
wow! Great coloring :) will try out later, I think!
littlemuff: laurenlolittlemuff on January 19th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
+mems XD
somuchfor_yousomuchfor_you on January 19th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I love this coloring!
little effy cooper.: hsm. sharpaysevenpuddings on January 19th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
This is amazing colouring!
Definitely adding to mems!
wasabi_lobster on January 20th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
delilah_pro on January 22nd, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Jules: Peytonstarrlitsky on January 25th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
zomg great tut
i luv ur tuts
❥ k o k i f i e d: Tatsuya greenkokified on June 23rd, 2008 01:08 am (UTC)
They're really gorgeous. I really like the outcome :] Thanks a lot for sharing