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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby daughter of the King » May 09, 2011 9:40 am

Tutorial #1

This: Image to this: Image reacreating this: Image
Translatable (I think).

Requested by wolfy.

I'm sorry it's not exact. I don't remember everything I did. I'm pretty sure it's missing only one step, but I can't figure out what.


Okay, start with your base image, crop/scale etc. I found this image just by searching for crosses in Google.
Image

Go to layer-->duplicate layer and set to softlight, opacity 63.9. Flatten image.
Image

Next, crop and scale the image of Aslan so it fits. I made it a little larger than 300x100 so I could move it around if I wanted to.
Image

Add as a new layer. Set to screen, opacity 100. Flatten image.
Image

And you're done! PM me if you have any questions.
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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby Ithilwen » May 10, 2011 12:38 am

Tutorial by Ithilwen #2. Dark to Light Coloring, and Face Manipulation.

Requested by Adeona.

How to go from this: Image To this: Image Recreating This: Image

Made in GIMP. Should be translatable.

Step 1. Take your Base Image: Image And Sharpen 20%.

Step 2. Now we choose what colors we want to use/bring out. I decided to choose a nice green for the grass, pink to bring out the color of her clothes and rosy complexion, and a soft peach to match her skin tone. So, make three fill layers, and put them all on Soft light 100%. Color one 4eb555. Color another d94fa4. And color the last fcc688.

Step 3. We'll want to lighten it up a bit, so make three more fill layers, but leave them all white (ffffff). Put the first two on Soft Light 100%, and the last on Soft Light 50.5%. Flatten Image.
Now it should look like this: Image

Step 4. Click the blur tool in your tool box. (I used mine at a rate of 50%. The Scale size is up to you.) Carefully use it to smooth out parts that look pixelly. This will be easy to do on her skin and clothes, but a bit harder to do on her hair, the grass, and the bushes. Here's some tips: With her hair, try to follow the direction her hair is going, and don't blur anymore than you have to. With the bushes, don't streak it, but just dot and click where you see a lot of pixels. With the grass, just make tiny, quick streaks so as to get rid of the pixels, but not the lines of the grass.
In the end, it should look something like this: Image

Step 5: This is where the tricky part starts. We need to change her expression. Right now Lucy looks a bit confused and upset. We want her to look surprised and filled with wonder. So you find the parts of her face that form the "upset" expression. These are the parts we need to change.
(I've circled them for you) - Image

Part One of Step 5: The tool we use to change her expression is the smudge tool in the toolbox. You can use it to click down on a part and then move and pull that part. In this case, we'll be using it to pull her skin. (A digital facelift. ;)) ) Put the setting of the Smudge tool to Scale: 0.30, Rate:60.3.

First, let's get rid of that line on her nose (I circled it in the above picture). Using the smudge tool, click on a part of her skin to the side of the line we are trying to erase, and pull it over it. You might have to move tiny bits of her skin around that area with the blur tool, in order for the lighting and coloring to look more natural.
This is how it should look: Image

Part Two of Step 5: Now we're going to use the smudge tool to kind of widen the bridge of her nose. What we're really trying to do is get rid of the shadow between her nose and eye. Use the light parts of her nose and upper cheek to cover the dark parts near that side of her eye.
Here's what it should look like: Image

Part Three of Step 5: Now we use the smudge tool to get rid of that furrowed brow of hers. See that line in her skin, going across the top of her nose/bottom of her forehead, that forms a kind of "V" shape? That's what mainly makes her look angry. That's the part we really need to get rid of. So, using the smudge tool, grab some light parts of her skin around that area, and pull it over the line, getting rid of the line. You can also raise her eyebrows a hair by clicking on them and pulling them up just a tiny bit.

Step 5 may seem difficult, but it's easier than you think with just a few minutes' practice. Pay careful attention to lines and lighting, so you know exactly what part of her facial expression your moving and changing. It's alright if it's not exact (in fact, it'll most likely be a bit different every time you try to do it), but in the end it should look something like this: Image

Step 6: Blur those parts of her skin you moved, so the streaks your Smudge tool made aren't as noticeable. (But don't blur her eyebrows if you moved them)
You now have this: Image

Step 7: Now we need to add some extra vividness and contrast. Here's how we're going to do it. Duplicate your base layer. Click on the top layer. Go to Color>Auto and click Color Enhance twice. The layer should look like this: Image

Step 8: Now we need to combine this layer with the base layer. To do this, set the top layer to Soft Light 43.6%. Flatten Image. Now your image has a much more colorful, vivid look, like this: Image

Step 9: We want to give the image a bit of a warmer glow. So make a fill layer of f0a54d, and set it on Soft Light 65.3. Flatten Image.

