kerravonsen: Stone egg on moss: "Art is Life, Life is Art" (art)
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The results of Challenge #2x12, Blues are:

Embodiment of style
First: (a three-way tie!)
5 by [personal profile] stripped
9 by [personal profile] pensnest
23 by [personal profile] kerravonsen

22 by [personal profile] kerravonsen

Third: (another three-way tie!)
1 by [personal profile] nimmy
13 by [personal profile] watersword
20 by [personal profile] birgitriddle

I Just Like It
5 by [personal profile] stripped

Second: (a tie)
8 by [personal profile] pensnest
9 by [personal profile] pensnest

23 by [personal profile] kerravonsen

Mod's choice
8 by [personal profile] pensnest

Thank you, everyone!

I've also revealed the entries in the challenge entry post.

Now, discuss! How did you make your icons? Techniques, tips, difficulties?

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Date: 2010-07-21 06:38 am (UTC)
birgitriddle: (SKU - Utena & Anthy hands w/ rose)
From: [personal profile] birgitriddle
I think I'm still trying to figure out how I placed third (even if it was a three-way tie) in an icon contest. x.x

Wasn't expecting it, especially that it was easily made. I think I cropped the original source picture (can be found at and overlaid it with a blue gradient texture and changed the texture's opacity. I did this in GIMP, though I am just learning the program.
Edited (to fix wording) Date: 2010-07-21 01:24 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2010-07-21 07:41 am (UTC)
pensnest: Town Crier from Rome clears his throat, caption AHEM (Rome Ahem)
From: [personal profile] pensnest
Hi! Thanks for the votes, and congratulations to the other winners.

Icons were made in Photoshop, I can remember whether it was CS3 or CS5, but I don't think it makes any difference. My waterlily icon was cropped from a picture by naturlovr which I found on StockXchge.

The basic move was to add a gradient map (I love gradient maps) using colours 223046/e9fbfc, a dark and a pale blue. I did a merge layer, set to Hard Light, then duplicated this layer and did an Unsharp Mask filter (program defaults). I duplicated this last layer again and added a Gaussian Blur at 6.0, masked out the lily, and set this to Hard Light. I like the way it comes out looking more like an illustration than a photo!

The 'Facepalm' icon also involves a Gradient Map, using 384f72/e9fbfc. I think Gradient Maps are a great way of changing the basic colours of an icon. I set this to Color, then duplicated it and set the duplicate layer to Soft Light. Then a Curves layer, setting the RGB line to a shallow S-shape to increase the contrasts.

I added a texture I made a while back, set to soft light, which really brings out the statue's face, then the text is Lithos Pro, font size 14, AV 50.

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Date: 2010-07-21 08:23 am (UTC)
nimmy: (a place in the dark)
From: [personal profile] nimmy
damn! that was over a week ago and you expect me to remember???

I currently use Paint Shop Pro so I can't be sure how that translates to Photoshop (which I now have but am still learning)

I started by changing the 'temperature' of the crop, dragging it down to cool/blue then I made a brush from the AAR logo and used it three times, each time making the brush smaller and harder/less transparent (sorry I can't remember the exact steps) first step I used white, 2nd step blue then white again for the last. It looks like I have only changed the size slightly between the first 2 uses of the brush. The original photo was blurred at the edges.

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Date: 2010-07-21 12:58 pm (UTC)
stripped: (Default)
From: [personal profile] stripped
Ooh, thank you!!!! The love icon was a happy accident of brushes and textures coming together. I made it in Photoshop CS4 on a Mac.

I started off with a crop of a texture (and I forgot to note which one, so I'm not sure :( ).

Then I stamped on a brush from Mutsie's brushes in dark blue, and set it to a blend mode of overlay and gave it a drop shadow.

I have an image of a moon and clouds that I found somewhere online that I've used before, so I grabbed that and set it with a blend mode of overlay. Then I used Cmd-Shift-Alt-E to create a new layer with an amalgam of all the layers and blurred it (I don't remember which blur I did and I forgot to note it) for a new base.

The text is a brush from Mutsie's brushes (did I mention the luck?) which I got positioned correctly and set to a blend mode of difference and gave it a drop shadow to help it pop a little.

Of course, now the whole thing isn't BLUE, so I did a gradient map. The color is the first blue of the simple color choices given with Photoshop, reversed, and set to a blend mode of color.

It looked like it was missing something so I went through some trial and error with my heart brushes to find the right one to stamp on top of it all, over the moon.

And that's it!


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