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03 August 2007 @ 04:25 pm
Sphere Tutorial + Textures  
This tutorial's just so you can get a similar effect, I'm not going into great lengths with the coloring bit.

Going from to

Start by resizing [this] image from Odin Sphere. This icon was largely inspired by the game title.

Ignore the image first. Let's start off with this off-black color layer [#041123] as your base. Next, use this texture by me and remember it is positioned slightly to the right.

Duplicate the texture THREE times on screen. On the 3rd screen layer, set the opacity to to 35%. You should get something like this

Next use this <--- [It's just the original texture with bits I erased], set that on Soft Light. Duplicate and then set on soft light as well. That means, both layers should be on soft light.
Your results -->
(just trying to balance out the surface)

Where does the image come in? Not yet.. be patient. Next, mess around with these 2 light textures by la_bellivie. For my icon, I set them on screen duplicated/rotated/erased bit here and there...

Next use this scratch textures and set it on screen but erase any bits covering the insides of the sphere.
After all that messing around, you get something quite like this -->

Hooray! We can finally use the image! Paste the image and set it on soft light. Duplicate and set on soft light again. So you have TWO soft light layers of the image.

Duplicate the image one more time, but this time, set it on screen @ 90%

Using the erase tool, erase anything outside of the sphere. You don't have to do a very clean job, in fact, being able to see bits and pieces of the original picture has a nice effect.

SHIFT-CTRL-ALT-E to copy current icon. Set that on SCREEN @ 70%

SHIFT-CTRL-ALT-E again to copy current icon. Then using your round select tool, select the sphere and copy it. Then paste that layer on top, set on SCREEN to get something like this -->

You don't have to be very accurate with the round sphere. In fact, being messy has a nice effect.

[In the original,notice how the body and hands seems to join more, that's because I made another icon with the character slightly moved down before using the round select tool on it]


Erasing time again. Erase any bits covering his face. After you're done, duplicate that layer and set it on screen again so that it's bright and shiny!

We're basically done here since images differ and I'll leave you to your own coloring methods. For this image, I used an exclusion layer [#001b76] and duplicate the bottom layers and set them on soft light twice.

Then I just messed around with the brightness, increased the blue colors and saturation for some bits of the icon. Added tiny text, sharpen etc.

For this method, I'll just like to say that you might have to do heavy adjustments depending on the image you use. So don't follow it exactly, mess around =)

Very basic stuffs. Nothing fancy. =D
Download [HERE]

You can view all tutorials/ available brushes & textures at the master's list [HERE]
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x Enjoy!
Christinaso_vayne on August 4th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Gah, those textures are awesome! And the coloring of that icons is great too. :]
lynnchicaintcheap on August 4th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
The results are GORGEOUS. I'm adding this to my memories!! :)
uriegasmsuriegasms on August 4th, 2007 01:25 am (UTC)
wow, really awesome textures there!
brooklyn, come again 크맀이abiding on August 4th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
I love this! Mem'd!
Irda Majere: Duncan: Bai Pillz! // viadisasterirda on August 4th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
I love the result from that tutorial. Will it look as nice with a photograph? Snagging the textures either way. :D
forceiswithyouforceiswithyou on August 4th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Lovely icon and really helpful tutorial! I've been wondering how to make these forever, so I'm grateful I've finally learned. Also have downloaded the lovely textures. This is my first result:

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Am memming. Thanks again, mate!
i woke up in the spaces of your heart;greggyhouzer on August 4th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
WOW. that is so pretty. memming ;D
victoriakandi_heartz on August 4th, 2007 07:50 am (UTC)
whoa cool icon and tutorial! snagging the textures as well thanks!!
P.: MACFactorpobedaz on August 4th, 2007 07:53 am (UTC)
Woooooooowouch! *bewitched*
Kaiyakaiya07 on August 4th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
these are lovely.Snagging and crediting.
robust fantasy ★: RG Veda~ The Ultraviolet Moonblackrose_023 on August 4th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)
<33 it's filled with love and win, so I'm trying it out.
And downloading the textures because they are also made of win.

God bless you, you fortunate soul.
saraw: Ryu // glanceallopatric on August 4th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
sooo cute *____________*
The Queen of Lame and Typo Errors.: fujiwara/maeda || fatigueaestalitz on August 4th, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
The textures look pretty, so I'm snagging! Will credit. :D
ur friendly neighborhood eggroll vendorelwhyenen on August 4th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
Wow the results are so lovely, I'm totally going to go ahead and give it a spin :DD

Thank you!
ladysoubi on August 4th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Hm, It didn't work right for me, but idk I'm newby XD
Masked Boar Rider of the 78th District: Keira-lacettiot on August 4th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) Memming this for later.
little_blue_me: Gacktlittle_blue_me on August 4th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
So wonderful! Putting into memories for a later dowloading and trying. ^^ Thank you!
Jess: Emma-Watery effectblondebeauty07 on August 4th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I like the textures and the tut.Memming and snagging.
Kyokukyoku_icons on August 4th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC)
very nice tutorial; and these *beautiful* textures to boot? I think I'm in love <3

mem'd and downloading the textures. will credit xD
(Anonymous) on August 4th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Downloading, thanks!
misteline on August 5th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Your examples made me want these. They're beautiful! Definitely taking! :D
~Eris~: maya and mitsuomimoon_stone787 on August 5th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
Baeutiful, adding to mems and snaging the textures ^^
Sophiesixtiespink on August 6th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
Snagging the set & will credit with use!
if it's easy, you're doing it wrong ☆: Lloyd || warmthconsequences on August 7th, 2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
That is effing awesome. Taking and favoriting, thanks~
_izu_ on August 8th, 2007 08:56 am (UTC)
AMAZING! Taking, thank you!
Oishii Onigirioishiionigiri on August 8th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Taking thanks~
murder ears with pillow lace.rushita_may on August 10th, 2007 11:09 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!
~lies are true if we believe them~blacksoul12012 on August 22nd, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
thank you very much for your tutorial!!! that's really cool!!
and for the textures!! will credit!!
kageillusionz: Hyoutei - Katsu da!!kageillusionz on October 8th, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)
Ouuu snagging the sphere textures and lovely tut ^^ Have credited~ <3
Laisse la rêverstarshines on January 12th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
Love these! Friending!
ただクラ♡ringopuriin on March 11th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
thanks for the sphere textures! they look very cool! :D
Lilywhitelilies22 on January 13th, 2010 01:26 am (UTC)
What an original tutorial =D I'll def credit you if I use this~ Plus I'll be taking the textures~
Pipbeetle_breath on November 22nd, 2011 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for explaining how to use them right :)