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smilla, remember we were always complaining that there are beautiful examples of manga color art that we were simply unable to use for icons because the artist's line was too fine? As in particular, Akino Matsuri's work in Pet Shop of Horrors?

Behold the icon.

And I owe it all to this tutorial.

Note that I changed things around a little late in the process ... after Step 7, I used Brightness and Contrast to make the lines of the "pencil sketch" layer much darker, and then made the blending mode on the layer Multiply. (And then I did a couple of different things to the background, but that is not anything new.)

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smillaraaq
Jun. 19th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Nice! But that doesn't help if you aren't actually running Photoshop. :/

(I think I have an old version of it kicking around here on CDs somewhere, but it always seemed like such a massively overpowered hammer as to be overkill to turn to that for nothing but very small nails...)
chomiji
Jun. 19th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)

Imouto-chan, I will certainly not suggest that you spend money on software. But if you are at all interested in newer graphics software, it looks like Photoshop Elements, the much cheaper home-use version, also has the tools you would need to do this. (You can find numerous discussions online of Elements vs. Photoshop, such as this one).

Also, you can send me art files and I can pump up the outlines for you, and then do your own cropping, lettering, etc., now that I know how to do it.

smillaraaq
Jun. 20th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
See, I do so very little with graphics that even Elements looks massively overpriced for the use I'd get from it! I'd be surprised if it weren't possible to do something similar with the programs I already own or have access to, but that honestly sounds waaaaaaay more complicated than I'm really interested in fussing with just for the sake of producing a silly little LJ icon; a big part of why I've never bothered installing the old version of PS I have kicking around somewhere is that I'm not even making full use of all the more complex features of the graphics software I'm already using. :)
chomiji
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)

But I get so much pleasure out of noodling around with Photoshop! It might be light making things to the dollies is for you, or something like that. It's worth everything we spent on it (it was my Xmas gift last year from the Mr.). I like knowing that I can do so many different types of things with it, and I love hunting up textures and special brushes and stuff.

smillaraaq
Jun. 21st, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Well, then, it's worth it for you! I do get some mild enjoyment out of making icons and such, but not to the point where I want to spend any serious amount of money or time on them -- and complicated stuff with layers and brushes is definitely at the this-stopped-being-fun-five-minutes-ago point for me, even if the software's free. :)
chomiji
Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:57 pm (UTC)

I need to make Badou icons. I have some art saved for them.

smillaraaq
Jun. 23rd, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
Ooooh, are you caught up with DOGS? What do you think?
lady_ganesh
Jun. 19th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)
What do you use? I find PhotoGimp is quite robust for a freeware program with an iffy name.
smillaraaq
Jun. 20th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC)
I've been using an oooooold version of PhotoImpact that came bundled with the first scanner I bought several years ago -- I tried using GIMP ages ago since it was what all the hardcore open-source folks I knew swore by, but found it way too complex and non-intuitive (and poorly documented) at the time. Although these days, now that there are so many decent cloud apps available, if I just need to do simple cropping/resizing edits I'm just as app to hit pixlr.com instead.
lady_ganesh
Jun. 22nd, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Have you used PhotoShop? The version I have is not super-intuitive, but my memories of PhotoShop seem to keep me afloat.
smillaraaq
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:25 am (UTC)
Nope, although I have occasionally watched other people using it for very minor photo editing, which...did not really make the program look any more appealing, to be frank. Admittedly, the friend in question may not have really known what she was doing, but it really seemed kind of slow and bloated, and I tend to prefer applications that are a bit more pared down. (iTunes and M$ Word, f'rex, both make me wanna kill things...)
lady_ganesh
Jun. 22nd, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, if you're not used to PhotoShop I wouldn't advise it, as it's so similar. (I started using PS before they had the 'layer' option, so after that anything seemed easy to use, lol).
lady_ganesh
Jun. 19th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
That icon is fantastic!
chomiji
Jun. 19th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)

Awww, thanks!

Does Gimp have layers and filters and things like that?

lady_ganesh
Jun. 19th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Yes! I don't have it on this machine but I got it for work (because no $ for photoshop and a great desire to be legal) and it works pretty well. You can do custom brushes.
chomiji
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:14 pm (UTC)

OK, I see here that it does have a number of the same blending modes for layers. Many of them are even called the same thing, presumably because they were the names of actual classical film effects.

It would be interesting to see whether it would be possible to create the same effect in Gimp.

lady_ganesh
Jun. 19th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
I've definitely done shiny, pretty things in it.
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