Retro Red and Green Icon Coloring

Photoshop Tutorials


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How to turn this: to this:

1. We'll start off by opening an image. I used one of the amazing Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe courtesy of here. Crop it to your liking. I think this coloring works best with high-quality bright to semi-bright celebrity photoshoot photos. To avoid confusion, try using the same image that I'm using.

2. Sharpen and Duplicate your base. Now set the first copy ("Layer 1 copy" or "Background copy") to Screen at 30% opacity. If your picture is already bright, you can lower the opacity, if it's too dark, leave it at 100%. This basically brightens up your picture.

3. Go to Layers >> Adjustment Layers >> Hue/Saturation. The Hues/Saturation window will pop up. Follow my settings:

Hue: -2
Lightness: -5

This adds some color to the dullness of this icon.

4.Go to Layers >> Adjustment Layers >> Selective Coloring. The Selective Coloring window will pop up. Follow my settings:

Colors: Red

Colors: Yellow

Added some red and orange to the warm up the picture.

5. Go to Layers >> Adjustment Layers >> Curves. The Curves window will pop up.To make a point, press anywhere in the grid, and put the numbers in the little white boxes that appear in the bottom of the grid. Follow my settings:

Channel: RGB

Channel: Red

Channel: Green

This added some green to it. It will look like this now:

6. Finally, go to Layers >> Adjustment Layers >> Selective Coloring for the second time. The Selective Coloring window will pop up.Follow my settings:

Colors: Red

Colors: Yellow

Colors: White

We've darkened the reds and greens by adding that last Selective Coloring layer.

Your Final Icon:

Other Results using different pictures:

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Tutorial Comments

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thank you!

By Junetran on Sep 2, 2009 10:28 am

this is such an awesome tut!
thanks :)
this is how mine came out of the beautiful Demi Lovato :)
before: io/normal_1838.jpg
ht tp:// ms/bb312/Laurenio/demiiconblue red.jpg

By Lauren-Greenie-Bean on Aug 3, 2009 8:25 pm

can i use that tom felton icon for the boards? haha

By futura on Jul 14, 2009 4:59 am

The results usually depend on the picture you're using. If your picture is dark, then it'll turn pink.

By broken-doll on Jul 9, 2009 8:03 pm

Somethng went wrong for me and it ended up pink :|

By Daisie-May on Jul 9, 2009 7:45 am

Tutorial Details

Author broken-doll View profile
Submitted on Jul 6, 2009
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Reviewer manny-the-dino View profile
Approved on Jul 6, 2009