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FFEC Tactics
tips and tricks for Final Fantasy icons
26th-Jan-2008 06:01 pm
☆ [ff] i feel pretty. *sparkles*
going from this to
Made in PS CS3; involves some selective coloring.

You know this is the first icon I have made in a long time that has color fill layers!... I'm pretty sure I picked it up from somewhere. :')


one; resize, crop and do whatever else you normally do to make a base.

two; make a new layer and fill it with #4450f7(or a similar shade of blue) and set that to 'luminosity' @ 100%.

three; things are not looking that great so I duplicated the base, dragged it to the top and set it to soft light @ 100%. Still not all that pretty but I'm getting there.

four; I knew I was going to make things radioactive at one point so I made a new layer and filled it with a dark blue (#020840) and set it to 'exclusion' @ 100%. That way some of the colors will be more muted.

five; make a new layer and fill it with a light pink (#ffc9f5) and set it to 'soft light' @ 100%. For the purposes of this icon it gave it a purplish hue.

six; to add more contrast I duplicated the base, dragged to the top and set it to 'soft light' @ 100%.

seven; I added a color balance layer to enhance some colors and add even more contrast.
Midtones- 23, -13, -18
Shadows- -14, 13, 11

eight; I wanted to add some red/purple so I added a selective color layer with these values;
REDS: -85, 47, 50, 60
YELLOWS: 0, 0, 18, 0
GREENS: 100, -100, 100, 100 (that was for Rydia really)
NEUTRALS: -12, 4, 4, 4

nine; still not enough contrast so duplicate the base, drag it to the top and set at 'soft light' @ 100%

ten; needs some texture abuse. So I took by soaked and flipped it horizontally. I set it to 'multiply' @ 100%. I added by haudvafra and set it to 'screen' @ 100%.

eleven; needs more... clutter. So I took this rather large texture, flipped it horizontally and resized it so that the yellow splash thing would fit nicely in the lower right hand corner. Set it to 'multiply' @ 80% and I erased most of the blue parts covering Rydia.

twelve; I added some text (Imperator) and then I merged everything and sharpened. (I probably faded the sharpening a tad as well).

Ta-Da! \o/
27th-Jan-2008 12:24 am (UTC)
8D Thanks for the tutorial. I was peculiarly curious about the texturing, thank you so much for sharing :)

If only I can remember what I did with texturing of Baschilles XP
27th-Jan-2008 12:29 am (UTC)
You're welcome! :D

Bachilles! XD I loved that icon. ♥
28th-Jan-2008 05:28 am (UTC)
It's not as awesome as your Snow Vayne XDDD We, fangirls, have weird ways in showing affection to our favourite characters XP
27th-Jan-2008 03:36 am (UTC)
28th-Jan-2008 05:30 am (UTC)
Candyman!Gabranth ;D

I was going to put "Sucker!" instead (in reference to the candy, not the man, mind you! XD), but people might really get the wrong idea XP
27th-Jan-2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I'll come back & read this later; just wanted to say I love that Leviathan icon!
27th-Jan-2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :D
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27th-Jan-2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! I makes me feel like I am being listened to. ;D

Thank you very much! ♥

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