Avatar/LJ Icon Tutorial:
Written by Aly. Done in PS 7.0

LEVEL - MEDIUM/MID-LEVEL.

How to turn this:

Into This:

1:  Choose your image, and crop it to 100x100 pixels, and sharpen*


2: Copy your image, and set the blending option to Screen.



3: Open your Selective Color option. (Image >> Adjustments >> Selective Color...)
Set your Method to Absolute.



4: Follow these instructions:
Reds:
Cyan -100, Magenta +100, Yellow -100, Black +100
Yellows:
Cyan -100, Magenta +100, Yellow +100, Black +100
Neutrals:
Cyan +5, Magenta -10, Yellow -25, Black +5
Blacks:
Cyan, 0, Magenta 0, Yellow 0, Black +30

5: Now go forth and customize at will!

 

PS: This is my absolute favorite coloring for icons. I'd love to see your results!!


 

*Please remember that sharpening always depends upon the image you are using.