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02 June 2005 @ 05:46 pm
Full-Icon Tutorial  
This is my first tutorial and it wasn't easy to put it together. I suck at explaining stuff... So, if you don't understand anything at all, I won't be surprised. lol But honestly, I did my best. Actually I think this icon/style is pretty easy to make, so there shouldn't be any problems. But if there are, let me know. :)

It was fiesty_red who asked me to make it when I posted these KOH icons. If it weren't for her, this tut wouldn't exist. :P

We're going to learn how to make this icon:
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General information:
This icon was made using Paintshop Pro 7, but I think it can be translated to other programs quite easily. As I said, it isn't a difficult tutorial at all. Also, please keep in mind that this tutorial is merely a guide for you. So that you know that there are other alternatives on your program that you can perfectly use. Don't copy this tutorial, be creative. ;)

Now are you ready? :D

Step 01
I created a new 100x100 canvas with a white background. Afterwards, I openned my brush gallery and chose one brush from Hybrid-Genesis, Image hosted by Photobucket.com. Color: #000000, Layer Mode: Normal. I applied it to the canvas on the right side like this:
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Note: I added a grey border to make it clear for you.

Step 02
This tutorial is all about brushes, so I went to my gallery again and chose another one (Image hosted by Photobucket.com). Color: #800000, Layer Mode: Normal.
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Step 03
Yep more brushes! First I added this large brush Image hosted by Photobucket.com, without resizing it, Color: #800000, Layer Mode: Normal. Then I applied Image hosted by Photobucket.com on the bottom. But I thought it needed to be a bit darker, so I added the same brush again on the top of the other. Color: #000000, Layer Mode: Normal. It looked like this afterwards:
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Step 04
Ok, tired of brushes? Well, you're lucky, this is the last one. ;) So, I wanted something where I could put the image on, because there wasn't a specific place yet, so that's why I picked up this brush I enjoy so much, Image hosted by Photobucket.com. Color: #000000, Layer Mode: Normal. I placed it on the bottom right corner, as so:
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Step 05
Now, let's leave the canvas aside for a while and let's work on the picture. As I was making Kingdom of Heaven icons, I chose this Balian picture. Then resized it and cropped it. I know others do it the other way, but I go to Colors, Colorize, leave Hue and Saturation to 0 so that the picture turns to black and white. I can't remember the exact settings, but I played with the brightness/contrast so it would look better.
That done, I added it to the canvas:
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I decorated the bottom as I felt it was too dark for my taste and it needed some color (#800000). Also applied a tiny text brush in color #000000 on the top.

Step 06
Finally I added the text. It couldn't be more simple, because I really couldn't be less imaginative with text... so it's Balian. I used Palatino Linotype, size 6, bold, white. And voilá!
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Some tips if you decide to try out this style:
On that particular icon you saw I started off with a white background and worked with the brushes set on black and red.
You can vary the colors. Start with a red background and work with white and black brushes or start with a black background and use red and white brushes.

It's done! :D Hope I didn't confuse you.

All the brushes I used can be found at Hybrid-Genesis, under Freebies.
clewless on June 2nd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Saving. Very cool icon. Thanks!
urwhatufeel on June 2nd, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
It was a surprisingly fantastic movie and an equally fantastic tutorial ^_^

fiesty_red on June 2nd, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks a bunch, love! I will definitely give credit when I use this technique! ^_^
_lucky27 on June 2nd, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
nice tutorial :o) i love the icon
Kylakylakae on June 2nd, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
Wow. That is a beautiful icon. Thank you!
jess: lyrical; cryingsempre on June 2nd, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
HG's great! :)

Beautiful icon and wonderful tut. saving to memories. :)
Ry0k0next_to_the_sun on June 2nd, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
saving thanks.
hallmark_holdenhallmark_holden on June 2nd, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Wow! This is totally awesome! Just wondering, from which packs are the brushes from? Sorry, I'm kind of new to the whole icon making thing.
Helenaelrawien on June 2nd, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
I honestly have to say I don't remember from which packs they are. I only know for certain that some of the brushes used on this tutorial can be found under Freebies, Photoshop Brushes and click on 100x100 icon-sized brushes and the packs are #7 and #8.

As far as the other rest, just look for it. The site has wonderful brushes. :)

m0836296m0836296 on March 11th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
your tutorial was wonderful...

just one more question...which site are you referring to when talking about the freebie brushes?

I've looked all over and must be confused b/c I cannot find it.

Helenaelrawien on March 11th, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)

All the brushes I used can be found at Hybrid-Genesis, under Freebies.
Helenaelrawien on March 11th, 2006 03:03 pm (UTC)
Actually, the site has changed, so just go to Brushes and click on Icon Brushes afterwards.
m0836296m0836296 on March 11th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thank You!!!
Robynakimoto_studios on June 3rd, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
Adding to memories thank you very much! Awesome icon!!
Annette's Graphics Journalladystardust_xs on June 3rd, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)
This looks tasty! I've put it in my memories.
elle_4you on June 15th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
Nice to read how you work Helena. Love the result !! I slammed you on my f-list, hope that's ok ?! *hug*
Irethireth_e on June 21st, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
thank you for this tutorial!
katie {killz}krinklecut41490 on November 14th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
ooh. very cool! adding to memories to try later!
motor_mouth34 on May 27th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Thanks for listing Hybrid-Genesis and this tutorial. Both were awesome!
kadddlkadddl on November 9th, 2011 04:32 am (UTC)
omg i love balian so much in this icon - u did a great job :)