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First time making a tutorial, so work with me. I tried to make it simple enough for a beginner. If it's not easy enough to follow I'd appreciate constructive criticism. Feel free to ask questions if you do not understand.

To get this coloring effect (PSP 8):

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I started with this image:

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Crop it to a square size. Do NOT resize to 100X100 pixels yet. Now we have this:

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Duplicate the background once. De-saturate this layer (Shift+H). I set the saturation to about -70. Merge (Flatten) the layers (Layers-->Merge-->Merge All (Flatten)) We now have this:

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We will now color her eyes. Create a new raster layer and set the blend mode to Overlay. Use the paint brush tool and color in the eyes by hand. For Alexis' eyes, I used #7DAFF9. This is the reason we haven't resized the picture yet, because we want to color the eyes when the picture is as detailed as possible. We now have this:

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Now, on the Background layer, use the soften brush (in Photoshop I believe it's the smudge brush) to smooth her face. When I use the soften brush for this purpose I usally set the Hardness to about 50. We now have this:

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Resize the image to 100X100 pixels (finally). While the background layer is selected, sharpen the image (Adjust-->Sharpness-->Sharpen). We have this:

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Her face is kind of pixely due to the sharpening, so I went back over her skin with the soften brush one more time. You can certainly skip this step if you so choose.

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Duplicate the background layer. Set the blend mode to overlay. This is what we have now:

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Duplicate the background layer again. Set the blend mode to soft light. We have:

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Finally, I merged (flatten) all of the layers and added a simple black border using a 1 pixel border brush. The final result is this:

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I always save my icons as .png and not .gif; the image quality is much better.
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