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29 September 2010 @ 05:31 pm
Birthday & Request  
I'd like to wish my lovely friend, elevenoclockish a very Happy Birthday today! I hope you have a wonderful day surrounded by your friends & family. *hugs*

I'd like to welcome sweets31 to my f-list. It's awesome having you here and I hope we get to know each other better. :)

I have a request for anyone with graphic skills who might be able to help me. Could someone please send me a psd on how I would go about blending this picture and texture together?


I am so graphically challenged and really want to learn how to use textures when making icons. Thanks to anyone who can help me out!

Happy Birthday to You
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: too cute (Chicon 09)jessm78 on September 29th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hey Kristin,

Unfortunately I can't do the PSD thing since I don't have Photoshop (the closest I could do is a PSP file, but I don't think that would be compatible with what you have).

I can tell you how to blend these two, though. :)

What you do is open up the image of Jared.

Then open up the second image with the "love of my life" text on it. Take that image, copy it and paste it as a new layer on top of Jared.

Then go to the layer properties, and set that text layer to "Screen". When you do that, it will be hard to see the text, so you might want to create a new layer in between the Jared one and the text one. Take a dark colored brush, like black or brown, and just go over that area where the text is. It will highlight it a bit.

I just tried this with my PSP, so you can see how it's supposed to look:

(I also moved the text to where I thought it would look best)

I'm sorry I can't be of any more help! But I hope you are able to find something! *hugs*

Edited at 2010-09-29 10:03 pm (UTC)
Kristin: Spn (s1 Promo) » Sam ²kristypadalecki on September 30th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your help, Jess! ♥
jessm78: Supernatural: Jared S2 Promo (smile)jessm78 on September 30th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, hon! Hopefully someone knows more about it than I do and can give some better help. :)
Kristin: Jared » CbtDkristypadalecki on October 1st, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
I really appreciate you taking the time to do this! ^^
Watson: Jared Padalecki: Close Up Hotwunderstruck on September 30th, 2010 04:05 am (UTC)
Here is what I did:

When you have something black, if you put it on Screen it will become transparent. So I just put that texture as Screen and it all went away except for the text. Because it was so light, I but another layer and used a black brush to put some contrast behind it. I lowered the opacity so it wasn't too harsh.

The main ways I use and see textures used is by changing the opacity to Screen or Multiply or Soft Light. If its too harsh, lower the opacity to 50 or 25, those are usually good starting numbers. Also don't be afraid to erase bits that are covering the face or something important.

Let me know if you want any more tutorials or have any questions! =)
Kristin: Jared » Dallas Con '08kristypadalecki on September 30th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Lora! I really appreciate you taking the time to make this psd for me. :)
savedean: sam s6savedean on September 30th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
I do use photoshop for my icons, so if you want I can try to help you. I've never tried to teach anyone techniques before though, so I hope I'd do okay, haha. I always try to experiment with new things because you never know which effect will work. So, that's some of the best advice I can give.Anyway, would you like me to try it when I have a chance? You'd just need to give me your e-mail or something so I could send you the PSD file.
Kristin: Spn (5x22) » Sam/Deankristypadalecki on September 30th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'd love it if you could try to send me a PSD file, whenever you have the time. Thank you so much!

email: msoof_kl@yahoo.com
savedean: purple dark side of the moonsavedean on October 1st, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
Sure thing, sweetie! I'll try to get back to you ASAP.

*writes down your e-mail*
Kristin: Spn (5x22) » Sam/Dean Stargazekristypadalecki on October 3rd, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, hon!
savedean: dean - professionalsavedean on October 5th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
Okay hon, I just sent you the PSD. Here's pretty much what I did.


I don't really have a strict set of rules I follow - in other words, I always play with each icon cause everyone is different. So what I did here first was take both pictures, Jared's on the bottom, the text on the top layer. I hid the text layer by clicking the eye next to it - then I sharpened Jared's picture by going to Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. It's not necessary, but it's a preference of mine.

After that, I set the text layer to screen, and moved it around 'til I found a position I liked. It still wasn't very visible, so I increased its brightness a little more (Image > Adjustments > Brightness / Contrast) , then I took a big soft brush on a new layer between Jared and the text -with a dark color - any color would be fine - you can always mess with it later (with Image > Adjustments > Hue/ Saturation or Photo Filter)- and just went around him a little bit. Then I played around with the settings on the layer tab (the drag down button that should say normal) til I hit Hard Light, which I liked the most. I thought it could use a texture , so I went to the top toolbar and selected Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options. I then checked off the pattern overlay box, and looked through my patterns til I found one I liked. I also set that one to screen.

The last thing I did was go back to the Jared layer, and went to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate to make him Black and White.

Hope that wasn't too confusing! Don't be afraid to play with all those little slider bars and options I mentioned! You never know what you might like. If you have any other questions please let me know!! Have fun!
Kristin: Jared » TV Guide Shootkristypadalecki on October 6th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
THANK YOU!! It was really nice of you to take so much time to write all of this out. ♥
savedean: dean smilesavedean on October 6th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Awww! You are just so cute! No problem! Like I said, glad I could help :D
Kristin: J² » On-Setkristypadalecki on October 6th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I appreciate it! ♥

*hugs back*
Kimelevenoclockish on September 30th, 2010 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for the birthday wishes! You're too sweet. :) <3
Kristin: Spring » Pink Flowerskristypadalecki on September 30th, 2010 10:40 pm (UTC)
You're so welcome, hon! *hugs*