Tutorial for cleaning and recoloring images - especially for the blue toned images from the Supernatural TV show. But is applicable for ANY image.
All SPN screencaps in this tutorial were made by bluebear_74
Download the full size image used here
Open it in Photoshop & Crop to 100 x 100 pixels
Duplicate the layer & Rename the new layer "clean"
Check Show More Options to show all options available
Tonal Width: 50
Filters> Noise> Median
Filters> Sharpen> UnSharp Mask
Duplicate the layer & Rename the new layer "recolored"
Image> Adjustments> Selective Color
Image> Adjustments> Levels
Input Levels (top three boxes): 5 .95 245
Output Levels (bottom two boxes): 20 255
Image> Adjustments> Auto Contrast
Set Layer Opacity for "recolored" layer to 75%
I record these steps as an action and have the computer automatically batch process entire folders of screencaps (File> Automate> Batch Process).
This way literally hundreds of pics are done in a fraction of the time.
Download Action HERE
NOTE: After opening a picture and starting the action, the action will let you crop the picture and then it will automatically complete all the steps detailed above.
Here are some other icons made using the action: