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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!!)

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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. :)




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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!




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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.


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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.



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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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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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