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Icons - Stolen Earth (spoilers behind cut) - rabecka
Icons - Stolen Earth (spoilers behind cut)
Here are a couple of Stolen Earth icons that shouldn't be spoilery. At least, I assume everyone knows that Jack is in it.  The rest are behind the cut. 

Thanks to http://cowboyhd.livejournal.com for the inital screen caps. Being that I'm in the US, I'm completely dependent on the wonderful folks who upload videos and screen shots. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 


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cat_latin From: cat_latin Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cropping is an art form. You certainly know what you're doing. I'll be back to swipe some (with credit of course) but I'm at work now.
From: dragonwrangler Date: July 2nd, 2008 12:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, really like these. Swiping a bunch-- will credit. Thanks for sharing!
tintop_lizzy From: tintop_lizzy Date: July 2nd, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Love that the colouring is pale, and that you push the contrast so far. Will take and use for LJ with credit or phone wallpaper, thanks.
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rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 2nd, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I wish I could give you some good references, but I'm afraid I don't really have any. Thing is, I was a programmer working with digital images, cameras and scanners for some 20 years. (Yup, back to when getting 16 shades of gray on a monitor was an amazing breakthrough .) I've just had a long time in the profession to learn how to do this.

In a general sense, you'll want a book that concentrates on photographic images, and getting the best quality out of them. Look for at least one good size chapter on restoring degraded images. A lot of the images, esp from Torchwood, ain't easy to work with. It's getting bad when I find myself wanting to scream at Jack "Get some @#%^& lightbulbs!!".

Um... I'm also forced to point out that it matters which image processing app you have. I use Photoshop, but that's a tad pricey for occasional playing. (And if you're rich enough that price doesn't matter, I take donations .)

Edited at 2008-07-02 08:30 pm (UTC)
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rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 2nd, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, you're off to a great start having Photoshop. As to the book, I generally find the Dummies books pretty useless. Seems like any time they get near something I'm interested in, they say "but this is beyond the scope...".

I'll give you some quick tips on tools. The ones that I use a great deal for the icons, are not always the obvious ones. So...

1. Shadows/Highlights dialog, for bringing up background detail on those dark images.
2. Selective Color dialog. Incredibly useful for bringing in fleshtones. In a huge number of images, the fleshtones are the only elements that fall into the "red" category, and you can use this dialog to lighten and color them without affecting anything else.
3. Always have the Info window up. When dealing with fleshtones, look at the CMYK values. You want Cyan lowest, with Magenta and Yellow significantly higher, and Yellow highest (ex: 20%C 45%M 55%Y is in the ballpark).
4. Learn all about the Paintbrush, and NOT in Normal mode. It can be used to change colors, raise or lower saturation, and a host of other things that are really useful if you need to separate areas that are too similar.

I also use the obvious tools like Levels and Brightness/Contrast. And sharpening is critical (use the Smart Sharpen option). NEVER sharpen, though, until your image is at it's final size, and all other processing is done. Whew... Going back to RL now.
transcendancing From: transcendancing Date: July 10th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are awesome!!!

I've snagged about three of them - mainly the planets, and also the shadow proclamation - will credit :)
rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 10th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I enjoy doing the special effects ones.
used_songs From: used_songs Date: July 2nd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I really like these! I'm going to have to take a bunch, you know. Thank you and I will credit.
dvanulya From: dvanulya Date: July 2nd, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are great! I'm grabbing two.
From: crystalshard Date: July 2nd, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are gorgeous. Not taking any right now, but I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for you.
rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 2nd, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you. I love your work. If you'd like any particular icons to go along with your stories, please feel free to ask.

Edited at 2008-07-02 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: crystalshard Date: July 2nd, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the offer! I'll keep it in mind.
msreba From: msreba Date: July 2nd, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
This are some of the best I have seen of all Doctor Who Icons. I've taken some and I will credit!
galaxy_song From: galaxy_song Date: July 2nd, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ianto and the gun ones are snaggled:)
fajrdrako From: fajrdrako Date: July 5th, 2008 03:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Again, these are wonderful, and I took a bunch. I particularly like the one of the twenty-seven planets in the sky on your second line; and the one of Jack and Rose on the last line. How nice to see them together in the same scene again.

Many thanks!
rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 5th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely loved playing around with the various special effects shots in this episode - it can get a tad boring doing endless "portrait" shots. Great to know that someone is actually going to use one...
fajrdrako From: fajrdrako Date: July 5th, 2008 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'll do anything I can to encourage you - I love your icons!

(And I particularly love your default icon there, I might add...)
knitchick1979 From: knitchick1979 Date: July 5th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome icons! Snagged a bunch and will credit when used! :D
rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 6th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Must say, I love YOUR icon. I'm not particularly artistic - just good at manipulating images. I always get a kick out of icons like these.
knitchick1979 From: knitchick1979 Date: July 6th, 2008 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Well I can't take credit for the Sky Captain one, that's all redscarlach. I'm more of an image manipulator myself, but that can be just as much fun! :D
spoofmaster From: spoofmaster Date: July 6th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Taking the last one--I agree with the other commenters, this is very nice cropping.
persiflage_1 From: persiflage_1 Date: July 8th, 2008 06:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm going to snag the second of the TARDIS+planets ones - I saw it on someone else's LJ so ran over here to find it for myself!
mizzclara From: mizzclara Date: July 10th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw i want them all =]
ive gotta have the ones with ianto and the gun.. very manly..
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rabecka From: rabecka Date: July 12th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Pink shirt and all. LOL
minkyrayne From: minkyrayne Date: July 11th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have of course taken a few of these beauts and will credit if used (not abused)!
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