Afraid Of The Dark

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on May 20th 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
Fonts of your choice – I used MTF Chubbs & MTF DearSanta
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
MuRa’s Mesiter – Copies

I used the fabby artwork of Ken Morton, You will need a license from cdo to use his work
Please do not use Ken’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 500×200 or use the default forum size if you prefer (600×250)
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Use the Wallpaper (Rotate) default settings
Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur
Angle – 0 / Strength – 100
Repeat the blur a further four (4) times
Effects, Edge Effects, Dilate
Repeat this effect a further four (4) times
Effects, Edge Effects, Enhance
Rename Background
Crop your canvas back to your starting size

Duplicate your Background layer
On the copy – Effects, Distortion Effects, Warp

Repeat the Warp effect
Rename Warped

Hide the Background layer
Keeping the Warped layer active
Select your Selection Tool, set to Ellipse
Mode – Add (Shift) / Feather – 0 / Anti-Alias – Checked
Place your cursor at the center of your canvas
Drag your cursor down and to the right, you want to select the warped area

Selections, Modify, Feather by 25 pixels
Press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None

Duplicate the Warped layer
On the original
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Random & Monochrome – Checked / Noise – 25
Unhide your Background layer

Activate your bottom layer (raster 1) which should be blank
Flood fill with white
On your Background layer lower the opacity to about 75

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed – I resized by 75%
Duplicate and move the copy to the top of your layer palette

Working on the copy
Grab your eraser tool choose the +Round 25 preset
Carefully erase any parts o your tube that are outside the warp on the left hand side

I drew a selection round mine so you could see the area better in the screen shot
I also hid my background just to make it easier for me

Activate the original tube layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used
Vertical – -3 (minus 3) / Horizontal – 8 / Opacity – 47 / Blur – 6 / Colour – Grey (#404040)

Activate your copy of tube
Add a new raster layer
Flood fill with a colour of choice from your image
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 1 pixel
Press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used
V&H – 2 / Opacity – 47 / Blur – 6 / Colour – Black
Repeat the drop shadow changing the V&H to -2 (minus 2)

Grab your text tool and choose a chunky font
Set your foreground to white, background to null
Line width – 1.5 / Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name or message
Position where it looks best – I placed mine along the top of the image
Use the nodes to stretch and/or angle your text if needed
When happy with the size & placement – Convert to raster
Zoom in a little – I zoomed to 200%
Grab your magic wand with these settings:
Mode – Add (Shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value – / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – checked
Click inside each of your letters
Selections, Modify, Expand by 1 pixel

Activate your Background layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer
Layers, Arrange, Bring to top
Drag back below your text outline layer
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Screen or one of your choice

Activate the text outline layer and add a sharp drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H – 1 / Opacity – 47 / Blur – 2 / Colour – Black

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Save as a JPG/PNG
All Done 🙂

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