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

LEVEL - MEDIUM/ADVANCED-BEGINNER.

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: Copy this image, and set to Soft Light.


4: Copy this image, and open it in a new canvas, so now you have two of this image (Leave one of these images alone)



5: Create a floodfill layer with #000C7F, and set to Exculsion 100%



6: Create another floodfill layer with #FEB7D7, and set to Soft Light 100%.



7: Create one last floodfill layer with #A6A6A6, and set to Color Burn 40-60%.



8: Copy your image from Step 4, and set it on top of your image from steps 5-7, and set to Soft Light 100%, merge layers.



9: Copy this image, and set to Multiply, 100%



10:  Add some text or brushes, and you're done!

 

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