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LaDainian Tomlinson Sig Tutorial

Postby chargersfan36 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 1:39 am

You can't really make the sig by following the tutorial step for step. For instance, I don't always tell you to add a new layer. If we are doing something different than before, it's a good idea to add a new layer.

I'm gonna teach you how to make this sig:

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1. First I found a stock picture (used this one). This is the bottom layer of your sig. Choose Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic. I think mine was around 90.

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2. Now we are going to begin adding a background picture of LT. First, add a layer of color to the area where the background picture will go. I put my picture where I wanted it (pic. I'll teach you how to do the effect in a second). Then ctrl + click the icon next to the text on the picture's layer to select it (pic). Choose Select > Feather > 5-10 pixels. On a layer below your background picture, use the fill tool (G) to fill in the selection with a color that goes with the sig. This is what I have so far:

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3. Next, bring in your background picture (pic). Desaturate it with ctrl + shift + u and lower it's fill to around 15%. Do ctrl + L with the layer selected to adjust the levels. Here are the settings similar to what I used: (pic). This is what I have so far:

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4. Next I added two shapes that I made with the pen tool. Select the pen tool (P) and make sure you have these settings at the top (pic). You can make a new layer for your shape or when you start making a shape, a new layer will be made for you. When you finish making one shape, right click the layer and choose: Rasterize Layer. Then make your second shape (on a new layer) and rasterize that one. After I made my shapes (pic), I lowered the fills to 22% and added a layer mask to each layer. To add a layer mask, select the layer and click the icon at the bottom of the layers pallette that is a rectangle with a circle inside of it. Then take out your brush tool. Choose a soft black brush around 80% opacity. With your layer mask selected (only do one at a time), brush in the areas where you want the shape to be more faded. Here is what I have after doing this to both shapes:

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5. Next add some stocks to give your background depth. I added two stocks for my background. The first one (pic), I set on linear dodge dodge, and masked away (added a layer mask and brushed in black) most of the middle areas (pic). The next stock I used on two layers (the stock). The first layer of the stock I put on color dodge at 52% fill. I also masked most of the edges away (pic). I duplicated that layer and used a different area of the pic for another section of the background. This layer is also on color dodge and 52% fill with sections masked (pic).

6. (Optional) I added a white diagonal line pattern at 7% fill. I'm not going to explain how to do this since it's not very important and there are plenty of tutorials on how to do it.

7. Next, I added a photo filter to get my color with these settings (pic). To do this, click the half white half black circle at the bottom of the layers pallette and choose: Photo Filter.

8. Now we finally add our pic. Resize it (ctrl + t), position it, etc. Here's what I have:

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Time to make it look cool. I changed the blending mode on my pic to Luminosity (blending mode is near the top of the layers pallette). Then do ctrl + L with the pic layer selected to adjust the pics levels. Here are the settings similar to what I used: (pic). This is what I have now:

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9. Next (on a new layer) darken the sides a little by using a black brush around 150px and 80ish% opacity (pic).

Then with a white brush with about the same settings (new layer) I brushed around his chest (pic).

10. Now to brighten up some areas, add a C4D (pic). Desaturate it with ctrl + shift + u, invert it with ctrl + i, blur it with Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur > 4-8 px. Then set it on color dodge and mask away some areas. Here is what I have now:

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11. Next I added some slightly visible lines. To do this, make a new layer on top, choose Image > Apply Image. Then choose Filter > Pixelate > Mosaic. I used something around 100. Put it on soft light and lower the fill. If the lines are too strong, you can mask them down with a soft black brush around 50% opacity. This is what I have now:

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12. For my text, I duplicated the mosaic layer that I just made and moved it under the area where I was going to add my text (pic).

13. After that, add your text. Mine was just a simple "102" for the number of touchdown's LT has scored in his career but you can use a name or whatever you want. I used white Times New Roman with a layer mask. Then I used a black to transparent gradient on the layer mask to make the text fade down (pic).

14. Then add the border. New layer, ctrl + a to select all, choose Edit > Stroke > 3 px white inside. New layer, Edit > Stroke > 1 px black inside. Ctrl + d to deselect and you're done!

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Post your results if you want to. I kind of slacked off near the end with my detail so it may be harder if you are a total noob.
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Postby madaslives911 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:26 am

nice sig, nice tutorial... thanks for sharing chargersfan. :-)
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Postby smoovethug » Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:52 pm

Thanks for the nice tut, I like the result and will try it next time I sit down and put something together. Quick question though and I've always wondered this...where does everyone get those C4D's from? I've never used any.
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Postby Idahofan1 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 2:44 pm

I think you need another program to make them, though there are a lot online that you could take.
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Postby chargersfan36 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 3:20 pm

smoovethug wrote:Thanks for the nice tut, I like the result and will try it next time I sit down and put something together. Quick question though and I've always wondered this...where does everyone get those C4D's from? I've never used any.


I think I got mine in a pack from someone on another forum. Here are mine: link.

Also, this was just posted at a forum.
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Postby Child_of_God_08 » Sun Nov 26, 2006 5:13 pm

I see a sticky coming on this soon. ;-D
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Postby Alkaholik » Mon Nov 27, 2006 7:33 pm

awesome, i'll give it a try.
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Postby smoovethug » Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:22 am

I said I'd try it so here's my result, I like it.

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Postby sportsguy138 » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:33 pm

Very well done, I'm going to follow this soon and see what I can come up with.

chargersfan36 wrote:
smoovethug wrote:Thanks for the nice tut, I like the result and will try it next time I sit down and put something together. Quick question though and I've always wondered this...where does everyone get those C4D's from? I've never used any.


I think I got mine in a pack from someone on another forum. Here are mine: link.

Also, this was just posted at a forum.


I was actually wondering this as well, but now that I click on those links, it says that they need to be uploaded again. If you could do that, that would be great. ;-D
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Postby chargersfan36 » Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:52 pm

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