Step 10. Use your blur tool one last time to get rid of any remaining pixelly parts. Then save your image, and your done! :)
Your image should look like this: Image

If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me! :)


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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby malkah » May 23, 2011 4:40 am

Tutorial #3: Going from this to this Image recreating this Image. Made in GIMP, may be translatable.

Requested by Ithilwen.

Open your image and crop/scale, etc. I used a screencap from Home of the Nutty.

Duplicate your base layer, set that layer on Screen at 100. Go to
Colors<Auto<White Balance, and then flatten your image.

Duplicate image, go to Colors<Components<Channel Mixer. Input these settings:
Red: 150.0, 10.0, -50.0.
Green: 20.0, 100.0, -20.0.
Blue: -10.0, 10.0, 110.0.
Make sure Preserve Luminosity is unchecked. Leave that layer on Normal at 100.

Flatten image.

Fill layer of #dcedfe, set on Divide at 100. Duplicate that layer, set it to Multiply at 100.

Fill layer of #ecd8c9, set on Burn at 100. Add a layer mask, copy and paste the base layer into the layer mask. Flatten image.

Duplicate layer and go to Hue Saturation. Set the Master Saturation at 10, the Red at 20, and the Blue at 10. Merge layers.

Duplicate layer and go into Colors<Levels. Input these settings:
Value: input: 12, 1.02, 255. Output: 8, 247.
Red: input: 12, 1.99, 241. Output: 17, 239.
Green: input: 0, 1.09, 255. Output: 5, 255. Blue: input: 0, 1.22, 255. Output: 0, 240.
Leave that layer on Normal at 100 and merge layers.

Sharpen to 20. Then duplicate the base layer and carefully blur the background (don’t blur over Edmund!). Set it to Normal at 60. Merge layers.

Duplicate the base layer. Go to the Channel Mixer again and input the same settings you used earlier:
Red: 150.0, 10.0, -50.0
Green: 20.0, 100.0, -20.0
Blue: -10.0, 10.0, 110.0.
This time, make sure Preserve Luminosity is checked, and set that layer to Darken Only at 20. Merge.

Duplicate your layer, and go to Colors<Curves. Set these coordinates:
Red: x =120, y=140, and x=72, y=111.
Blue: x=127, y=119.

Merge layers, and duplicate the image.
Go into Colors<Hue-Saturation. Set the Blue to 20.
Flatten image.

Open this Image (by hyaline12). Copy the texture and paste it into a layer mask, set to Darken Only at 20.

This Image (by hyaline12). Gaussian blur it at 25 and set to Multiply at 100.

Fill layer of #332626, set on Lighten Only at 100.

Open up a new layer, take a large fuzzy brush and paint with #332626 over the edge where the colored part of the image meets the black part. Paint in a jagged line, and you may want to smudge it a bit as well, so the edges fade into each other.

Set this: Image to Screen at 10. Move it to the lower left-hand corner (on top of Ed’s shoulder).

Take Image (by Sanami76) and shrink it down to 100x100. Set to Screen at 50. Flip it vertically and erase the parts over and around Edmund’s face.

Here is where I think I missed a step, in recreating the avatar. I couldn't figure out which step it was, so instead I duplicated the base layer three times. On the first layer, go into Brightness/Contrast and set it to -5, 5. On the second layer, go into Hue-Saturation and set the Blue at 20. And on the third layer, set the Brightness/Contrast to -10, 10. Set that layer to Normal at 40.

Flatten image, and you're done! (I'm sorry for all the duplicating and merging. ;)) )

If you have any questions, please PM me! :)
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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Jul 20, 2011 9:07 am

Tutorial #110 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

Open and prep image/base (crop, scale, etc). I was working with a base smaller than 100x100, so my first step was to extend it.
Image > Image

I really wanted to make the blue sky pop, as well as bring out the red in Peter's tunic and get rid of that icky pinky color in the clouds, so I opened up Channel Mixer (Colors>Components>Channel Mixer) and entered this...
Red: 100, 0, -6.
Green: 0, 100, 0.
Blue: -44, +85, 100.
Preserve Luminosity: Unchecked.

