silvercaladan (silvercaladan) wrote in saladdressing,

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There's a thunderstorm outside my window.

Allo, allo. I presume you've come to learn how I made the pretty yellow icon below.

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But first, I should identify who you're about to learn about. That would be Emma Lahana, the actress/singer who plays the Yellow Ranger in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, which I am totally in love with. Unfortunately, the series ended, but I plan on eventually buying the entire season...

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The first step is, obviously, to crop this screenshot from The Dig Site, which is no longer open for business.

Be careful to never center your focal point. In this case, I cropped with her face/neck along the right side. Copy and paste, then erase all of the background. All you want is her face.
Sharpen the base once or twice, then resize and sharpen again if you need to.
Afterwards, I duplicated the base twice, set the first layer to screen, then the top to overlay. Or something close to that; it looks pretty similar.

Please note that these images are not of the highest quality, so some of the colors may be visibly off.

I ended up with this:
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Now we add texture/background. I have several random images from GettyImages to use for this, and the one I used here is one such image. It is of a kind of rusted sheet metal.

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Select any 100x100 piece of your texture, and place it behind the base. I didn't think the colors were good enough, so I duplicated the texture selection, placed it above the base layers, and then set the layer to Soft Light.

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Now, I have found that the best way to lower the saturation on an image is to use the Gradient Map option... hell, I use this option for everything. I luff it.

Anyway, use a white to black gradient set to normal.

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Now fill a layer with any color of yellow, though I used a bright, happy color. Set this layer to color.

Duplicate the gradient map you placed earlier, move the duplicate above the yellow layer, and change the mode Lighten at 45% Opacity.

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Lets take away random splotches of color, now. I opened a Light FX, defined the brush, then placed it on its own layer in black. However, the black wasn't where I wanted it to be, so I flipped the layer itself horizontally. Change the layer mode to Hue, and duplicate. You'll end up with this:

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I opened another Light FX from the same pack. Copy and paste this image onto the top layer, then flip it horizontally. Set the layer to Soft Light, then erase any part of the image that covers Emma's face.

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This next part looks suspiciously like one of my own text brushes, so I'll treat it as such. Define the brush, then place it, in white, on a new layer (not that it matters, but the words are from Alfred Tennyson's poem Charge of the Light Brigade). Change the layer mode to Overlay.

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Now we add a border. I used a brush from </a></b></a>inexorablyhere's stash. I can't tell you which pack its in, but I know its her's. Define the brush, and put it on a top layer, in white.

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Tally ho to the fun part!

"bananas" is in a font called Decker, at 12 pt. "yellow" is in the same font, only 18 pt. "should be" is in a font called Acidic, which is really good for smaller fonts, at 7 pt. Place them all in white, and stagger the words however you please. I prefer random assortments.

Here comes the tricky part. Pay close attention.

Create a new layer beneath the words, and, using the polygonal lasso tool, make random, polygonal selections. Fill these selections with black. The black shapes should make the words visible, as well as provide an interesting addition. It really doesn't matter if there are points sticking out, or parts of the selection have no words nearby; the point is to add in a vibe.

NOW that you have all the words underlined with boxes (preferably on the same layer), select that entire layer (by holding down the Ctrl key and clicking on the layer), and make a new layer above that but below the words. Go to your gradients, and select any. I picked two from my icon; a bright yellow and a darker brownish-yellow, and created a gradient. It can go whichever way you like, but mine went left to right. Delete the black layer. You won't be needing it.

I then duplicated the gradient/selection layer twice, set the first to Color Burn, and the second to Multiply at 30% Opacity.

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Almost done, I swear.

Last but not least, we're going to fill up that slightly blank space beneath the words. I don't know whose brush this is, because I seem to be missing about five of my bookmarks, so if its yours... please tell me because I absolutely adore your brushes and would love more. ((EDIT: I figured it out. Its from

Anyway, place several of this brush, in white, in different sizes and facing different ways, so that it seems more disorganized. And then we're done!

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