*Note: This tutorial is intended for photoshop only. If someone out there can translate this into a GIMP tutorial, I’d really appreciate it. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m just absolutely lost beyond lost in GIMP… That and I suck with it…
Feedback on this is also highly appreciated. I’d really love to see your results.
So I’m going to teach you how to make a really simple sig, using this image:
I’m going to break this tutorial up into two parts:
Keine & Mokou. Both of them are going to use two different coloring techniques. You can use images that are different, but I suggest finding images that are similar in coloring for this tutorial to work properly. Keep in mind you are going to have to improvise for colors.
More beneath the cut
First Part: Keine
Go ahead and crop the Keine image. I suggest resizing her to about 450×150. You’re gonna need to trim it a bit. If you don’t like 450×150, somewhere from 400×100 ~ 525×175 should be an ideal sig size. I wouldn’t recommend going over 525×175 as it will do things like break forum layouts or just look awkwardly huge. Some people push for 600 on places, but in a lot of cases, less is more…
Anyways, go ahead and make yourself a new color balance layer. If you don’t know how to get to color balance, it’s in your layers window, the half circle next to the new folder icon (the one in the middle, half black circle)
Tweak your colors to something around this:
MIDTONES: -21, -41, +55
SHADOWS: -40, +43, +22
HIGHLIGHTS: -6, +6, +20
PRESERVE LUMINOSITY ON
Just to make reference, your first number refers to the balance between Cyan & Red, your second number refers to the balance between Magenta & Green, and your last number refers to the balance between Yellow & Blue
Looks a bit cleaner than before yes? But still, let’s tweak it a bit more.
Add a selective color layer. Adjust your colors around this:
-24, +29, -19, 0
Now, there’s a few ways to do this. It’ll make Keine either more green, more red, or more blue focused.
-95, +14, +46, 0
+64, -28, -100, 0
-100, +45, -81, 0
My personal coloring:
+54, +31, -46, -35
Another reference, but the 4 numbers stand for CMYK respectively. Before anyone asks… K = Black.
Now, one last adjustment layer, lets goe with Hue/Saturation. Be careful on toying with this at times. Putting your saturation too high will really make your image begin to look artifacted if you do not use it with the lightness.
Settings should be somewhere around:
HUE: 0 (I do not reccomend playing with this in graphics. If you do, only change it at the most, to either +/- 5.)
Now we’re gonna use a quick texture. I used: http://kaneko-yue.deviantart.com/art/Light-texture-105651964
Open the texture separately, select all, copy and paste into the sig. Set the layer to screen and adjust as you feel fit.
Now, for some quick text. I used her name, you use whatever you like…
And then we have Keine:
And now for Mokou:
I’m going to be using the same size for Mokou as I did with Keine.
As you can see, Mokou is already pretty bright. We’re going to be toning her down. Duplicate her layer and set the top layer to either Soft Light or Overlay. I will be using Soft Light. Now go to filter and select Gaussian Blur. Blur her to somewhere between 5 – 6
Now, put a brightness/contrast layer ontop of that. Settings should be:
Then pull out selective color. Use these settings:
+48, +84, -39, +12
-31, +22, -67, +22
Select the bottom layer again. Go to filter, then smart sharpen. Settings should be:
Then add some quick text, a 2px border, and save.
And there we have Mokou:
Well, that wraps that up… Also lol another post at 4 am…