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Icon Tutorial!

Program: Photoshop CS

Before
 

 After
 


No brushes, textures, or layers needed to complete the 9 easy steps to do this.



 Step 1:
 
Download the full size image used here
Open it in Photoshop & Crop to 100 x 100 pixels
 











Step 2:
Image>Adjustments>Shadow/Highlight

Check Show More Options to show all options available

Shadow
Amount: 25
Tonal Width: 200
Radius: 0

Highlight
Amount: 50
Tonal Width: 30
Radius: 30

Adjustments
Color Correction: +5
Midtone: Contrast: -15

 Step 3:
Filters> Noise> Median

Radius: 2
 Step 4:
 Edit> Fade

Opacity: 30
 Step 5:
Filters> Sharpen> UnSharp Mask
Amount: 75
Radius: 1.3
Threshold: 3
 Step 6:

Image> Adjustments> Auto Color
 Step 7:
Edit> Fade

Opacity: 25
 Step 8:

Image> Adjustments> Levels
Input Levels (the three boxes): 0    0.95    255
Output Levels (the two boxes): 10   244
 Step 9:

Filters> Sharpen> Unsharp Mask
Amount: 25
Radius: 15.0
Threshold: 5

 


End Notes
It may seem like a whole lot of steps but its just about selecting a tool and moving the sliders) about. Play around. I usually just do Shadow/Highlight, Median and Unsharp mask and its rather quick. You can even Save the settings used or record them via actions.

If there is anything you don't understand or just feel overwhelmed- I'm definitely willing to help ^__^


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