☆ Crop your base to whatever you think looks nice first off. And then we are going to add a curves layer!
(screencap of curves)
☆ That's really bright right? Well, in the next step, lets add a colour balance layer to darken it a bit and bring out the soft blue tones.
Note: Make sure that Preserve Luminosity is checked.
MIDTONES: 0, 0, 100
☆Alright! So now we are going to add a Channel Mixer. To me, the icon is just too blue. I would like to make the reds, oranges, and yellows pop.
☆ Now for the easy parts. :] To give the icon a soft feel, I added an Exclusion layer.
110202- EXCLUSION- 100% Opacity
☆ To darken it some more. I added a Colour Burn Layer.
FEEFED- COLOUR BURN- 100% Opacity
☆ To finish off the icon, add a Brightness/ Contrast layer. This makes the icon have more depth.
Note: This depends on your base. Sometimes high contrast levels makes the icon much too dark.
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