Hello,guys! On Dreamwidth at icontalking we're having an 'Ask the maker' activity this month and a guide on getting the icon below has been requested. Please know that although there are many and other sophisticated ways of creating icons, the methods I use are very basic & work for me on photoshop CS2.lol,yes,old app,I know. :D
1. Crop the image using 1:1 or 100px X 100px.
2. Duplicate the layer. Set it on 'screen'. Sharpen the layer. This will give us a brightened icon.
3.The brightened layer was too bright so I changed the opacity & fill to 90%.
4.Now merge the layers or on a new layer choose ‘apply image’. This will be our base layer.
6.Select the middle part and flip the ‘base’ layer. Or you can just flip the layer.
7.On a new layer set to ‘clipping mask’ over the middle layer, fill with a bright colour. Set this layer on ‘Saturation’.
8.For the upper layer, make it black & white. I used a white layer set on 'Color'.
9.The lower one will be coloured red. I used a red layer on ‘Multiply’ to get the effect.
10.Change the brightness & contrast to get a less saturated look.
11.Merge or ‘apply image’ to get the final icon. You can stop here but I wanted a subtle change.
12. One last thing. :) Set the FINAL layer on ‘soft light’ with 50-60 % opacity & fill. DONE!
Please, don't hesitate to ask questions. I may not be very good at tutorials so I'd be happy to clarify anything that might be confusing.
Tutorial with pictures if it helps.