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01 September 2004 @ 02:44 pm
Very Very Short and Simple icon tutorial for PS + Blend Modes reference table.  
How to make many different icons similar to the one I’m using in just a few *very* easy steps in Photoshop 7. This can also act as a guide to blend modes.

This is the base we’re using; I got from cateblanchett.net:

Paste the base into a new 100x100 px document. Above it, paste one of the beautiful star bases from cincodemaygirl’s post over here. I’ll be using this one:

Change the blend mode and/or opacity of the star image - here's how:

Then add a border, and there you go!

Examples using different blend modes and opacities:

You can work from here to tweak the icon - for example, you could run the star base through Variations (Image -> Adjustments -> Variations), change the Hue/Saturation (Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation), use one of the blur filters on the star image (Filter -> Blur), use two different star textures set to different blend modes.

I'd love to know if you found this useful. And if you have any questions/criticism, that's welcome too. :)

(x-posted to icon_tutorial)