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Blurring & Animating IconsStart with a screencap from Red Eye; where the gorgeous Rachel Mcadams and Cillian Murphy star in.
1-//Despeckle, smooth out skin.
Resize the image to width= 490/ height= 330, just so i can fit their huge heads in the icon. =)
2-//With the rectangular maraquee tool, i set the style to be fixed 100x100(px). I then select rachel's head, copy it, and on a new 100x100 document, paste it. I do the same thing with Cillian's head, but on the same document that i pasted rachel's head on.
3-// onto the motion bluring. I'll start with rachel (Rachel). duplicate the picture of her twice (Rachel copy 1, rachel copy 2). Click filter->blur->motion blur, but make sure the first duplicated base is selected (in this case, rachel copy 1). Make the angle 0 (or anything you'd like, really), and make the distance 10px.
4-// Select the second duplicated base (rachel copy 2), and go to filter->blur->motion blur. Keep the angle as you used before, but this time change the distance to 20px.
5-// Follow steps 1&2 for cillian's head (and/or for any other layers that you will use in the icon).
6-// Before We switch to imageready, let's add things. I want to add some text, so I'm going to write "Uh-Oh" (fishsoup, 28px, #CABEBD) on a blackish/redish (#755B56) background. I added a texture by scarsonchest under the text, over the background, and set it to multiply.
No steps now. It's hard explaining how to animate, so just.. stick with me. =)
Almost done! =)
And there you have it! Your final result.
This tutorial seems long and complicated, but only because i add in the most unnecessary details.