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6th-Mar-2009 01:15 am - A Short Note From the Owner Here
As dead as this little comm may be right now due to a severe lack of creativity on the LJ icon and tutorial side of things it's not going anywhere. There's a nasty keylogger virus going around LJ lately that strips away moderator controls from people who own communities and posts links to said virus in a message in the community. It makes it appear that the community is shutting down and moving everything off LJ. This is far from the case for ykktutorial and ykkgraphics. Even though I haven't been active a lot lately I'm not shutting these communities down anytime soon. Anything that appears to have come from me saying I did shut them down is a farce. If you see something like that from my account the best non LJ way to contact me at the moment, since I really don't use my IMs much anymore, is to comment to my DA account under the name chibihalo.
Higher limit
Yes, it's a huge file (826 KB), so look out. Anyway, I wanted to elaborate on one step in a tutorial I discovered here.
This is for PS6 and PS7, however if you are using the CS series, for the CTRL G, be sure to CTRL+ALT G.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. So, without further ado...

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11th-Jun-2007 10:10 pm - Ampharos "Glow" Tutorial
Ampharos: Glow
It's time once again for some fun learning from Halo. Once again, I bring you something I stumbled upon while working on a batch of icons. This time we'll be learning how to turn this into this. This coloring gives us a nice soft yet vibrant coloring that can be used in all of the major graphics programs. The coloring works well on screen caps from animation, graphic novel art pages, or illustrations. You can use all the steps and make a complete icon or you can stop before the brushes and patterns and change things up to suit your tastes. This tutorial was made using Photoshop CS but can be achieved in any program that offers layer types.

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8th-Apr-2007 04:46 pm - Vibrant Color Tutorial
You're ready to create an icon but you're not certain where to begin. You have all the brushes, text, masks, and borders to make any icon out there but coloring has to be done first. In this tutorial we'll be going step by step from preparing an image to turning it into a base and then a simple finished icon. We'll turn this into this. The coloring we'll be using can be used on just about any scan, screen cap, and photograph out there with bright colors and blue sky in the background. This works especially well on those brightly colored animation screen caps. In the end, you'll have a wonderful vibrant coloring that you can use as a part of any icon you want. This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS but can be translated to any program that includes Hard Light layer settings, Brightness/Contrast adjustments, and Hue/Saturation adjustments.

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28th-Jan-2007 05:02 am - Soft and Dreamy Icon Tutorial
Flowers: Bleeding Hearts
Today we're going to learn how to create an icon that has a soft dreamy look to it. This coloring is simple to achieve and requires only five or six layers to make depending upon brushes and borders. The coloring on this icon simulates the "vaseline on the lens" look. This technique is great for stock and live action icons and should work on icons from animated sources. This tutorial was made using Photoshop CS and is translatable to any program that has the Channel Mixer and Auto Levels adjustment options.

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9th-May-2006 11:27 pm - Making Brushes
The following link is a tutorial on how to make brushes in photoshop 7, which should also be compatiable with all other photoshop platforms. Paint shop pro can be applied as well.

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So good luck on your venture! :)
4th-Feb-2006 05:37 am - Pen Tool
Using Pen Tool

I know many of us have had a hard time trying to use pen tool and fail. It took me a computer graphics class in high school to learn it. A fair amount of knowledge grasp in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator is needed to learn this tool. I have realized that I’ve used the pen tool for two years now and I think it’s time to pass on my knowledge to all of you. :)

Pen tool helps you to create pictures with clean, crisp lines, for example, I used Icis’ drawing and with a pen tool, I cleaned up the lines, http://www.mediaminer.org/fanart/view.php/184768 [Mandy] Then, eventually, you will be able to draw with just pen tool to create images. This image was done with only pen tool with no previous sketches made, http://www.mediaminer.org/fanart/view.php/182822 [~Juggy~].

So, ready to learn how to use the pen tool?
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Any questions, you can ask in here and I will answer. :)
Ever wonder how people create innovative signatures to use on forums? There are tons of tutorials out there that attempt to show you how to create these effects using Photoshop. However, most, if not all, of them are for the same style and require you to download and install brushes. Using some of the techniques learned in these tutorials, I have created a way to make forum signatures that require no brushes. By using a few simple techniques already found in Photoshop, we will create a stylish forum signature that you can use on forums and on your user info page right here on Livejournal. In no time, you'll be on your way to making better forum signatures.

Today we'll be learning how to create this forum signature.

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31st-Jan-2006 03:12 pm - Photoshop: Diagonal Line Pattern
Ever wondered how icon, layout, and banner makers get diagonal lines onto their finished images? Some graphics programs give you premade lines to work with. However, in Photoshop the user does not have premade lines to choose from. You, the user, must make these lines yourself. It's a simple little process that will add a nice touch to your icons, banners, and layouts when completed. In this tutorial you will learn how to make the popular 3x3 diagonal lines. These lines will be used in future tutorials so making them now will save you the step of making them during the tutorial. So without further ado let's begin making your first custom pattern for Photoshop the diagonal line.

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