socks3

tutorial #3

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step one
Since the base image was quite dark, I've first added a brightness/contrast layer increasing both brightness and contrast.
step two
The coloring here involves quite a few layers, mainly gradients as I love using these. The first one is a white/grey gradient (view) on soft light and a with a low opacity to make the image lighter. The next one is a greenish one (view) to reduce the red of the original image, also set to soft light and lowered the opacity a little. As third gradient I used a really colorful one (view) to just enhance the colors. I set it to soft light with a low opacity.
step three
As the icon was quite dark now, I've added a hue/saturation layer to enhance the colors, make them stand out more. Unfortunately, now the white overpowered everything. So, I added a dark brown color fill layer that I set to exclusion on a low opacity.
step four
As a final touch, I once again added a brightness/contrast layer increasing the contrast and reducing the brightness a little. Then another hue/saturation layer with only slightly increased saturation.
step four
On to spicing things up. The image was a bit blurry, so I sharpened it with the unsharp mask that I faded. Next, I added a light texture by cielo-gris. The final layer is the text with a simple K. in Georgia at 30pt.

tutorial #2

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step one
The cap was really dark, so the first step is to change that. I copied the base two times and set both of them to screen. Nice, but not enough. I added a curves layer making it even lighter.
step two
I added a really dark brown color fill layer and set it to exclusion to bring out the greens.
Since the colors were a bit dull now, I added a hue/saturation layerpulling up the saturation quite a lot. Next on is another color fill layer. This time a light blue one that I set to exlusion. It'll make the image a little darker again, emphasising the green. Then, I added another color fill layer, a beigy one that I set to vivid light with a lowered opacity. I didn't like the colors now, so I added a color balance layer. There I changed all three options, shadows (more red, less blue), midtones (less red and green, more blue), and highlights (more red, green and blue).
step three
Now it's time to pretty things up some more.
I added two beigy textures, both by spooky-window. The first one was set to multiply with a lowered opacity to bring out the brownish tones. The second a little lighter one had basically the same settings. As I had reduced the cap size, the image had become blurry, so I sharpened it with the unsharp mask and faded it then.
The final layer is the text. I added 'alone again, naturally' in Georgia at 7pt in white. I copied this layer once. Since the background made it difficult to read, I copied the layer once again and changed the color to a dark brown and moved it under the white the layers and a little off to the side and top.

tutorial #1

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step one
To improve the coloring, I've first added a simple white to grey gradient (view), set it to soft light and lowered the opacity a bit. Next on, I'Ve added a brightness/contrast layer where I've reduced the brightness a bit and increased the contrast.
step two
Now the icon looks nice but there's still some things missing; it's a little bare. So, I've added sme tiny text that I made myself. Additionally, I also added a light texture made by innocent_lexys.

And that's it already. I normally use more layers but sometimes it doesn't need much to make a nice icon.