I then duplicated that layer and set it to Screen at 100%, and then merged it down.
Image

I'm liking that already, but it doesn't have very much contrast, so I fixed that by adding some textures...

Image set to Burn at 100%.
Image set to Soft Light at 50%.

I flattened my image, and boom! Contrast! :D
Image

Peter's unicorn was too yellowish, and I wanted it to be more white, so I added a transparent layer, set it to Saturation at 35%, and painted over the unicorn with color #ffffff (solid white).

Picky me decided that I wanted even more contrast, so I added the first texture again (I think I flipped it and blurred it), and set it to Burn at 100%.

At this point, I flattened my image, sharpened it (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen), and then added a lighten texture as a final touch...
Image set to Screen at 20%.

Image
And that's all there is to it! :)

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Aug 11, 2011 4:58 pm

Tutorial #111 - This: Image to this: Image recreating this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.
Requested by daughter of the King.

I know this isn't a 'great' recreation, but I hope it's good enough. :)

Open and prep image/base (crop, scale, etc). Image

I needed to brighten my image a lot, so I opened up Curves (Colors>Curves) and plotted this point in the Value Channel: x: 60, y: 174
Image

Okay, so not bad so far, but I wanted to play with the lighting a bit, so I added a few textures...

This: Image set to Screen at 65%.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%.
This: Image set to Burn at 50%.

Flatten.
Image

Looks hideous right now, don't it? Uh, yeah. :P Anywhoo, to get rid of the icky coloring from the textures, I desaturated my image.
(Colors>Desaturate>Luminosity)
Image

Now, to work the coloring back into the image and give it a blue tone again, I added a fill layer of color #277ac0 and set it to Soft Light at 100%.
I duplicated my desaturated base layer, brought it to the top and smudged it diagonally with the Smudge tool (don't use a big brush for this step). Set the smudged layer on Soft Light at 100%.

Flatten your image.
Image

Go to Colors>Hue-Saturation, and input these settings in the Master channel: 15, 0, -10. (hue, lightness, saturation)

I sharpened my image at this point. (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen)
Image

I then duplicated it, and smudged it again like I did before. I then set that layer on Screen at 25%.

I added a transparent layer on Soft Light at 100%, and added some shadows across the top of the image by painting a black stripe across it.

I added another transparent layer on Soft Light at 100%, and then painted a fuzzy white dot over his face. This helped bring the focus where I wanted it.
Image

I then added another transparent layer, set it on Screen at 25%, and added some subtle red highlights.

And lastly, I added another transparent layer, added some highlights across the bottom in color #dcedf6, and set it on Soft Light at 75%.
Image

That's all! Add whatever else you want! I added text in the original.

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Let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Aug 18, 2011 4:22 pm

Tutorial #112 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

I discovered this technique last night and loved what it did to my icon. I think it has neat coloring, and it's also super simple! It works very well on monotone images, or images that are rather stark.

Open and prep image/base (crop, scale, etc). I used a base by Aravis Autarkeia (thank you!).
Image

As you can see, the image coloring is very flat and monotone, so I wanted to bring some coloring into it; make it come alive, as it were.

I added this: Image and set it on Soft Light at 100%. I think I also flipped it vertically. This alters the lighting and provides some contrast.
I added two of these: Image and set both of them on Soft Light at 100%.
(This is probably the most important step for this icon; it provides the coloring and tone, as well as lightens the image up a bit. Depending on your image, you may want to lower the opacity on one of the layers. You can also use another gradient if you want different colors in your icon. Do what you want.)
I added this: Image set to Burn at 100%. This gave me the level of contrast that I wanted, and kept the icon from being too bright.
I added this: Image flipped it horizontally, and set it on Screen at 50%. This just added a couple light spots that I found likable.

At this point, I flattened my image and then sharpened it (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen).

As a last step, I went to Colors>Hue-Saturation, and set the Master Saturation on +5 to boost the coloring.

