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12 June 2008 @ 07:43 pm
Kaiser - tutorial: Burnt Orange  
How to create

in Photoshop 6.0+

This tutorial does not translate to other programs.




I apologize in advance - this tutorial has many many curves layers which aren't easy to duplicate. I'm sure people will be wondering, But Kaiser, why don't you just provide a PSD, and make this easier for both of us? Well, the truth is, for my own reasons, I don't like giving out PSDs. Besides, doing it yourself gives you a better feel for why the layers work the way they do. And um, builds character! >> Lots of character.

I use a lot of Curves layers, so a note regarding them - I leave the existing points where they are. You are just creating new points, not moving the old ones. For an idea of what I mean, see this image.

This tutorial assumes that you are extremely familiar with Photoshop. If you have any questions regarding it, feel free to ask!




»First, the base:



»Next, create a Curves layer:
Leave RBG and Red alone.

Green
Create a point at Input:71, Output:79.
Create a point at Input:182, Output:179

Blue
Create a point at Input:74, Output:80.
Create a point at Input:173, Output:193.

»Set the opacity of that layer to 48%


»Create another Curves layer:
RBG
Create a point at Input:74, Output:80.
Create a point at Input:175, Output:197.

Red
Create a point at Input:68, Output:76.
Create a point at Input:202, Output:196.

Green
Create a point at Input:61, Output:58.
Create a point at Input:173, Output:175.

Blue
Create a point at Input:105, Output:90.
Create a point at Input:197, Output:191.


»Paste the following (rotated) texture by lookslikerain.deviantart.com to a new layer.


»Set that texture to Multiply, 41%


»Paste the following (cropped) texture by rainharbor.net to a new layer.


»Set that texture to Multiply, 67%


»Create another Curves layer: (sorry, bet you're sick of them already)
RGB
Create a point at Input:79, Output:77.
Create a point at Input:203, Output:234.

Red
Create a point at Input:61, Output:68.
Create a point at Input:200, Output:216.

Green
Create a point at Input:30, Output:39.
Create a point at Input:184, Output:197.

Blue
Create a point at Input:99, Output:93.
Create a point at Input:200, Output:181.


»Paste the following (modified) texture by ohfreckle to a new layer.


»Set that texture to Multiply, 50%


»Create a Channel Mixer layer:
Red
Red: +85
Green: -10
Blue: +10

Green
Red: -15
Green: +50
Blue: +55

Blue
Red: -50
Green: +75
Blue: + 60

»Set that layer's opacity to 71%.


»Create a Color Balance layer:
Midtones: +29, 0, -10
Highlights: -46, 0, +17


»Create a Curves layer:
RGB
Create a point at Input:178, Output:197.

You can leave Red, Blue and Green alone.


»Create a Selective Color layer:
Reds
Cyan: -58
Magenta: +19
Yellow: +30

Neutrals
Magenta: -8
Yellow: -10

»Set that layer's opacity to 67%


»Create another Selective Color layer:
Reds:
Cyan: -10
Yellow: +13

Cyans:
Cyan: +100
Magenta: -42
Yellow: -45
Black: +8

Blues:
Cyan: +100
Yellow: -92
Black: +63

Neutrals:
Magenta: -12
Yellow: -18
Black: +8

»Set that layer's opacity to 62%


»Paste the following (rotated) texture by lookslikerain.deviantart.com to a new layer.


»Set that layer to multiply, 50%


»Create another Curves layer: (Sorry, they're kind of my favourite, if you haven't noticed. ._.)
RGB
Create a point at Input:176, Output:200.

Red
Create a point at Input:190, Output:202.

You can leave green and blue alone.


