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06 December 2009 @ 10:00 am
Alrighty! Here I come, bringing you another tutorial! This time someone requested a tut for the Mukuro/Hibari FST cover.

The program I use is Photoshop CS3. This tutorial contains clipping masks, color balance, and curves! I think any program can do that though. xD

Okee dokke! Now, for my FST covers, I choose the standard size of 480px by 480px. I want the background to be white, so I make sure I check that when I'm making a new canvas.

Now we take this texture by aulxdayz at deviantART and set it to Normal at a 66% opacity.

I then took another texture by aulxdayz, but from a different pack and set it to Darken at 100%.

Next, I make a new color fill layer. You can do this by clicking Layer>>New Filler Layer>>Solider Fill Layer. I chose a dark, dark red (190101), and set it to exclusion at 100%.


Now, I added this texture. I've had it on my computer since forever, so I can't tell you who made it D:. I set this texture to multiply. I also creat a new mask layer. You can do this by clicking the mask layer icon (looks like a rectangle with a circle in it) which is under your layer list in the Layer/Paths/Channels section.

With the new mask layer attached to my new texture layer, I click the gradient tool. After you click it, make sure your colors are black and white. Sometimes the black can be grey, which isn't something we want for this tutorial.

Now with your mask layer highlighted, use the gradient tool to fade the texture at the top. Mine looks like this:

Now we add the MukuHiba fanart. Mine is colored version of this, which was made by Robberna. I colored it in Paint Tool Sai.

We now have this:

Hm, not feeling that thin white line surrounding the picture, so I set the fanart to multiply. Oh no! Now its too dark! Don't worry though, I created a new layer underneath the fanart and colored in the bright parts with white (like the skin, clothes, and flowers).

All fixed!

MukuHiba seem a little flat, and we need them to pop out more! With a bright red color, take a large 'fluffy' brush, and put it behind on a new layer you'll make underneath them. This new layer will also be underneath the white, colored in layer. Set this fluffly layer to screen. I also gave mine a 51% fill.

Now we create a new Curves layer. You can do this by clicking Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Curves. In RGB, mine has three points.

Input: 70

Output: 172
Input: 150

Output: 198
Input: 171

Now, in your layer list, right click the curves layer and click create clipping mask. This makes it so the curves layer only applies to the fanart.

Next we'll create a new color balance layer. You can do this by clicking Layer>>New Adjustment Layer>>Color Balance.

Midtones: +16, -12, +12
Shadows: 0, -19, +13
Highlights: +13, 0, -17

This adds more purples to the clothes and brightens the skin. We also make this a clip mask to the MukuHiba fanart. You can do this again by right clicking the layer and clicking create clipping mask. This makes it to the color balance is only for the fanart.

Now we take this texture by erniemay, found here, and set it to Soft Light at 100%.

That texture at Soft Light gives us this:

Next, I used this texture by aulxdayz and set it to Multiply at 100%.

Then you just add your text! With my text, I also used gradient layers and another screen fluffly red brush layer inbetween the the words 'bad' and 'romance'. That gives us the final outcome:

Current Music: Soular Flare - The Ready Set
Oujo-sama: Lawakumugan on December 6th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
More spiffy stuff to show off to classmates ;P Thanks for another awesome lesson!
   blas·phe·mous™: khr • i want to laughmychemical_lust on December 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)

Aw, thanks bb! I hope it works for your class!

Tara: The city is at warknife_bitch on December 6th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)

Woah, you really have an eye for this stuff.
   blas·phe·mous™: dgm • a heart this youngmychemical_lust on December 6th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)

Aw, thanks bb ♥♥ xD You say such nice things!
Tara: If you got money you get in for freeknife_bitch on December 6th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
I say it because it's true, love~
   blas·phe·mous™mychemical_lust on December 6th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)

Aww~ you make me so happy! xD
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   blas·phe·mous™: gw • you were never ablemychemical_lust on December 7th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)

Aw, yay! Thanks so much bb! :D I'm glad you like it!
Silver Magiccraftsilv_magiccraft on December 7th, 2009 05:54 am (UTC)
You make me want to play around with Photoshop again. Maybe I should see if I can harass my father into giving me his old copy...

I never quite realized how much work goes into your FST covers. They're all really good, and now I appreciate them even more.


PS: Please excuse the colors. This is an experiment to see if I can figure out the coding.

I just realized after fixing half a dozen typos that NaNoWriMo leaves participants with very bad habits.
   blas·phe·mous™: tlu • i thoughtmychemical_lust on December 7th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC)

Daww~ thanks sweetie!

And don't worry! I like the colors! xD

suzaku18 on December 7th, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
*Finds herself dizzy at all the words and such

   blas·phe·mous™mychemical_lust on December 7th, 2009 10:04 pm (UTC)
Aw, I'm sorry! xD

And thank you very much! :D
suzaku18 on December 8th, 2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Haha, don't mind me. I've always been a bit weak and confuzzled when following instructions and all. xD

You're very much welcome!
Isadoramemoiress on December 8th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
You can do even tutorials? >_> Gosh, is there anything you won't do for us? ♥

Very utile, I believe I'm gonna give a try at your texture usage. Because I'm a sucker for yor covers. ;¬;
   blas·phe·mous™: pkm • i'm not interested in moneymychemical_lust on December 21st, 2009 02:13 am (UTC)

Uh, wow. Where have I been?

Thanks so much bb! Yeah, I used to be a sucker for brushes, but textures are so much easier and I love the outcome they give!
Kirameki Tsubasateenochan on December 19th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! Your covers are so SHINYYYYY *glomps*
Would you mind terribly if this poor amateurish creature use your guidelines and make a wallpaper????
   blas·phe·mous™: dgm • a heart this youngmychemical_lust on December 21st, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)

Aw, thank you!!

Uh, no! Haha, sweetie, that's why I made it! xD