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Welcome to good_tutorial

This community is for posting good, informative, in-depth graphic tutorials, nothing else. This community is here to teach people how to use graphic programs and their tools, and it's here to provide tutorials that both beginners and more experienced graphic makers can follow and learn from.

Are you tired of looking for graphic/icon tutorials and the only thing you end up finding are long lists of numbers that only tell you which numbers to plot in, or only links to pre-made .PSD files that you don't even know how to use, and not one word in any of these tutorials that explains anything about WHY you have to use those particular numbers to achieve that specific effect/coloring etc. or WHY that particular color fill layer set to color burn creates that particular effect on that specific image?

You have to learn 1 before you can learn 2, 3, 4, 6.... This means you need to know how to copy and paste before you can learn how to apply a texture and how to change the blending mode.

Do you want to learn from or share tutorials that explains in detail how to use adjustments layers, color layers, filters, etc, how to make your own textures and other resources and how you can use these tools/resources to edit any image and create your own coloring/effect/whatever, yourself, without having to follow a tutorial written by others every single time?

If this is you, welcome to good_tutorial.

Here you can share/post and read tutorials that explain WHAT(which tools), HOW(to use them) and WHY.

This community is only for posting finished tutorials. If you have a "how can I get this coloring?" question join coloring_help, if you have a "how can I make this_____?" question go to icon_tutorial.


If you want to post your tutorial here, you have to apply for membership. READ BELOW for more info on that.

If you just want read and learn from the tutorials posted here, watch the community HERE. (This will add the community to your friends-list.)


For easier browsing check out the tags page where all the tutorials posted in the community are neatly featured by category.

Rules for applying for posting access/membership:
- DO NOT click to join this community. This is a closed community, in which you have to apply if you want to become a member/post your tutorials here. Only tutorial makers/writers can apply for membership, others who only want to SEE the tutorials posted here are not allowed to post entires here,they can watch/friend the community.
- After you've read all the rules, read and fill out the posting template in the application post HERE to apply for posting access.
- Your tutorials have to be informative and explain WHAT you do, HOW you do it and WHY you do it. Tutorials that are only lists of numbers, tutorials that include a link to a .psd file, or tutorials that are only .PSD files will not be accepted.
- Make the subject of your post "little green bag" so I know you have read all the rules.
- If you do not follow these rules when you apply, you have to wait 1 week before you can apply again.

If you already received a "personal invite" from me, you don't have to apply.

Rules for posting tutorials:
- The tutorial has to be posted HERE IN THE COMMUNITY. Posting a preview and a link to the tutorial in your own journal/community or anywhere else IS NOT ALLOWED.
- You are NOT allowed to write "please post all comments over here" and link to the tutorial in your own journal or anywhere else.
- Comments have to be enabled so people can post questions etc. in the post HERE in the community.
- .PSD/PSP/action files are NOT allowed, for obvious reasons. Your tutorial is supposed to be informative enough so people will learn and understand how to achieve the effect/coloring etc. by reading it. If you provide a .PSD/PSP/action file with the tutorial, I will delete your post immediately and you will get a warning. 2 or more warnings and you will be banned from this community.

By saying:

Step 1."New layer "#this color" to softlight 60%" you are not really helping/teaching. You're only telling people WHAT to do, not HOW and WHY you do it, or WHAT it will produce.
If you are are going to teach people something, you need to be a bit more specific and actually know what you're doing yourself and why.

This is an example of how you have to write:

"Create a new layer [like this ____] and fill it with "this" color and change the blending mode to softlight like this ____. I chose this particular color BECAUSE it will make this color and this color "here" and "here" in the graphic/icon change and make them stand out more. I chose to use Softlight as the blending mode BECAUSE it "works like this", and will cause this effect. etc.

And no, saying "I chose this color/settings because it made the icon look nice/cool/interesting" is not informative and does not teach anyone anything.

When you post a tutorial you have to include a "before image" and "after image", no more than 4(four) 100x100 icons before the cut though. Or 1(one) image of the final result if it's an animated icon, wallpaper, how to make a resource or a guide etc. If any of the images are bigger than 400px x 400px please post them as thumbnails (photobucket.com), or only the URLs.

Your post also have to include this template:

Screencaps of your settings/tools/layer palette are also welcome, as it makes it easier for people to follow and understand visual explanations in addition to reading them.

The rest of the tutorial has to be behind a livejournal cut:


After reviving the comments from people in the POLL I set up, I've decided that the tutorials posted here needs more detailed explanations regarding where in the programs the different tools/layers are located and how to do certain things etc.

You need to explain with text and/or images/screencaps WHERE the selective coloring adjustment layer is, color balance, channel mixer etc, and NOT just "open up your selective coloring layer" or "find the color balance layer".

You can write the keyboard shortcuts:
Ctrl+M (curves)
Ctrl+B (color balance)
Or you can write the directions:
Layer - New Adjustment layer - curves
Layer - New Adjustment layer - color balance

Where to find tools/layers etc. may be self-explanatory to you as a tutorial writer and to other experienced icon makers, but a tutorial should be for EVERYONE, not just for people who know where everything is and how it works. Everyone should be able to follow all tutorials, newbies AND "experts".
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Use the default font, and please don't change the font size to like 4 or 5, or change the font color to pink, orange, blue etc. Leave it as it is, because people have different layouts on their journals, and they will view the tutorial in that style, so editing the text too much is going to mess up how people view it, and make it difficult for people to follow the tutorial.

If you break any of these rules, I will delete your post.

Rules for commenting to posts:
- Be nice to the tutorial maker, if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.
-Do NOT ask for a .PSD file. These comments will be deleted immediately and you will get a warning. If you get 2 or more warnings you will be banned from this community.
- If you have any problems following the tutorial feel free to leave a comment and ask the maker for advice/help in the post.

If you break any of these rules, I will delete your comment.

Other communities I moderate that you might find useful:
coloring_help is here to keep all the "how can I get this coloring" questions in one place, separate from all the other questions and tutorials out there.


icon_talk is a place where you can discuss icons and graphic making in a friendly environment.

This is a discussion community for all kinds of graphics, icons, headers, wallpapers, techniques etc. Here you can chat with fellow icon/graphic makers about creating graphics and get to know each other better.

In short this is a community for those who share a common interest in icons and graphics


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This community was created on january 1st 2009


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