»Create a Hue/Saturation layer:
Reds
Saturation: -14


»Ta-da~



»Other icons made with this:

Please take those from their respective iconposts (so please don't take the unposted ones yet, they'll be posted soon), and not this post. =)
 
 
Music: Disturbed - Inside The Fire
 
 
 
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Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on June 14th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
You're welcome! I find Curves layers really easy to use, personally, but they're not very easy to duplicate, unfortunately.
fuck you, internet porn will save the world: [place] cherry colaimpactbomb on June 13th, 2008 02:51 am (UTC)
... stop making it difficult to pretend I don't want to have sex with your iconing ability, dammit >:(

This is actually really informative and while I probably won't ever use this exact method for any icons (because exact mimicry's no fun at all!), seeing how you do it is still educational and I'll at least be able to come up with some interesting new things to try now.
my heart stops when you look at me: all i want is to be your harbourmythos on June 13th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
This is hot, Kai. Really very hot.
my heart stops when you look at memythos on June 13th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
After doing some extra crap.



It's mostly taught me how awesome Channel Mixer is. A+
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on June 13th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
Channel Mixer is so incredible.

I'm horrible with it, though. I usually just make very small changes to it and otherwise modify stuff with Curves, because it's so much easier for me.
-: eureka 7 // holland // thoughtssinspire on June 13th, 2008 04:31 am (UTC)
Oh god that is so awesome. And wooow I have no idea how you work with so many curves layers! Anyway, this is what I got, with a bit of tweaking:



I like it! Really different from my usually coloring. I think I'm definitely going to use this, or at least parts of it. Thanks! ♥

(Also, omggg you're making the iron man icons!)
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on June 14th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I have a bad habit of adding more curves layers when I could probably just tweak the existing ones.

(=D Delicious iron man, I can't resist)
cool exec with a heart of steel: CHAR ♦ time is out of jointiron on June 15th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Oh damn, that is so awesome. I've always wondered how you did your coloring. Thank you for this, I'll definitely be trying out your methods. ♥

And you're just like me. XD I always add new adjustment layers instead of just tweaking already existing ones. Creates such a mess in the layer palette on days I decide to be overly particular about the icon.
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on June 20th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
(eek, sorry for the late reply, I've been so busy lately)

Thanks! Yeah, it's a bad habit of mine, I end up with so many layers by the time I'm done, especially because the actual psd often features old ones I've since made invisible.
Choppy: [HALO] - Master Chieffearthechopstic on July 31st, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Wow, this tutorial is awesome! I didn't really use curves all that much, but I experimented with channel mixer and got these:
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on September 30th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
Super late, for some reason I didn't get the e-mail for this comment. =x

Thank you!
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Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on September 30th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see people liking it.

I'm sure you can get the same effect without using curves, but curves is what I find easiest to use, so I abuse it mercilessly.
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Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on October 10th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! (Sorry this is late)
earth has this sayinggarrus on October 10th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I finally got around to trying out this tutorial (the curves were so intimidating!) and after a bit of modification, this is what I ended up with:



(CROPS ARE THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE)
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on October 10th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
The curves layers are such a butt to copy from a tutorial. =x I get lazy and just copy them from one file to another within photoshop most of the time.
sniper valley.: macross f ☆ find the love to unfoldstarsurfer on October 18th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
AAHHH SO MANY CURVES LAYERS. I actually use curves too much for my own good, so it was really interesting to see your technique~ I think your colouring is amazing ♥
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on November 24th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
xD I abuse them so bad.

Thank you so much! (eek super late reply, I didn't see it until now, sorry! D=)
feé: zxg ~<3ryfee on November 22nd, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
This is probably kinda late but just want to say that I love your icons and this is such a great tut :)
I've tried it and here is the result:
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I had to change a few settings but otherwise I adore the coloring. You're very fond of curves aren't you XD I do use them a lot...but not as crazy as you I think :D

Very lovely♥
Ansem, seeker of the cockpowercorrupts on November 24th, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
Thanks! This tutorial is such a pain to duplicate, but people had been asking for one, so... =) I really abuse curves more than any other layer.
shiruji_angieshiruji_angie on May 28th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
It takes really long time to do the whole tutorial - but it's worth it :)

I'm not used to the channel mixer (I went crazy a few times because I wrote wrong numbers over and over again haha XD), but the tutorial is beautiful and I think my icons turned out great:



So I guess the more colorful colors there is in the base, cyan, yellow, red etc, the more perfect and colorful the icon gets, right?
:)