A tutorial demonstrating the steps from to Tutorial #1 to ☆ Crop your base to whatever you think looks nice first off. And then we are going to add a curves layer! RGB INPUT: 108 OUTPUT: 135 (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. RED RED: 169% GREEN: -69% GREEN GREEN: 100% BLUE RED: -60% GREEN: 60% BLUE: 89% ☆ 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. BRIGHTNESS: 0 CONTRAST: 19 Note: This depends on your base. Sometimes high contrast levels makes the icon much too dark. Other Examples PSD PLEASE comment if you download!