Creating a Visual Icon
Step 1: Start with a moody selfie.
Step 2: Increase the contrast. That enhances the strongest features and eliminates distractions.
Step 3: I used a “Warping” tool in Corel Paintshop Photo Pro X2. This distorts photos in a circular fashion. Here, I pulled my head smaller, which increased the outside of the frame, making shoulders and hat bigger. I kept playing until I got the image I liked. Changed it to monochrome to focus on the image and not the color.
Step 4: Remove the background. An icon should be simple. Any Photoshop-like editor should have an eraser tool.
Step 5: Tinged in Red, because … Red.
Step 6: Pixilated it, using a pixilation tool, to make it look like a drawing. Then increased the contrast again.
Step 7: Played with different color combinations and ended on Blue and complementary yellow. It felt like The Bluez, so I knew I was done.