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timetobegin ([personal profile] timetobegin) wrote2014-06-30 08:06 pm


I i'm not so great with light textures, but we'll give this a go!

I downloaded the set you gave me, but some of my favourite texture packs are these:
one | two | three | four

I like textures with mostly black backgrounds a lot of the time because screen layers are my favourite and when black goes on screen it disappears. So it means i can just see the other colours and stuff :) Light colours really work best on darker icons, so you need to consider the background of your icon & what colours would suit it.

I downloaded the texture pack you suggested & I have to admit i never use text textures.

this one in particular is quite good because you can set the layer to screen, and the black will go transparent. i LOVE black and white textures set to screen because you can see the different greys make for interesting work.

However the draw back to this particular texture is that you'd have to find a cap that fit it just right because it takes up most of the icon. In the first picture above, i've put the texture straight on, set to "screen". In the second icon, i left that first layer on screen, but erased out the text using a really soft brush so you can't really tell (hard lines show up when you use hard brushes a lot of the time.) i then re-sized the texture and added it as another layer on screen and erased around the text this time. This is probably more likely something i would actually do when using a texture. but that's mostly a personal preference because i don't like text much, or big text.
You can also use a lot of the light textures in this pack on screen. If its not a black background, but a dark coloured background it will give the icon colour as well as texture. eg
01. 02. 03.
01. I used one of the textures in the pack on screen, and i moved it down a bit so you can see the difference between the texture and how it looks without the texture - you can see that the bottom is quite blue & the top still has the natural browns of the cap i used.
2. the space texture was really quite cool. i added it on both sides of the icon and set it to screen. Its handy because 50% of the edges are soft so you can move it around to cover the areas you'd like to cover most.
3. again, this one has red-tones so it gives the icon more red when using it.
I have pretty much put these textures on so you can see how they work, i haven't put any thought into what makes a good icon, so when you are using them you'll need to think about why you're using this texture and if it does add something to it!


Overlay, Softlight & Hard Light do similar things to different degrees - this is kinda the reverse of screen & lighten in that i think it works best when the light colours are the background and the dark colours are the part you want to see. for example, i set the texture to overlay, soft light & hard light and got the following three results:
overlay: softlight : hard light:
overlay messes with the colours too much for my liking, and hard light is a bit harsh sometimes but i like soft light a LOT. its my second favourite after screen. :)

Some other textures and how i'd use them.
1. Is using textures as a background. this is how i like to use textures a LOT too. i just put the texture behind the cap & then erase everything but my subject. quite often i'll paint around the edges as well (i know i'm not going into much detail on this, but i can if you like.
2. My fave screen! i like this texture because i think this texture is the one i'd be most likely to use with this cap (with colouring and editing) because it reminds me of a storm. I'd most likely set it to screen but sort of edit away some of the edges and stuff.
3. This is set to color dodge! just because i didn't really use any of the other layer settings and i DO its just...usually by accident?

Honestly there aren't many tutorials on texture use because it really seems to be a case by case basis - you can't use most textures on multiple icons in the exact same way. this is a good guide

The best thing you can do with textures is to experimentttttt. i really don't use them often, i tend to make simple icons with crop + colour but only because i'm lazy. there are so many beautiful icons that use textures out there! Textures work great hand in hand with grungey colouring, blocking & backgrounds.
The most important thing to remember is that icons should help the icon, not be put on just because! if you don't think a texture adds something to an icon, don't use it.

ICONS I MADE with Textures

ICONS I REALLY LIKE with textures

by : petite_tomate, naive_astronaut, blue_emotion, absolutelybatty & naushika

I'm going to charge 5 points for this, because its long but mostly useless. if you want me to expand further i can, but it'd be best with textures if you could give me an example of what you'd like to achieve, or an icon & i'll show you the steps. unlike colouring, cropping & text it doesn't translate well!
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[personal profile] queer_theory 2014-09-07 06:04 am (UTC)(link)
When you make icons with textures... like in the examples you provided above... are you likely to use multiple textures or just one? I find that I use one or two in nearly every icon I make, but I don't know how obvious that is when I'm looking at the results.
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[personal profile] littlemissnovella 2017-05-14 04:04 am (UTC)(link)
I know this is an old tutorial, but it's very helpful. Thank you for writing it!