*Feat. John Sheppard of Stargate Atlantis
*For Photoshop CS2/CS3
*NOTE: this layer will have TWO points on the curves line, so make sure that you put them both in. If you don't, this effect won't work properly.
01. Input: 58
02. Input: 118
02] New Adjustment Layer > SELECTIVE COLOR
*NOTE: Make sure that your selective color is set to "ABSOLUTE."
Neutrals: +24, -8, +12, +9
03] New Layer > Set layer mode to "Pin Light."
04] Select a frame-style brush, or even just a square/rectangle one, and on your blank layer, stamp it once or twice around the focal point of your image, depending on the opacity of your brush. If you're still not satisfied with the way your brush looks over your icon/image, you can add another layer with a second brush or a textured brush tip to finish accentuating the picture. Pull the OPACITY of these layers back to about 50-65%, depending on the opacity of your brush.
*NOTE: Make sure that this layer is BELOW the Selective color layer so that it catches the hues from that layer, just like the main image.
05] Select your eraser tool and pull the FLOW back to about 7-10%. Take the eraser and gently pull it over the focal point of your image. In this case, it would be Sheppard's face. Erase just enough of your brushes or textures to make the focal point of the image visible again.
05] New Layer > Set layer mode to "Pin Light."
06] You can do this step one of two ways: I chose to use a small fonts brush by hexicons from her "Panic at the Disco Lyrics" set that can be downloaded at her livejournal, or you can just create the tiny boxes with the marquee tool.
06 a] If you choose to do this step with the marquee tool, Hold down SHIFT while you drag the tool on the page, making SURE that you're doing this on a blank layer. Once you have the square the size you would like it to be, Select the FILL tool (the paint bucket) and fill it with whichever color you wish.
06 b] When you have one box finished, DUPLICATE the layer that your original box is on. Hold down SHIFT to keep it in line with the original, and then move the box over with your arrow keys to create the space that you want between the boxes. After this point, if you wish, you may link all of your little boxes together on the layers palette and/or merge them into one layer.
(The colors in the brush that I used actually fade from white to transparent. If you choose to do this step manually, you can choose the different degrees of transparency as the boxes progress across the icon, or the number of boxes you actually need.)
*NOTE: Make sure that this layer is BELOW the Selective Color layer as well. It also needs to catch the hues from that layer.
07] Duplicate your background layer.
08] Resize the duplicated layer, and position it into the top corner of the icon. Pull the OPACITY of this layer to about 43%.
*NOTE: As a touch-up step, should you need it to block out part of the background image coming through your duplicated layer, you can use the BURN TOOL to hide whatever portion of the background image that you need. Simply pull the EXPOSURE back to about 50%, select the MIDTONES range, and set the size of the tool at about 15-20 pt. Carefully drag the burn tool on the BACKGROUND layer over the spot that needs to be covered up, and you're done!
**NOTE: A couple of GREAT places to find frame-style brushes/textures is at hybrid-genesis.net or at hexicons livejournal...two of my PERSONAL favorites!