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Atemu in Armor Tutorial

We are going to turn this

Into this: title or description

Warning: First tutorial, wrote for beginners. Very image heavy.




This tutorial is designed for Photoshop CS though I think it's probably translatable.

Step 1. Open your selected image. In my case I choose a screencap of Atemu taken from Capsule monsters episode by daimeryan_rei.

Step 2. Cropping


In Photoshop cropping is extremely easy. For it, we simply have to use the crop tool, step by step as indicated bellow. The dimensions used are appropriate for lj icons but they can be used for several other things, simply needing to adapt for the required use.


- Select the crop tool

title or description

- Insert the dimensions you desire for your picture (100x100 px as we wish to do a lj icon)

title or description

- Select the area you wish to crop

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- Right-click and choose crop

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- After cropping

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Step 3. Image treatment

a) Unsharp mask


I learned this little trick in another tutorial and since then I’ve always used it. It’s much easier to control the degree of sharpness in an icon if we keep an eye on the settings that we are using. I normally use the ones bellow and adjust them to what I wish.

- Go to Filter/Sharpen/Unsharp mask

title or description

- Insert the settings seen on the picture

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- Go to Edit/Fade Unsharp Mask

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- Set to the degree of sharpness more adequate to your picture. In this case, I set it to 50 %

title or description

b) Auto contrast/levels

Depends on the user but I use at least auto-contrast. I can chose later to use curves but it depends on the user. It’s merely an easy way to prepare an image.

- Go to Image/Adjustments/Auto Contrast

title or description

- Repeat with Auto Levels

Step 4. Coloring

a) Add exclusion layer

- Go to Layer/New fill layer/Solid color

title or description

- Set to Exclusion

title or description

- Introduce the code of the chosen color. I choose #0C0C56, a dark blue.

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b) Add gradients

- Open the gradient file. Right-click on it and choose select all. Press ctrl+C

title or description

- Return to your picture and press ctrl+V

- Set to soft light

title or description

- Set to 70% opacity

title or description

- Add this gradient title or description and set to soft light, 100% opacity. Gradient by lavaliere.

- Add this gradient title or description and set to Overlay, 100% opacity. Gradient by lavaliere.

- Duplicate the base image (right-click on the layer and select duplicate layer) and drag on top of all others. Set to Pin light, 100% opacity. This is alternate step.

- Add this texture title or description and set to soft light, 100% opacity.

- Duplicate the base layer again and drag it on top of all others. Set to soft light, 100% opacity.

- Add this texture title or description on multiply, 50% opacity.

- Add this texture title or description on multiply, 100% opacity.

- Add this texture title or description on multiply, 38% opacity.

This last step depends on whether or not the user wishes for the lines to be more or less visible. In this icon I didn’t so I erased the part covering most of Atemu and simply lowered the opacity until I thought it seemed alright.



And that's it ^___^ I hope it's alright, any questions or doubts and feel free to ask them. Also, all gradients are not mine and I will credit if I am informed as to who they belong. All textures except for the first (which is by dearest) are mine.

Please credit to exiled_valkyrie or to oceanicicons if you wish to take the icon.
Tags: icons, tutorial, yu-gi-oh
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