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27 May 2008 @ 09:20 pm
Tutorial: Do more for Black and Whites  
Q: What's black and white and red/yellow/orange all over?
A: My Amy Winehouse icon.


Made with Photoshop CS2
+ Blending options for text.
+ Curves but there's additional notes on how to get same effect without curves. :D

It's pretty easy but the blending options or drop shadow you're going to have to look into for your program if using a different program.

This tutorial is mostly made of textures. Wanting to use color textures over a black and white base image is my ultimate goal of the icon and this tutorial.
The first step is standard, if you read my previous tut you can skip the first part.

Step 1: Make your base.
Open your image. I used a color picture of Amy Winehouse that I had found here. I copied the image and pasted it in a 100x100 pixel 72 dpi new document. I then resized it, clicking the chain button;; to keep the image constrained as I used the boxes;; that appear in the corner of the image to resize it. Then when I got what I want, I clicked the check mark;;. I duplicated the image three times and merged it because when you resize instead of crop you get faded edges. **I duplicated the image only once this time and sharpended (Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen) it. I changed the opacity possibly to 40% and merged the duplicate to the image. Now you got the base.

Step 2: Color Fill
Fill: #000000
Set to: Color
Opacity: 100%
This is to turn the image black and white. You can go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to get the same effect but I'm not used to actually looking for it in the menu bar so I use a layer.

Step 3: Curves
1 Click; input: 128 output: 135
Bottom left corner dot: input: 25 output: 0

Here's what it looks like if your confused: CURVES

According to your base you will want to adjust the settings. It's really to add contrast, and darken things a bit.
To get the same effect without curves try Brightness/Contrast with contrast set at +13. It's almost the same, there might be a slight variable. Your light colors tend to end up a bit more lighter, if they are too bright, put the brightness setting in the -/minus range.

Step 4: Texture 1
By: iiokua
Set to: Screen
Opacity: 100%
Open texture and go Select > All or Ctrl + a, and then go to Edit > Copy or Ctrl + c. Go to your icon your working on and go Edit > Paste or Ctrl + v. It should appear as a new layer above the layer you had last selected.
There's really not much to change and add about this other than it's a light texture and depending on the texture itself or where it's covering will the opacity be changed. And even then there's really no limit to the texture. You can rotate to fit your image and it doesn't have to be like the one by iiokua. It can be those little gold/brown lights. Just mess around and experiment. I don't want you guys to make this icon exactly, just use it as a reference.

Step 5: Texture 2 -> Texture 2 Blured
By: colorfilter
Set: Overlay
Opacity: 100%
Like before copy texture and paste it in the icon file.
You can get creative with gradients or other textures but I wanted to experiment so I opened a texture and pasted it in my icon file, then went Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur, setting the blur at 2.7 I think, and then clicked okay. You can change the blur settings to blur a little or a lot, depending on what you want and the textures... texture. O.o

Step 6: Color Fill
Fill: #666666
Set: Softlight
Opacity: 100%
The last texture made it a bit bright and I didn't want to set the fill to color burn because then it would be too dark. So I set it at softlight making the blacks a little darker. Opacity and even it's use will depend on how bright or dim the texture will be.

Step 7: Texture 3
By: hxcfairy/fangirl_loves
Set: Screen
Opacity: 100%
Just like any texture before, copy from the original and past into the icon file.
This was just added to give a little "POW! RIGHT IN THE KISSER!" and I need more color to cover the bottom portion because it was looking quite empty. Also, it is an excuse for using a texture made by my dear friend and affiliate hxcfairy. I'm her fangirl. :3

Step 8: Text
Font: Farewell
Size: 12px
I typed "back to black" all lowercase. Uppercase can get in the way and make things look a little gaudy/cheap. I then clicked on one of the boxes;; that appear at the corner of the text. Much like when we made the base. Then used the rotate field that appeared on the transform bar to type in how far I wanted to rotate the text counter-clockwise, which was -17.1. I clicked the check mark;; to OK it.
Then in my layers menu I right clicked my text layer and in the menu that pops up I choose blending options. When the blending options pop-up choose drop shawdow.
For some reason I changed the drop shadow's color setting from multiply to color burn I don't remeber why, but you could probably get away with either one.
Opacity: 75% (Or same)
Distance: 2
Spread: 20
Size: 3
Everything else stays as it was. Unless there are something that are different from how I got it here's the screenshot of the settings just in case.


Any brush or texture you want to add go ahead. It's all you. ;) You will have to be careful with them, choose colors that won't clash with image, change opacities, and layer modes. Just experiment, don't always be set on one single layer mode, go through them all.
And textures don't have to be color, and the image it's self doesn't have to be black and white. However if you would like to find more tutorials for black and white images head over to mia_eileen Tutorial List: Create good black and white icons/pics, colorize black and white pics, b/w icon tuts!

1. You don't have to duplicate your base and click 'sharpen' and change the opacity of the base so the sharpen isn't too much. On Photoshop CS2, you just click sharpen then go to Edit > Fade or Shift + Ctrl + F and then just move the slider to get the right amount of sharpening you want. Be careful of over sharpening, it's the leader in crummy icons next to over usage of selective coloring, color layers, and textures... in the same icon. :3

I hope I made sense. If not here's the psd:

Have fun making those icons.

Any questions, just ask?
Comments are always nice.
And I'd like to to see what you've done with the tutorial.

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☆ ρℓαумαтє - ¢єηтєяƒσℓ∂ ☆saline_queen on May 28th, 2008 07:45 am (UTC)
very neat! thank you!
Leucadia: JL: Queen of Globessolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Thank you.
stiffy_byng on May 28th, 2008 09:14 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! I'm going to keep that in mem's for later use. ;)
Leucadia: AW: Amy walksolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 09:16 am (UTC)
Awesome. Thank you. ;D ♥
broody_gal: sophiabroody_gal on May 28th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
Adding to mems! Thanks!
Leucadia: JL: Dressing upsolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Yays! :D Thank you!
the evemergency_72 on May 28th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
lovely. added to mems.
Leucadia: JP: learn to dancesolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
heartagram_lala: Moonlight - Mick Basketball spinheartagram_lala on May 28th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
gorjuz, snagging the psd to play around with, thanks!
Leucadia: SH: b and wsolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Have fun! :D Thank you.
Jessica Nunes: baba2jessica_yui on May 28th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful :D
Thanks ^^
Leucadia: AD: Ashley rosessolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D
treasurehakotreasurehako on May 28th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
thank you for the tut!
Leucadia: Tilly: In the mirrorsolonbixler on May 28th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
No problem. Thank you. :D
chiaki_sakura on May 29th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
definetely memming! i've been addicted to using black & white to my icons recently. xD will try it out later.
Leucadia: RS: Rachel on the keyssolonbixler on May 29th, 2008 09:54 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you. :D Like wise. XD