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September 19th, 2006 11:37 pm
Lesson 8: Blend modes! Part two!

Ok, here is a selection of colourings and how to use them, featuring Veronica Mars for no apparent reason. But if you criticise Veronica Mars or Kristen Bell I will cut you OMG.

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(credit for this effect to nine_icons - this is totally my favourite colouring method right now)

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(Yes, I was very bored when my internet was off. Nearly two weeks, people!!)

<--- Lesson Seven | Lessons Index | Lesson Nine> --->

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September 19th, 2006 11:33 pm
Lesson 7: Text!

Ok, so I was talking to my good friend earlier about icons and she was complaining about how hard text is. And it to-ho-hotally is.

Text is an extremely important part of iconmaking, and it really can ruin an icon. There are actually a lot of iconmakers - good iconmakers - on LJ who hardly ever use text because it's so hard to get right.

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Right, that's the end of text basics. Which is a relief, because I'm tired. And without internet again, so I'll probably start the next tutorial now, so I should shut up about this being a relief.

Any questions? I'm going to deal more with text in one of the next tutorials, so don't freak out. But if you don't understand anything or if you think I'm skipping over things, just let me know. :)




<--- Lesson Six | Lessons Index | Lesson Eight --->

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September 19th, 2006 11:15 pm
Lesson 6: Blend Modes

I don't know how much you guys use computers, but I expect you probably know that on most programmes, when you hover your mouse over a tool, it normally tells you what it does. On Photoshop it does this, and it is rather helpful. So if you're not sure what I'm talking about (although I like to think that I'm pretty good at explaining things to death, plus with pictures!) you can always hover your mouse over a tool and find out if it is what I'm talking about.

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We're getting there, aren't we? You should have some pretty classy icons by now. :) Although sadly silent... so next up is - finally - text! Woo!




<--- Lesson Five | Lessons Index | Lesson Seven --->

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August 17th, 2006 10:04 pm
Lesson 5: Fill Layers and Colour

Ok, you guys are so lucky. Well, assuming you love me and this community, and if not, why are you here? Well, anyway, my internets is down, which is making me so crazy because I CAN'T READ MY EMAIL. I might have important stuff in there! Like.... I actually want a joke here, but I can't think of anything funny, because there are genuinely important emails I could be missing, because I'm job-hunting, and... oh right, you don't care.

Anyway, I was going to jump straight into text. And then I was writing about text and I had to keep explaining things that I hadn't explained yet and it made sense to do a lesson before text with things like fill layers, because although they're way simple, for some reason they take a long time to explain. It might be the way that I explain things. I talk a lot. It's a whole thing.

So, this is how to make a fill layer.

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And that's how to make a fill layer. And also the wonderful world of colour! I was going to deal with blend modes now, but this has got long. Looks like that's next, and text has been bumped from Lesson 5 to Lesson 6. Poor text.


<--- Lesson Four | Lessons Index | Lesson Six -->

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July 11th, 2006 10:58 pm
Lesson 4: Editing individual layers to improve the quality of a base

After showing you how to make a simple base in the last tutorial, I'm now going to show you how to edit the style and colourisation of the different layers to improve the overall quality.

Warning! This is really image-heavy. Please let me know if it is a problem and I can try and split it up for you.


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Next time (and I promise I won't keep you waiting as long) we move onto colouring! Exciting.



<--- Lesson Three | Lessons Index | Mini-lesson: Flattening an Image! | Lesson Five -->

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July 11th, 2006 09:16 pm
Mini-lesson: Flattening

I forgot to mention flattening in the last tutorial, so let me just take a moment to talk about that. When you finish an icon on Photoshop, you have to flatten it - it's basically smooshing all the layers together, which then allows you to save it as a .jpg or .png image. If you don't flatten your icon, you have to save it as a .psd image - which is a Photoshop image. This can be useful - if you are working on something and haven't finished it, or want to go back later and see how you did something, I recommend saving it as a .psd. But they're big files, and really only for reference. I normally save my headers in two versions - one .psd file, one .png. Then I have one to save and upload to the net, and one to edit, if I need to.

Anyway, to flatten an image:

Layer --> Flatten Image (it's near the bottom of that dropdown)



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April 25th, 2006 12:20 am
Lesson 3: Preparing a Simple Base

The simplest way to prepare a base. As the lessons go on, we'll go through more complicated ways of doing this, but by the end of this tutorial, you will be able to make a simple, but pretty icon. Exciting, huh?

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April 24th, 2006 10:59 pm
Lesson 2: Cropping and Resizing an Image

Welcome to part two!

