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move to the future ([personal profile] advancing) wrote in [community profile] novae2012-04-22 09:47 pm

10 ► [tutorial]

Note: This tutorial shall follow Adobe Photoshop CS5 techniques. If you are running CS4 or below, tell me and I'll be happy to explain any of the following terms in that language.

I thought it's been enough time for me to start on a graphic making tutorial, so we're going to start with this image of Emma Watson. Now, before I begin, I like to start by double-clicking the image in the layers tab (NOTE: It is not where the top bar says "File, Edit, Image, Layer, etc.") After that is done, I go to Filter -> Sharpen -> Smart Sharpen. Sometimes, Sharpen Edges also works, so it's a personal preference as far as that's concerned.

When that is done, what next is to touch the image up.

First, I go to Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation. A +36 in the saturation value would be best. Next, I go to Image -> Adjustments -> Vibrance. Thiss will help make it brighter and crisper, as well. +37 is what you'd want to put in the vibrance. Do not touch the saturation scale as we've already done that! Next, I like to work with the curves. With this, you should get these values:



The rest from here on out is aesthetic choice. You can just leave it at this point, add the textures you wish (I like to put the textures on either overlay or soft light, depending on preference and how much I want to let them show), or do what I'll show you next.

First off, I like to select the paint bucket tool and use this color to go along with it. Make a new layer and fill everything in. Put the layer on an overlay filter at 53% opacity. Make another new layer, select this color and then fill it in again. I'd put it on color burn and for this, the opacity can stay at 100%. Then, make another layer and use this color. I'd put it on a multiply layer at 20% opacity.

After all of this, your image should look something like this when done.

I hope this tutorial has helped and if you have any questions, feel free to let me know!