Certified Stalker

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on March 13th 2010
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. Do not copy and paste this tutorial anywhere on the net.
Scripting and translating of this tutorial is strictly forbidden.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X2 but this will work in any version
5 Tubes of your choice, from the same artist
Font/s of your choice
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mura’s – Tone
Xero – Radiance
Mask of your choice
Template made by me {here}

I used the awesome artwork of Barbara Jensen, You will need a license from Barbara’s site to use her work
Please do not Barbara’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open the template provided
Press shift + D to duplicate and close the original
Delete the Made By Fi layer
Open the 5 tubes you are going to use in psp
Decide which tube is going to be your main tube
Choose a colour from that tube

Make sure the Temp Frame layer is active
Use your manual colour correction tool to re-colour the frame
To find this tool, go to View, Customize, Unused Commands
You will find the Manual Colour Correction tool there
Drag the little icon onto your toolbar for easy use
Check Manual target colour
Now left click on the frame, the top box will change to the colour of the frame
Now right click on the colour you want the frame to be
The bottom box will now be this colour

Click OK

Now copy and paste your main tube as a new layer
Rename Main Tube
Duplicate your Frame layer
Rename the Copy, Dup Frame
Move your Dup Frame layer above your tube layer
Grab your eraser tool
Erase any parts of your tube that are outside the frame to the side and bottom – NOT THE TOP
Now activate the duplicate frame layer
Erase the part of the frame that goes over the top of your tube

Activate the original Temp Frame layer
With your Magic wand, using these settings:
Mode – Add (Shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – Checked
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Add a new raster layer, move this below Temp Frame and above Background
Name this layer Frame Back
Flood fill with a lighter colour of what you used for your frame
Selections, None

Add a new layer above Frame Back
Name it Frame Back 2
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Tone
Change the foreground (FG) colour to that of your frame
Other settings as below

Activate Frame Back layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Invert
Activate Frame Back 2 and press delete
Selections, None

Copy and paste your 2nd tube
Position on the left hand side
Activate Frame Back
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Invert
Activate the new tube and press delete
Selections, None
Duplicate your tube layer
On the duplicate layer
Effects, Plugins, Xero, Radiance –
Strangeness – 128 / Charm – 50 / Truth – 128 / Beauty – 255
Repeat the Radiance and change the blend mode to Soft Light
Rename these 2 tubes – Back Tube 1 & 2

Copy and paste your 3 remaining tubes as new layers
Position part of each on inside one of the boxes
Activate Temp Frame
Grab your magic wand – same settings as before
Click inside all 3 boxes
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Selections, Invert
Press delete on each of 3 tube layers we just pasted
Selections, Invert
Add a new raster layer – name it Box Back
Drag this layer under your 3 tube layers
Flood fill with black
Selections, None
Hide all layers except the 3 new tubes
Layers, Merge, Merge Visable
Unhide the Box Back layer

Duplicate your merged tube layer
On the original, change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)
On the copy change the blend mode to Soft Light
With the copy your active layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visable

Duplicate again
Change the blend mode of the copy to Soft Light or another of your choice
Rename Boxed Tube 1 and 2
Unhide all layers now

Activate the Background layer
Add a new raster layer – name this Mask
Flood fill with another shade of the colours used so far
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from disk
Find a mask you like – I used WSL_Mask33
Source Luminace / Fit to Canvas / Hide all Mask – checked
Layers, Merge, Merge group
Add another new layer above the mask layer
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister, Tone – same setting as before
Now apply the same mask to this layer too, same settings again
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Now lower the opacity of this layer to about 60/65

Grab your text tool and select a nice bold font – I used Impact
Set your foreground to the colour of your frame
Background set to black
Line Width – 2 / Create as vector and Anti-Alias checked
Type out the name of the person you are stalking, all in caps
Position your text above you frame next to your main tube’s head
Use the nodes to stretch it out if needed
When happy with size and placement, convert to raster
Move this layer so it’s under your Main Tube layer

Grab your selection tool with these settings:
Selection Type – Rectangle / Mode – Add (shift) / Feather – 0 / Anti-Alias – Checked
Draw a selection around the top half of your text

It doesn’t have to be perfectly in the middle of your text, just there-abouts
Now, Selections, Promote Selection to Layer
Click back on your original text layer in your layer palette and press delete
Selections, None
Now with your mover tool, move the top part of the text up on the canvas slightly
Do it slowly so you can keep them lined up

Text tool again but this time choose a small pixel font – I used FFF Urban, but there’s loads at Dafont
Set your foreground to null and your background to the frame colour
Create as vector checked
Anti-Alias – OFF – this is very important
Font size either 6 or 8 depending on font and psp version
Type out the word STALKER in caps
Repeat a few times so it fills the gap between your word

Hide all layers except for your 3 text layers
Layers, Merge, Merge Visable
Rename Text
Add a drop shadow of choice

Text tool yet again, but this time a more normal font (I couldn’t think of another word lol)
I used Century Gothic – came with either my pc or one of the programmes
Create as vector and remember to turn your Anti-Alias BACK ON!
Keep your foreground on null and set your background to white
Size will depend on your tag/font etc etc
Type out stalker a couple of times
Position at the bottom above the boxes
When happy, convert to raster and add a drop shadow of choice

With your font tool still…
Choose a nice scripty style font
I used WaterbrushROB which is a pay font sorry
Keep your settings the same but change your background colour to the frame colour
Type out the word Certified
Use the nodes surrounding the text, to angle and stretch your text if needed
When happy, convert to raster
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Gaussian & Monochrome checked, noise at 50%
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000, Gradient Glow
Basic Tab- Glow Width – 3 / Soft Corners – 25 / Overall opacity – 100/ Draw only outside selection- checked
Colour Tab – Choose the Fat preset
Add a drop shadow of choice
Add you name using the same method
Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark
Save as a jpg..or delete the white background and save as a png
All Done 🙂

Another sample using the awesome artwork of Jennifer Janesko

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