April 6th, 2017

No purge @ 09:07 pm

Posting purely so this asylum doesn't disappear during a purge.

August 14th, 2010

Smooth curvy lines @ 03:00 pm

Help! Help! I am trying to make a smooth, curvy line with the Pen tool. All of my lines look really jagged though, like:


All of the tutorials I've read have the curvy lines looking smooth without telling how they got it that way. See here for what I am trying to do.

Can any of you help? Thanks!

ETA- Thanks to nerilka, I can do smooth curved lines. Now, how do I make a smooth spiral, like a tornado?

June 3rd, 2010

Tutorial #6 @ 10:06 am


The dreaded blue screen caps again!

I just made this icon and since it was surprisingly simple to fix the blue coloring I decided to throw this tutorial together.

We're going to go from this ---> Photobucket to this ---> Photobucket

Steps in here )

March 25th, 2010

My first ever Icon Tutorial. @ 05:26 pm

I've never done one of these before so bear with me okay. [info]redrose_7272 ask me how I did the icon of Gus. I'm going to try to do a step by step for you to get this icon.

Gus Icon Tutorial )

Icon composition @ 10:57 am

I'm trying to get fancy with my icons, but I don't really know how to do this. I've been just jumping in, but I wonder if there are any guidelines, rules, or tutorials for this.

Here are some of the icons I've been working on. )

March 15th, 2010

Color Adj @ 12:43 pm

Can someone tell me how reduce the white on Brian and Justin's faces in this pic? Thanks!

Large pic )

March 11th, 2010

My turn! @ 08:02 pm

Current Mood: amused

[info]kari77 had the most awesome idea to post a sample of old (beginner) icons vs newer icons so we could see how we've progressed over time. This is a great way to show newer artists that we all had to start somewhere! I couldn't pick just one set to share because I made some really bad icons when I started! LOL

Old --> Photobucket New --> Photobucket

Old --> Photobucket New --> Photobucket

Old --> Photobucket New --> Photobucket

Feel free to tear the old ones down, they deserve it!

A work in progress @ 10:20 pm

Hope it's OK to post this here, but after [info]anotheryear talked about getting into icon making, I remembered when I first meddled with PS, a long, loooong time ago.

So I thought it might be fun to share one of our very first icons and a fairly recent one, as encouragement for newcomers, and to show that we all had to start somewhere.

The graphic genius that is [info]zaipixie made a similar post some time ago, and it was very interesting to see the progress of the different artists.

Without further ado I'll be the first. Almost 4 years passed between these two icons. I hope there is indeed some progress visible here. lol

Then: and now:

ETA: So, I showed you mine, now show me yours. ;-) I'll add the links as we go along.

* * * [info]nerilka24 did it. * * *

* * * Here is [info]maxymama's post. * * *

* * * [info]brianslave68 shared her progress here. * * *

* * * And here is [info]pfodge's post. * * *

* * * [info]michira70 partakes too. * * *

* * * Here [info]qafmaniac reveals her past and present. * * *

January 4th, 2010

Question about "depth" @ 02:31 am

I know the basics and some intermediate steps for making icons. However, my icons still seem to lack a certain depth that I see in others' works and I am not quite sure how to capture that. Here are some examples. )

December 22nd, 2009

Falling object icon tutorial. @ 11:06 pm

I wrote up a falling object icon tutorial, to explain how to use Photoshop to make icons such as:

Photobucket by ohfreckle or Photobucket by me

Check it out at my journal.

November 17th, 2009

Icon Tutorial Links @ 05:01 pm

Here is a great tutorial that helps explain Histograms, Levels, and Curves. And if you don't know what those words mean, don't be scared off. Before I read this tutorial, I would play around with the sliders and noticed the changes, but I didn't know what the point was and was mostly stumbling around in the dark.

While looking up references and links for a tutorial on animated icons, I found one specifically for Gimp, which many of you use: Here. I don't use Gimp, so I can't verify the quality of this tutorial. Remember that the size limit for icons is 40 kb for Live Journal (and elsewhere) and 100 kb for Insane Journal.

November 12th, 2009

Putting Text on Icons @ 12:21 pm

I was wondering if someone could give me a few tips on putting text on icons. I've had a scroll through the asylum and didn't see a tutorial on this subject.

I'm pretty useless at making icons but I can manage in a pinch, however I have never been able to do text. Can anyone help?

Oh! And I use Photoshop but I have access to GIMP.

October 15th, 2009

Tutorial #5 @ 09:38 pm


[info]maxymama was asking over here how to make a particular image into a nice, clear icon.

My result:


Just 4 little layers )

September 6th, 2009

Tutorial for dark, blue-ish caps @ 03:26 am

Over the last months I learned a lot about lightening and cleaning up QaF caps, from tutorials by fellow icon makers or simply by trial and error.
Tonight I worked with a cap from episode 403, Brian and Emmett at Babylon. I was pleased with the result and thought that it would make a great tutorial. It is written for Photoshop, but I think most of it is translatable to Gimp in a way.

How to go from here to here ==>

Since there are a few fans here who recently got started in the world of icon making, I added a lot of blabbering in depth explanations why I did what I did (even if I didn't really know what I was doing. lol) So, beware of a long ass post by a non-native speaker.

Here we go )

August 27th, 2009

Color correcting @ 01:32 pm

Can anybody help me color correcting this (taken by inner_justin, I believe). I have been using Photoshop and keep messing around with the color balance and selective color options, but I am not sure I am maximizing the change potential. Any help?


August 19th, 2009

Question about coloring/lighting @ 09:36 pm

Is there anything to do to this icon to lighten it, to see the skin and hair color better?


July 19th, 2009

Tutorial #4 @ 10:14 pm


Several weeks ago [info]maxymama asked how I made the header that's on my journal. I found the image that I used with the steps for how I made the 'sketch effect'. Not sure what else to call it! Anyway, hope this is interesting to someone out there.

The sketch effect )

Tutorial #3 from me :-) @ 12:08 am


I made this graphic today and thought it turned out pretty cool so I figured I'd share how I made it. This was surprisingly easy to do.


Textures are our friends )

June 24th, 2009

Question about polaroid-style brushes @ 03:06 pm

I come with a question! I am trying to make a graphic with a Polaroid-look, more info )

June 18th, 2009

Blue light tutorial @ 10:24 pm

Current Mood: tired

This is in response to [info]michira_70's post over here requesting help in lightening/cleaning up dark blue caps. This is one example of some methods I use. These exact settings won't necessarily work for every dark blue cap but will hopefully provide a starting point. Always remember to play around with the opacity of your layers and try different colors as well.

Here we go! )