1. Start with your base
I tend to start with my base image, in this case a screencap, and sharpen it a little.
2. Duplicate base > Set to Screen
This setting is adjustable, depending on whether your cap is bright or not.
3. Make a new Curves Adjustment layer
On the RGB channel, make the following points on the axis:
1st point - O = 82 I = 57
2nd point - O = 178 I = 160
3rd point - O = 224 I = 201
4. Make a new Colour Balance Adjustment layer
With 'midtones' checked, type each of the following into the 3 value boxes: -10 +9 +6
5. Make a new Selective Colour Adjustment layer
Input the following in the Red category:
Input the following in the Yellow category:
Input the following in the Neutrals category:
6. Make a new Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer
Set the Saturation to +18
7. Make another new Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer
Set the Saturation to +35
And you're done!
Playing with the settings is best; different types of images require different types of settings. I usually make these into Photoshop actions - 1 click and your icons are done. Also, adjust the Screen in layer 1 to whatever lightness you need, add brushes and text etc and you should hopefully have icons that look a bit like these:
Other Notes //
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