This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on April 7th 2011
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
Tube of your choice
Font of your choice
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow (or other Eye Candy)
L en K landksiteofwonders – L en L’s Zitah
Template 2 by CBJ, grab {here}

I used the awesome artwork of Martin Abel
You will need a license from cdo to use his work
Please do not use Martin’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open CBJ_Template2, press shift+D to duplicate and close the original
Delete the INFO layer
Hide the white background and crop away any excess canvas
Before we go any further we need to make the template compiant
Image, Resize, change the DPI to 72,000 and set the size to 100%

I then resized as I prefer smaller tags, its up to you if you want to resize
If you do resize make sure All Layers is checked

Activate the Mask layer
Using your Manual Colour Correction tool, change the colour to better suit your tube
You can find my tut on using and finding the manual colour correction tool {here}
Duplicate your mask layer
On the copy
Effects, Artistic Effects, Halftone – these are the settings I used

Set the ink colour to the colour of your mask

Set your foreground to a dark colour from your tube
Background set to a lighter shade
Change your foreground to a gradient, with these settings:

Activate your Rectangle 1 layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 1 pixel
Flood fill with your gradient
Selections, Invert and press delete on your keyboard (just to get rid of excess rectangle)
Keep Selected
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position where happy in the rectangle
Hit delete to get rid of any excess tube
Selections, None

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used Lokas 3D Shadow

You can get the same effect with a psp drop shadow, just set to horizontal to – (minus)
Change the blend mode on your tube to overlay or one that suits your tube/gradient

Duplicate your rectangle 1 layer
Move this layer above your tube layer in your layer palette and hide it for now
Activate your tube layer again
Layers, Merge, Merge Down

Grab your crop tool and click on the Merged Opaque button

Click Crop
This will rid any excess tube that is hiding off canvas

Still on your merged layer
Effects, Plugins, L en K landksiteofwonders, L en K’s Zitah

Repeat L en K’s Zitah another two (2) times

Unhide your copy of rectangle 1
Change the blend mode to either Overlay or Screen or another of your choice

On your materials palette, click the little double headed arrow to swap the colours

Your gradient should automatically change

Activate Rectangle 2
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, expand by 1 pixel
Flood fill with your gradient
Selections, None
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Gaussian & Monochrome checked, noise set at 50%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V & H – 1 / Opacity – 65 / Blur – 2.65 / Colour – Black

Activate the Dotlines
Recolour to better suit your tag and add a drop shadow
I used the same drop shadow as above but changed the colour to bright pink

Activate Square 1
Change the colour to your light colour
Activate Edge 1
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, expand by 1 pixel
Flood fill with your Dark colour
Repeat for Square 2

Activate Sqaure 1 again
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position part inside the frame
Grab your magic wand with these settings:
Mode – Add (Shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – checked
Activate Edge 1 and click inside the box
Selections, Modify, expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Invert

Activate your tube layer and press delete
Selections, None
Play about with the blend mode of your tube till you get a look you like
Add a drop shadow of choice to the Edge 1 layer
I used the same as above, changing the colour to white
Repeat the drop shadow changing the V& H to -1 (minus 1)
Hide all layers except, Square1, Tube and Edge 1 layers
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Unhide layers

Repeat these steps for Square 2 using a different part of the tube

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position where happy
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used Lokas 3D but changed the Offset X to 17

At this point I moved the squares about so they looked better on my tag
Once you have the squares where you want them
Duplicate each one once
On the copies, resize by 50%
Place the resized one with the opposite one
So resized square 1 goes next to full size square 2

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
I added a slight gradient glow to my credits – this is optional

Still got your text tool? Good
Swap to a bold chunky font or one of your choice – I used BadaBoom BB
Set your foreground to null and your background to your dark colour
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Use the nodes that surround your text to stretch and/or angle if required
When happy with the placement convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used the same as before but changed the colour back to black and the V&H to 1

Crop away any excess canvas and save as a jpg
Or delete the white layer and save as a png
All Done 🙂

Another sample using the awesome work of KT Bryan

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