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tips and tricks for Final Fantasy icons
Lightning// effervescent 
5th-Nov-2007 06:23 pm
☆ [ff] i feel pretty. *sparkles*
I noticed that a couple of people were interested to know how I colored this image. I finally duplicated roughly the same effect so I thought I would make a tutorial. \o/

From this to Made in PSCS3 and contains selective coloring.

I tried this technique on a couple of different images and I have noticed that it can produce some serious ugly! If there is a lot of red in your base, your icon will turn out looking very, very wrong. So, I suggest something with a lot of muted colors. :)

I wanted something that fit the word "effervescent" so I wanted her lips to be red and pop!

step one>> I duplicated my base and set it to 'screen' @ 45% because I didn't want things to get too washed out yet.

step two>> I then made a curves layer with no values and set that layer to 'soft light' @ 100%. I find that gives a lot of contrast for a bold effect. (I picked that trick up somewhere but I can't remember where because I'm sure I didn't come up with that!)

step three>> Duplicated the base twice, dragged both to the top and set one to 'screen' and one to 'soft light'. Both of them were at full strength and then I merged those two layers only. Then I set the merged layers to 'soft light' @ 60%.

step four>> I added a color fill layer of a bright yellow (#fff600). I knew I would be adding a lot of blue in my selective color layers so I wanted it to balance out. And set that layer to "soft light".

step five>> Selective color: Reds; -100, 0, 100, 100
Yellows; -24, 0, -26, 0
Magentas; -100, -100, -100, 0
Neutrals; 70, -20, -80, 14

step six>> Here is where the crazy reds come in. Add another selective color layer:
Reds; -100, 100, 100, 100
Yellows; 0, 0, -60, 0
Neutrals; 0, 0, 0, 16

step seven>> I added a brightness/contrast layer and my setting were +5 brightness and +14 contrast.

And that's all she wrote. :D
6th-Nov-2007 04:08 am (UTC)
*applauds* Thank yooooou soooooooo much! I really appreciate this so thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥ Because some of my icons still reek of noobie. D:
6th-Nov-2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
No problem! :D
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6th-Nov-2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥ :)

:( You know I tried to duplicate the same effect with some color balance layers but I'm not smart enough for that, lol!
6th-Nov-2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Do you have any general tips for selective coloring, or do you just mess around with it & hope you get something you like?
6th-Nov-2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Generally I try not to mess with the neutral setting too much. I just find when I mess with the neutrals it's too absolute? I guess that's the word. Or when I do mess with the neutrals I figure out what color I'm adding the most of. Like in the tutorial icon, I knew I was going to add a lot of blue because I wanted her eye and the sky to look really vibrant, I added a yellow color fill. When I add lots of yellow I usually add a blue color fill layer. Just to make things a little more natural.

I have also found that when I like how the settings are enhancing colors in some parts of the icon that I am happy with but it's ruining others (usually people's faces) I just erase those parts or lower the opacity.

But when it comes to the actual numbers, I have no idea what I am going to use. I just slide the bar until I added or subtracted enough of the color I wanted because I always have an idea of what colors I want to enhance or take away.

I really hope helped somewhat instead of just coming off as me rambling at you. :)
6th-Nov-2007 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, that does help! Thank you! :D

I've started messing with selective coloring more & more--but 'messing around' is exactly what it is! There's no rhyme or reason; I just slide the bar back & forth & hope I don't screw things up too much. ^.~

I like the trick of adding a color fill to help balance things. I'll have to try that.
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