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First Header Tutorial

August 20th, 2007 (03:25 pm)

Feelin': bored

We will be making this:


Made in PS7
Uses selective coloring but includes a PSP-Friendly alternative step.
Comments are lovely. Posted results are lovelier.

So I've never made a header tutorial so please bare with me. Warning: this is VERY image heavy and has a lot of layers. If the coloring doesn't come out right, try removing layers or changing opacities.

1. Take your images (anywhere from 1-2394038 and position them no your canvas. It will look best if your images all have a similar background. My canvas is 600x373 pixels and used these pictures, courtesy of Vanessa Online's Picture Gallery.

2. Using your eraser tool and/or lasso tool, erase the unwanted backgrounds and overlaying images so that they are blending nicely. Sharpen if necessary or use the Sharpen and Blur tools for precise strokes.

3. Add a fill layer of E7D7E0 set to Multiply 100%

4. Add a layer of 0D4F16 set to Exclusion 100%

5. Duplicate your base and bring it to the top, setting it to Screen 20%. You can fiddle with it later.

6. Add a layer of DAD8CF set to Color Burn 100%

7. Duplicate the base again and bring it to the top, setting it at Screen 40%

8. Add a Soft Light layer of FCECEC at 100%

9. Add a Soft Light layer of B5D4CB at 40%

10. Color Balance Layer:
M:-20, 0, 15
S: -15, 0, 10
H: 10, 0, 10

11. Selective Coloring Layer:
Reds: -100, 67, 100, -14
Yellows: 51, 50, -88, -41
Neutrals: -14, -16, -14, 17

PSP Alternative 11. Hue/Saturation Layer:
Red: 6, 12, 0
will give you the same effect.

12. Duplicate your base, bring to the top and set to Hue 40%.

13. Duplicate that and set it to Overlay 40%

14. Color Balance Layer:
M: -10, 0, 10
S: -10, 0, 0
H: -10, 0, 10

15. Color Balance Layer:
M: -20, 0. 15
S: 25, 10, 5
H: -10, 5, 20

16. Fill layer of 060F32 set to Exclusion 100%

17. Copy Merge (Ctrl+Shift+C) and paste, setting to Color Burn 100%.

18. Duplicate your base, bring to the top, and set to Overlay 40%.

19. Duplicate that layer (one last time) and set to Soft Light 80%
Now you're done with coloring.

20.  Take THIS texture from Hybrid Genesis and set to Multiply at 20%. 

21. Take THIS texture, also from HG and set to Screen 50%. Erase where the texture covering faces on your blend.

22. Take a Soft brush on a new layer (100-200 px) and color the edges of your header in black (000000), setting to Soft Light.

23. Add brushes and text.

I used a grunge brush set from HG.
For my fonts I used Georgia, Old London, and Old Script, playing with Drop Shadows and Outer Glows.
Lyrics are from "Everyday" from High School Musical 2.

Credit: powertothepeace for the "Lyrics on the Bottom" idea =)



Posted by: Lauren (ohsoofficialx23)
Posted at: August 20th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)

you're my hero.
the end.

Posted by: Oh hello stranger. (powertothepeace)
Posted at: August 20th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Poor SharpayzZ

This is just amazing.
I'll have to try it out soon. (:

Posted by: fond but not in love (thepluggedinn)
Posted at: August 20th, 2007 09:16 pm (UTC)

Beautiful coloring.
And also, the Assfron icon made me lol.

Posted by: murphyboy11 (murphyboy11)
Posted at: August 20th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
Me and Richard by Meowshi

This is a Awsome Tutorial!
LOL at Your Icon :P

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