Image

Boom. You're done! :) Tweak as needed. ;)

Here's two other icons that I made with this technique:
Image Image

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby Wunderkind_Lucy » Oct 07, 2011 7:04 pm

Tutorial #85

Made in Photoshop CS5, Semi-translatable (Vibrance Layer)

Going from this: Image to this: Image

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby Wunderkind_Lucy » Oct 28, 2011 11:04 am

Tutorial #86

Made in Photoshop CS5, Semi-translatable (Vibrance Layer and Gradient Layer)

Going from this: Image to this: Image

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby MountainFireflower » Nov 17, 2011 10:11 pm

Tutorial #1

Made in Adobe Photoshop. May be translatable.
Requested by Wunderkind_Lucy.

From this: Image to this: Image
recreating this:Image

This was my very first tutorial, and I had a lot of trouble remembering a lot of the steps, so I apologize that it isn't exact. Please do not copy exactly. :)

The following textures are most likely by flambeau unless otherwise noted. :) (I'm sorry, I'm really bad at remembering where I got textures. :ymblushing: )

Open your base image and crop it/scale it/whatever to your liking.
Image

The first texture I put on was this one, set at Soft Light @ 100%.
Image

Put this texture on TWICE, both set at Soft Light @ 100%.

Image

Next, add these two textures, in that order, and set them to Lighten @ 100%.
Image
^ texture by ?

Image

Then, add this. Set it to Soft Light at 100%.

Image

Next, add this texture, and position it where you want it. I set it to Lighten at 43%, but you can see what works best for your graphic.
Image

Now set all of these to Soft Light @ 100%.

Image
Image
Image
^ texture by ?

Put this texture on at Soft Light @ 61%.

Image

Soft Light @ 39%.
Image

Next, this texture (again! :p). Flip it horizontally this time so that the light spot is on the left, and set it to Soft Light at 100%.
Image

Several times throughout the process, I'd adjust the Levels to make it to my liking. You'll just have to play it by ear and play around with it until you achieve the coloring you want. I do remember really ramping up the contrast. You may need to adjust the coloring as needed, since every image is different. :)

Other than that, I think that's it! PM me if you have any questions.
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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby Aravis Autarkeia » Jan 21, 2012 11:29 am

Photoshop Tutorial #10
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FROM THIS: Image TO THIS: Image
RECREATING THIS: Image

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Mar 24, 2012 2:38 pm

Tutorial #113 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

I really liked how this icon turned out when I made it this afternoon, so I wrote out the steps for future reference.

Open and prep image/base (crop, scale, etc). I'm using an image with fairly normal coloring, which made the final coloring pretty simple to achieve.

As a start, I opened up Curves (Colors>Curves), and plotted the following coordinates...
V - X: 130, Y: 228. X: 35, Y: 34
R - X: 131, Y: 152. X: 35, Y: 50
G - X: 100, Y: 110. X: 26, Y: 30
B - X: 84, Y: 101. X: 24, Y: 16

Image > Image
Much better, yes? :) The image is brighter, and has a good color base for me to build on.

I wanted to work a bit more yellow into the image, to give it a warmer tone, so I went to Colors>Color Balance, and input the following:
Shadows: 0, 0, 0
Midtones: 0, 0, -5
Highlights: 5, 0, -10
Preserve Luminosity: Unchecked.

To add a bit more contrast, I opened up Colors>Levels, and used some coordinates that I borrowed from MissAdventure...
Value: 10, 1.10, 255.
Red: 15, 1.15, 255.
Green: 10, 1.10, 255.
Blue: 15, 1.15, 255.

To play with the lighting a little bit, I added some random blobs of white on a transparent layer and set it to Soft Light at 35%.
Image

I then flattened my image, and it currently looks like this:
Image

I really like that, but the colors looked a little flat, so I went to Colors>Hue-Saturation and set the master saturation to +10 to boost the coloring.

I added this: Image set to Screen at 35%.
I then added a fill layer of color #f6e5dc, and set it to Burn at 50%.

I flattened my image again.
Image

I went to Color Balance again...
Midtones: 0, 2, 10.
Preserve Luminosity: Unchecked.
(This worked a touch of blue back into the image and kept it from being overly yellow)

Back again to Hue-Saturation; I set the master saturation to +10.

At this point, I went to Filters>Enhance>Sharpen, and sharpened my image a bit, and then took the Blur/Sharpen tool and used the blur setting to smooth out their skin. I also used the smudge tool to get rid of the watermark in the lower right corner.

