This was originally made for severalplums Challenge 71 and was posted there November 2009.
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This was made with Photoshop 7 and uses several filters and a Gradient Map.
I usually resize straight after cropping. However, since I was sitting at a different computer where the mouse didn't react the way I wanted it to, I left it the way it was.
I added a mask to the layer and "erased" the background by painting those parts black on the mask.
To soften the edges, I used a Gaussian Blur set to 2,8.
Now I resized the image to 100x100 and put it into a blank image of the same size (with a black background). It's a safety precaution so I don't accidentally safe my changes as the original image.
I renamed it as "Original". I copied the layer and set it to Screen at 30%.
As I was at a loss when it came to a nice colouring that wasn't the original, I decided to make a grayscale icon.
I did this by adding a Gradient Layer (Foreground=Black, Background=White, Layer>Adjustment Layer>Gradient Map).
Since I didn't like the contrast (and the levels where fine), I added a Brightness/Contrast layer and set the contrast to #19.
I thought it looked a bit boring and since I love the raster effect, I decided to add some. Instead of using one of the textures that made me first fall in love with the effect, I decided to make my own.
For that I created a new layer between the black background and the original layer. I used a randomly sized brush and painted black and white blobs wherever I felt like it. Then I used the "Gaussian Blur" filter at 2,2 on the layer before using the "Halftone Pattern" filter with the values 1 and 5.
Finally, I played around with the opacity before settling at 30%.
This is my palette: