Sub Pop

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on May 11th 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 X3 but this will work in any version
Tube & Close up of your choice
Font of your choice
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Elements of choice

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 350×350
Grab your paint brush with these settings:
Shape – Square / Size – 175 / Hardness, Density, Thick & Opacity – 100 / Step – 10 / Rotation – 0 / Blend Mode – Normal
Set your foreground to #B2688B
Position your brush in the top left corner of your canvas and click once
Change your foreground colour to #7984CB
Click your paintbrush once in the top right
Now change to #E9C06C
Click in the bottom right
Change again to #65AE52 and click in the bottom left
Rename this layer Background

Activate your Background layer
Grab your selection tool with these settings
Selection Type – Rectangle / Mode – Add (shift) / Feather – 0 / Anti-Alias – Checked
Draw a selection round the purple square
Copy and paste your close up as new layer
Position part of your tube within the selected area
Resize if needed – I resized by 65%
Selections, Invert, press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None
Rename Purple Tube

Duplicate your Purple Tube
Image, Mirror
Rename Blue Tube
Duplicate, Image, Flip
Rename Yellow Tube
Duplicate, Image, Mirror
Rename Green Tube

Activate your Purple Tube layer
Change the blend mode to Luminace (Legacy)
Duplicate this layer and change the blend mode to Soft Light
Lower the opacity down to about 65
Rename Purple Tube 2
Repeat this for the other 3 tubes

Hide all tube layers and activate your background layer
Grab your selection tool again, with the same settings
Draw a selection round your purple square
Selections, Promote selection to layer
Selections, Modify, Contract by 5 pixels
Now press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None
Rename this layer Purple Frame

On your layer palette, move this layer above Purple Tube 2
Repeat for the other 3 squares
Unhide your tube layers

Add a drop shadow of choice to each frame layer – I used
V & H – 2 / Opacity – 50 / Blur – 5 / Colour – Black
Repeat the drop shadow change the V & H to -2 (minus 2)
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Rename Background

Image, Increase canvas size to 500×500
Duplicate your merged layer
On the original
Image, Resize by 110%
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 8
Effects, Texture Effects, Weave
Gap Size – 4 / Width – 6 / Opacity – 1 / Fill gaps – checked
Set both colours to a light grey – I used #C0C0C0

Activate the Copy of Merged layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Activate the original merged layer and press delete
Do not de-select yet

Add a new raster layer, name it Colour
Flood fill the selected area with grey
Selections, None

Activate the Copy of Merged layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed – I resized by 85%
Add a drop shadow of choice to your tube – I used
Vertical – -3 (minus 3) / Horizontal – 8 / Opacity – 50 / Blur – 5 / Colour – Black

Grab your text tool and choose a font – I used Angelic War
Set your foreground to null
Background to Black
Create as vector and anti-alias both checked
Add your name
Use the nodes to stretch out if needed
When happy with the size and position, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
These are the settings I used

Add a drop shadow of choice to your text – I used
V & H – 3 / Opacity – 50 / Blur – 5 / Colour – Black

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark
Add some elements of your choice to make the tag your own
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 🙂

Here is another sample using the cool work of Pycho Jimi

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