Image

As a final touch, I added a couple of textures...

This: Image set to Screen at 100%.
This: Image set to Screen at 25%.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 25%.

Image

You're done! :) PM me if you have any questions.

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Apr 10, 2012 7:13 pm

Tutorial #114 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

Open and prep image/base. I was using a very blue image, and I decided to give it a warmer brownish tone.
Image

I opened up Color Balance (Colors>Color Balance), and input the following settings...
Shadows: +15, -5, -10.
Midtones: +25, 0, -50.
Highlights: +25, +25, +25.
Preserve Luminosity: unchecked.

Image
It's less blue now, but it also looks pretty icky and very boring. This is where I decided to add some textures. Because I like textures.

This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 75%.

I duplicated my base layer, brought it to the top of the stack, and set it on Soft Light at 100%.

This: Image set to Burn at 100%.

I flattened my image.
Image
I like that a lot more now. :) Still not quite done enough for my taste though...

I went to Brightness-Contrast (Colors>Brightness-Contrast): -10, +10.

I opened up Channel Mixer, and used a setting I had saved from a previous icon...
Red: +90, +5, -5.
Green: +5, +100, -5.
Blue: +25, +5, +85.
Preserve Luminosity: checked.

Back to Color Balance:
Shadows: +10, +5, -10.
Midtones: +5, +5, -5.
Highlights: -5, -5, +5.
Preserve Luminosity: unchecked.

A little Hue-Saturation - Master: +1, 0, +10.

This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%.

I flattened my image and sharpened it (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen).
Image

I then duplicated my base layer, selected the duplicate layer, and went to Filters>Artistic>Softglow and input the following settings.
Glow radius: 10
Brightness: 0.20
Sharpness: 0.85

I then lowered the opacity of that layer to 65%, and merged it down.

To Brightness-Contrast one more time: -10, +10.
Image

After that, I added a lighten texture on Screen at a low opacity, and a text texture for a little visual interest.
Image

We're done. :)

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » May 29, 2012 5:27 pm

Tutorial #115 - This to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

This icon was a very happy accident. In an unusual move for me, I started out with no actual concept of what result I wanted; I do not condone this method of icon making as a rule since I find it usually ends in frustration, annoyance, hair ripping, and a slew of icons that never make it past the 'I really wanna to make something but really hate how this is turning out so I'm gonna ditch this and try another image' phase. Maybe that's just me though.

So anyways, this icon started when I decided I wanted to try making an icon out of this image.
Image
(screencap courtesy of aithine.org. There was no particular reason why I chose this cap, except that I like profile shots and I wanted to try something different.)

I started with some simple coloring...

-Fill layer: #caa37d - Soft Light at 100%. (This brought out the warmer tones.)
-Duplicate the base layer and bring it to the top; set it to Soft Light at 100%. (This heightened the contrast and darkened his silhouette.)
-Fill layer: #f0c88e - Burn at 100%. (This added even more contrast, and gave me a great orange-y tone.)

I flattened the image and proceeded to fall in love with the coloring.
Image
(Right about here was where I decided that I really wanted to make it past the 'I really wanna to make something' phase.)

I opened up a new 100x100 canvas, pasted my newly colored image into it, and started experimenting with different crops. This was where the happy accident happened. I was working with two different crops (a boring dead center head-shot crop, and an equally boring widescreen shot), when this layout just happened.
Image > Image > Image > Image
I put the widescreen crop on top of the head-shot, then duplicated the head-shot, brought it up on top of the widescreen crop and set it to Screen at 100%.

The next thing I did was smudge the top of the widescreen crop to get rid of the black line through the middle of his head on the head-shot.
Image
Now this, I like!

-Next, I added this: Image and set it to Screen at 100%. This is what gives that soft little glow by his face on the main silhouette.
-Then I added a fill layer: #a13d00 - set to Soft Light at 100%.

Flatten.
Image

As a final step, I sharpened it a bit, and did a little manipulation work on the right side of the icon to make the two crops blend more seamlessly.
Image

That's it! PM me if you have any questions. :)

Please do not copy exactly.

