This tutorial was written by me on June 6th, 2012. Any resemblance to any other tutorial or tag is unintentional and is pure coincidence. Please do not claim my work as your own and do not post to any other website, blog or forum without permission from me. It is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of PSP and its components. It was written for PSP X.
I recommend that you read through this or any tutorial you are attempting before starting it so you will know what to expect and how to get organized.
As with any of my tutorials when a plugin is required, change only the settings I recommend and leave the others on the default settings.
What you will need to accomplish this tutorial is the zany art of Natalie VonRaven which you can purchase at Creative Design Outlet HERE. Please support the arts and don't use Natalie's tubes without a license. Plugins Eye Candy 4000, Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact and Toadies. Fonts are Dirty Headline which you can download HERE and Yevida HERE. No scrap is used.
Let's get started...
Start a 700 x 700 new white image...you can resize later. Copy and paste your tube into your new image. Draw a large black circle beneath your tube. Use my image as a reference for size and placement. Duplicate the circle and go to Effects/Plugins/Toadies/Blast 'em and use these settings:
Then go to Effects/Plugins/Toadies/Blur 'em and use these settings:
Duplicate this layer.
Above the top black circle add a new raster layer. With your selection tool set to 110 feather and set on Circle draw a circle and flood fill with the lightest red from your tube. You may need to fill several times to fill the circle up. In the blend mode setting, set this layer to Hard Light. Do not deselect. Add another layer above this red layer and flood fill with the cream color from your tube. Fill it to nearly cover the red and in the Blend mode set the mode to Dissolve.
To make your circle crisp select the circle layer that has no effects added. Go up to Selections/Select all/Selections/Float/Selections/Defloat/Selections/Invert. Select your red circle layer and hit delete...do the same for the cream circle...this will clean up anything outside your circle.
In your layer palette select your tube layer. Duplicate it...select the original tube layer and go to Effects/Plugins/Toadies/Blast 'em and use these settings:
Then go back to Effects/Plugins/Toadies/Blur 'em and use these settings:
Next, in your layer palette select the duplicated tube layer and then go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000 Corona and use these settings:
Then go to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Impact/Perspective Shadow and use these settings:
This particular plugin requires some practice and attention to every part of your tube or whatever you're shadowing. What we are attempting to do here is to make the tube 'pop' way off of the canvas. You can move your shadow around by playing with your nodes or just moving the entire shadow. To move one node at a time hold down your CTRL key while moving the node. The red square at the top of this plugin window allows you to move around all parts of your tube that's not showing.
Now for the Word art use Dirty Headline. (set antialias to off for crisp edges on your fonts) You will have to do one letter at a time and use your Pick tool to offset each letter. Again, you can use my image as a reference for size and placement.
Now for each letter we're going to add a Corona. On every letter layer go to Effects/Plugins/Eye Candy 4000/Corona and use these settings:
Once you have put a Corona to each letter, merge each 'word' together. In other words, merge w.h.y for why and s.o for so, etc but don't merge the whole wordart together.
Once you have the three words, go back to Effects/Plugins/Alien Skin Eye Candy 5/Perspective Shadow and use the same settings as you did above...you can move your nodes to tweak your shadows...remember to move one node at a time hold down your CTRL key while moving the node.
Add your name with Yevida font and give it a slight drop shadow.
Add your copyright taking care that it is legal and legible. For a neat and professional-looking copyright I use a pixel or copy font. You can google and find all sorts of them. Most of these fonts look best on size 6 with your antialias set to off. For the © sign hold down ALT and type 0169.
Resize to fit your needs and you're done.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and maybe gleaned something to hone your PSP skills. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns with broken links, etc.