Marie (radiochick) wrote in mczicon_love,
Marie
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How To!

wizard_icontest was having a contest where we were to make an icon of a character from Harry Potter that wasn't cast in the movies yet. I chose to use Tonks as my subject. The icon won Mod's Choice :D




I used images from Harry Potter 3 and of me ;) from photoshoots with my band.

I'll teach you how to make it now:

take this image and crop it to look like this:

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Next create a new layer and color the hair with #ff0084. Bring down the opacity to "41%"

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Next take this image and crop it to look like this:
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Next, play with the curves to color correct the image...
Image > Mode > CMYK Color
Image > Adjustments > Curves

When your image looks like this stop:
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Now resize the image to width: 135 pixles and heigth: 187
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Now make a new blank image and move both of these images together.

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Play with the brightness/contrast a bit. DONT OVER DO IT!!
close the eye on your Lupin layer and create a layer mask on your "Tonks". Once you've done this get rid of the background. Do this also to your Lupin layer.

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Enough with the manip, Now here comes the icon fun!

Create an icon 100x100pixles at 72dpi

place this as the background:

hogwarts school view
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Now highlight both layers of your Lupin and "Tonks" and move them over to your new icon. DONT RESIZE THEM.
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Now using your brightness/contrast move the brightness back on "Tonks" and Lupin a bit so it'll match the shadows the "sun" should create on your image... or until it looks perdy with a nice little mist. Use the burn tool for shadows in "Tonk's" and Lupin's hair and face. Use the sharpen tool on Lupin's eyes a bit so they don't look so blury.

When you feel that the image is to your liking; Add your text and then add a new layer for teenie brush text:
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Then create your last layer: for your border
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ALL DONE!
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