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Tutorial #116 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

Open and prep image/base. The image I chose was a bit dark and pretty drab coloring-wise; my main goal was to add some color and brighten it up.
Image

-I added a fill layer: #ffffff - set to Soft Light at 100%.
-I duplicated the base layer, brought it to the top, and set it to Soft Light at 100%.
-Flatten.
Image
It's a bit brighter, but still boring. I decided to go for a warmer color tone.

I opened up Color Balance (Colors>Color Balance), and input the following...
Midtones: +50, 0, -25.
Preserve Luminosity: off.

I then did some slight curves (Colors>Curves) to ease the contrast a bit.
Value: x: 79, y: 99.
Image

I paused here and arranged my base.
Image

I opened up Hue-Saturation (Colors>Hue-Saturation), and set the Master Saturation on +65 to enhance the coloring.
Image

I went back to Curves, and used those same coordinates that I used before.
Value: x: 79, y: 99.
Image

Time for some textures!

This: Image set to Soft Light at 50%.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 35%.
This: Image set to Screen at 100%.
This: Image set to Burn at 50%.

Flatten.
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To enhance the colors I just worked in with the textures, I did some Color Balance and Hue-Saturation.

-Color Balance - Midtones: +7, -20, -35. Preserve Luminosity: off.
-Hue-Saturation - Master: 0, +2, +5.

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As a final step, I sharpened my image (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen), and added a slight light texture.
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That's it! PM me if you have any questions. :)

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Texture credits for Tutorial #116: aquatilitis.

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Jun 02, 2012 11:24 am

Tutorial #117 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

Open and prep image/base. I created my base by cropping the same image twice (close-up and distance), then flipping the close-up horizontally and setting it on Screen. I then erased the right hand side of my smaller crop so the two blended together.
Image > Image > Image > Image

I flattened my image, then added a fill layer of #ffffff and set it to Soft Light at 100% to brighten it up.
I also darkened the bottom edge of the icon by setting this on Soft Light at 100%.
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Now that I had my base ready, it was time to work on the coloring. My image was already very blue, so I decided to work with that color scheme since it fit the mood of the icon.

The first thing I did was enhance the overall color with some Saturation (Colors>Hue-Saturation).
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Master Saturation: +75.

Next I opened the Channel Mixer (Colors>Components>Channel Mixer), and entered the following:
Blue: +55, +40, +200.
Preserve Luminosity: off.
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This was way out of my usual comfort zone, but I kinda liked it, so I went with it.

I followed that up with some Color Balance:
Shadows: +25, +5, +35.
Highlights: 0, 0, -10.
Preserve Luminosity: off.

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I added this: Image and set it to Soft Light at 65%. Merge it down.

I then fiddled with the exposure by using Brightness-Contrast: +35, +25.
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Texture time!

This: Image set to Screen at 75%.
This: Image set to Screen at 50%.
This: Image set to Screen at 100%.

Flatten. These lightened the icon a bit and added some texture. It also made the overall coloring less harsh.
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I wanted to darken it just a bit more again, so I used Brightness-Contrast again: -15, +15.
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As the final steps, I added a couple more textures.

This: Image set to Screen at 35%. (This made the shadows at the bottom of the image blue instead of black.)
This: Image set to Soft Light at 35%. (I just liked how this looked.)

There were some reddish tones near the top of the icon that I didn't like very much, so I added a transparent layer and painted over them with color #3a89b7, and then set the layer on Soft Light at 75%.

After some flattening and sharpening, I ended up with this:
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It's a lot different from what I would normally make, but I'm kinda pleased with it. I added a text texture I found somewhere, and I was done!
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PM me if you have any questions.
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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Jun 18, 2012 5:19 pm

Tutorial #118 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. Translatable.

Open and prep image/base. Mine was a bit dark and rather blue, so I decided to lighten it up and give it a more natural yellow-y color since I've been overusing bluish coloring lately.
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-I added two fill layers of color #ffffff and set them both to Soft Light at 100%. This brightened my base up quite a bit.
-I added a fill layer of color #caa37d and set it to Hard Light at 25%. This added a bit of brown to the image.
-I duplicated my base layer, brought it to the top of the stack and set it to Soft Light at 100%. This gave my image more contrast since the fill layers had made it bit washed out.
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-I added two fill layers of color #caa37d and set them both to Soft Light at 100%. This added more of a brown tone and brightened the image up some more.
-I added a fill layer of color #f0c88e and set it to Burn at 100%.

I flattened my image.
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I added this: Image set to Screen at 75%. This added some light blobs and kept the lighting from being flat.
I also added this: Image set to Soft Light at 35%.

And flattened my image again.
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I used the Levels tool (Colors>Levels) to add some red/magenta tones and keep it from being overly yellow.
Red: 0, 1.10, 255.
Green: 5, 1, 255.
Blue: 20, 1.20, 230.
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I then duplicated my base layer, set it to Saturation at 100%, went to Colors>Components>Channel Mixer, and entered the following coordinates...
Red: 160, -60, 0.
Green: 0, 100, 0.
Blue: -60, 65, 100.
Preserve Luminosity: off.

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(Note: the previous step might not always work)

I flattened my image, went to Filters>Artistic>Soft Glow and entered the following coordinates...
Glow Radius: 10
Brightness: 0.25
Sharpness: 0.85

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(I like the way this lightens images.)

And then, I did a little Hue-Saturation because the coloring was looking flat...
Master: 1 (hue), 3 (lightness), 10 (saturation)
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At this point, I flattened my image and decided to work on the design. I had liked my layout initially, but now I decided that it was too unbalanced since all of the focus was on the left side of the icon.

Step 1: I duplicated my base, rotated it 90 degrees to the left and positioned it at the bottom of my image. It gave an interesting texture-type look that I liked.
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Step 2: I duplicated my base layer and brought it to the top before desaturating it (Colors>Desaturate) and moving it to the right side of the image. This covered the negative space on the right side and helped to balance the icon.
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Step 3: I flattened my base, duplicated it, and then scaled the top layer down to 75x75 pixels.
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Step 4: I selected the background layer (behind the scaled top layer), and rotated it 180 degrees like so...
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I like that a lot more now!

As a final step, I added a slight light texture, did a bit of Hue-Saturation again to enhance the coloring, and sharpened it.
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That's it!

PM me if you have any questions.
Please do not copy exactly.

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Re: Fan Art Tutorials

Postby flambeau » Jul 12, 2012 5:39 pm

Tutorial #119 - This: Image to this: Image using Gimp. I think it's translatable.
Requested by Ithilwen.

I had this icon saved as a project so I was able to recreate it exactly; woohoo!! :D

Open and prep image/base. I chose a shot of Reese and Finch from one of my many favorite scenes and decided to lighten it up and enhance the coloring.
I duplicated the base layer three times and set the duplicates to Screen, Soft Light, and Screen all at 100%. The Soft Light layer should be in the middle of the stack.
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Flatten the image.

I then extended the sky up by adding a fill layer in the same color as the sky and blending it with the skyline at the top of the image.
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Flatten.

I sort of got the idea for this next step from a tutorial on Livejournal. I duplicated the base and opened up the Filter Pack (Colors>Filter Pack). Under the Midtones>Hue section, I clicked once on Yellow and once on Red, and then under Midtones>Value, I clicked once on Lighter.
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I liked that it's brighter, but there's not a lot of color variation and Reese and Finch are a bit too yellow-y brownish for my tastes. I decided to experiment some more...

I duplicated the base and brought it to the top and used that exact same Filter Pack setting on it, with the addition of upping the Saturation once under Midtones.
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Okay, more color now but Reese and Finch also look a bit radioactive, so I lowered the opacity of that layer to 50% to combine the two Filter Pack(ed) layer colorings together...
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Much better!

Time for textures!

This: Image set to Darken Only at 10%. This added a bit of color to the sky.
This: Image Lighten Only at 65%. (*shrug* I wanted to.)
This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%. This added more blue to the sky and darkened it even more.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 100%. This darkened the overall image and I liked the color tone.
This: Image set to Soft Light at 75%. This brought more blue back into the image.
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I flattened the image, duplicated the base layer and went to Filters>Blur>Gaussian Blur and set the blur radius on 4. I then set that layer on Soft Light at 35%. This added some contrast back into the image, and the slight blurring helped keep it from being over-sharp.

I then flattened the image again and sharpened it (Filters>Enhance>Sharpen), and used the Blur/Sharpen tool to selectively blur their faces.
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As a final step, I decided that I wanted some more negative space at the top of the icon, so I scooched it down a little bit and smudged the sky up to get this...
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That's all!

PM me if you have any questions!
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