Program: PS CS3
Difficulty: Easy (using Curves, Levels and adding textures)
PSD: Sure, just ask.**
This one is my very first tutorial. So please be nice. :D
Choose a screencap, crop and resize.
I choose this screencap, made by marishna
Duplicate your layer, set it to screen, 70%
See, how the icon brightens up? I always do it like this, it's better to work with that than the darker base.
Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves
I know, I know. It's darker now. But that's how it should be. Curves are good to deepen the icon. At least that what I use them for.
Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels
0 – 1,00 – 218
And this layer brightens the icon up, again. (:
Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Brightness/Contrast
And now it's even brighter and it's still deepened. But do you see the heaven? We definitly need a blue texture. Because I wanted the heaven to be a great blueish heaven.
Open the texture and add it to your icon. Make sure it's above all the other layers! Erase the part of the texture which deranges the icon.
Set it to: Darker Color, 64%
I used this texture by discolore
Open another texture and put it over the texture before. To add some light points.
Set it to: Lighter Color, 45%
I used this texture by bamboofan @ deviantart
Make a new layer from all the layers before. (alt + ctrl + shift + e), sharpen it and play with the opacity until you like it. (I set it to 60%)
And now you're finished! :D
Remember to play with the settings and stuff. It will always look different, cause every screencap/image is different. (:
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