Some examples of my work in the form of livejournal icons, all created using Photoshop 7. I included the original photo or screencap, to show the difference between them and my final product. After each set, I'll give a very brief synopsis of techniques I used.

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This Wonderfalls cap was given to me in pretty good starting condition (it was for a contest). I used the lasso tool to select Jaye and copied the selection, then pasted it onto its own layer. Then I did a Gaussian blur and a motion blur on the bottom layer. This background layer I copied and blended in vivid light mode. The Jaye layer I copied and blended it in soft light mode, to bring out the contrast in her face. I used the eyedropper tool to choose a reddish-brown color from the background and added the border, blurred it, blended it to linear light, then copied the border layer and blended it to screen. Added the words, and a tannish stripe under them. Then linked the layers and used free-transform to tilt them off horizontal. I blended the stripe to linear dodge. Then I used the lasso tool to select the parts of the stripe that weren't under the words, cut them onto their own layer and decreased the opacity to make them less noticable. Lastly, added the horizontal stripes (in white), blended them in overlay mode and decreased opacity.

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I started with this photograph I took of my friends with my digital camera. I used the sharpen filter, then the blur tool to smooth out the faces. I upped the contrast and brightness a little, and added a selective color layer, adding about 30% more black. I lowered the saturation a lot. Then I duplicated the layer three times, setting each copy to a different blend mode until I got the look I wanted. After that I dropped in a couple of color layers, one purple set to overlay to get the overall color I wanted, and a blue-green one set to exclusion, to pinken it up a tad.Then I added a few brushes, adding a pattern overlay to one to get the misty sort of look in the corners. Lastly, the text, in a darker purple with a light purple glow around it to set it off.

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I took this photo of Drew Goddard with my digital camera. After cropping, I desaturated almost completely, duplicated the layer and set it to screen to brighten it up, and added a couple of orange layers at different blend modes and opacities. Then added the darker orange on the left side. I threw in a selective color layer to increase the contrast a bit. (I probably upped the contrast a bit originally, too. I don't remember, but I usually do.) Dropped in the border and diagonal line brushes, and then the vertical lines along the left. Finished up with the text.

original cap:

I don't really remember what I did with this one. I believe I did a Gaussian blur on the layer, and possibly one of the artistic filters, like a touch of film grain or something. Then duplicated the layer and set the copy to screen. And added a pretty subtle brush along the borders and the bottom. And text. I love the way it came out, though.

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This was the beginning of my orange craze. I duplicated the layer several times, used various blending modes, and I'm fairly sure I used the cutout filter on one of the copied layers. Then used a brush lightly over the whole thing, erased it mostly off of Aeryn's face, and added it even darker over John's, to accentuate the distance between them. Then added the border/middle bar brush set to one of the dodge blending modes.

original cap:

I wanted to go for haunting here, so I duplicated the layer first, desaturated the base layer, and set the copied layer to color burn and 50% opacity. That left the face washed out, but the lips red. Then I put the words in between the two picture layers. But the words on the left were difficult to read, so I cut all but the face out of the top layer, and pasted it on its own layer, then lowered the opacity on that even more. Because of the drastic difference between the dark on the left and the face on the right, I had to make two sets of dotted lines, and blend them so that they showed up all across the picture. And lastly, I added the burder and blurred it a bit to get the burned look.

cap: The Prom; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoiteoriginal cap:

I was experimenting with the lighting effects in this one (and also the two at the end of the first row below). I selected Buffy and Angel using the lasso tool, copied the selection and pasted it, then applied a Gaussian blur to the original layer. Then I played around with the lighting effects until they looked good. (I probably also modified the levels and contrast in the adjustments menu, as well.) There's also a layer with the cutout filter in there. The text I copied twice and applied a motion blur to both copies, leaving the original on top, and adding a layer stroke to it to make it readable.

cap: Chosen; quote: Hamlet by William Shakespeareoriginal cap:

This is one of my older icons, and I honestly don't remember exactly what I did. But it looks better, doesn't it? Probably mostly playing with saturation and contrast. I hadn't really discovered blending modes yet.

And here's a few more that are indicative of my work.

cap: ?; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoitecap: ?; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoitecap: Homecoming; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoitecap: Chosen; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoitecap: Touched; quote: Wish We Never Met by Kathleen Wilhoite


To be fair and honest, I have to credit a few livejournal users: Most of the brushes I've used were made by saava or dtissagirl. And I've learned a lot of techniques by reading tutorials from them, lauranobaka, and _jems_.