Cropping and Resizing an Image

Today I'm going to go through the different ways of cropping an image. My way, and the 'proper' way. Then I'm going to go through the right ways to resize an image, and how to save them.

Needless to say, I prefer my way, although it is more complicated.

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March 14th, 2006 07:45 pm
Lessons and Tags

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March 13th, 2006 09:12 pm
Lesson 1: Opening PS7 and starting a New Document.

Welcome! Here is the first lesson.

Wow, I feel so old and teacherly and kind of evil saying that. Picture me with evil eyebrows. Got it? Great.

So, ok, you've just got Photoshop, and it's all shiny and installed on your computer. Let's open it!

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March 9th, 2006 06:54 pm
Q&A

Help! I don't understand! What is this place?

graphics_school is a painstakingly simple tutorial site run by me, wastedfairy. I will post regular lessons leading you through the process of learning to use Photoshop and how to make icons and graphics.


Can I apply for posting access?

No. I want to keep this site as simple as humanly possible, and to do that, I need to be the only person posting.


Can I submit a tutorial?

No. This isn't a place to show you how to make a specific icon, or how to do a trendy new effect. It's Iconmaking: From Scratch. The Basics. If you would like to suggest a tutorial that you'd like to see, or a style that you think I should deal with, let me know. It's entirely possible I might ask you to help me with it.


Do you think you're the best iconmaker on LJ? Is that why you're doing this?

Hell no! I'm pretty good, I know that much. I get enough ego-stroking comments to know that. But I'm not the best, and I'm still learning, the same as you. Sure, I'm a bit further along, but I've been trying to make icons for three years. I know how frustrating it is to start learning, and I wish I'd had someone to talk me through it from the start. I have several friends who have asked me for help with Photoshop, and this seemed to me to be the best way to start it. So here I am.


I use MSPaint. Can you post some tutorials for that?

No. I'm only going to say this once: you can't make decent graphics using MSPaint, no matter how proficient you are. You can't even save an image without it going all grainy when you use MSPaint. If you're determined to stick with MSPaint, there's nothing I can teach you. Sorry.


Can you post some tutorials for Paint Shop Pro/Photoshop CS/Painter/Anything Other Than Photoshop 7?

No. I use Photoshop 7. I don't know how to use the other programmes, and I really don't have time to learn. Now, most versions of Photoshop are fairly similar, so if you have an older version of Photoshop than 7, you should be able to work out what I'm talking about.

Paint Shop Pro is also fairly similar to Photoshop, but some things are named differently. I really would recommend that you learn to use Photoshop - it's widely renowned as the best programme in the graphics industry.


Where can I get hold of Photoshop? Can you send it to me?

Dude, no! That's illegal. If you download a copy there's nothing I can do to stop you. If you can afford the £600 or whatever it costs to buy it, then buy it. There are enough illegal copies doing the rounds, Adobe probably need the money. But, if you can't afford it, well... there's nothing I can do to stop you downloading a copy. Not that I condone it, of course.





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March 9th, 2006 06:53 pm
Introduction

Welcome to graphics_school. I am your mod, wastedfairy. Let me explain a little bit to you about my intentions for this community.

Livejournal is all about icons.

If it were high school, the iconmakers would be the popular kids. Which is kind of ironic, really, as they're also the art geeks, and if Mean Girls taught me anything (other than that Lindsay Lohan looks way better with a bit of meat on her bones and Amanda Seyfried is the cutest thing ever) it is that art geeks are the unpopular kids.

Which is why LJ is awesome.

So, you want to be one of the good iconmakers? I'm going to try and show you how. When I first got an LJ, three years ago, I sucked. My first icons were made on MSPaint, and they sucked. Now, I'm not claiming to be the best of the best - I'm not, and there's a lot about graphics that I'm still learning. But I'm proficient, and it's my aim to make you proficient too.

The posts in this community will be a series of lessons, just like a school (hence the name). The first deals with the ultimate basics - opening Photoshop, starting a new document. The next, shows you how to make a very simple icon. Gradually, over the coming weeks I will show you how to use various different aspects of Photoshop. I will endeavour to explain everything. Anything you don't understand? Ask me.

The aim of this place is to go with you, from the beginning. To show you exactly what to do, with no complicated lingo, no jibes at your lack of knowledge, no criticism at your graphics skill (unless you ask for it).

Sites like icon_tutorial are awesome - they taught me a lot, and they'll teach you too. But for a complete and utter graphics newbie, it'll confuse the hell out of you. This place... shouldn't.


Now, are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin...

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