Sprinkles

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on December 10th 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 X4 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used America Purpose Stripe 1 & Miss Robertson
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Mask 414 by Vix
Holiday Sprinkles by Sarah or kit of choice

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400×400, flood fill with grey (#c0c0c0)
Grab your preset shape tool, set to rectangle
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Line width set to 8
Draw a vertical rectangle about 2/3 of the height of your canvas
Position over to the top left of your canvas
Convert to raster
Duplicate your rectangle
Move the copy down and to the right slightly

Change your shape to an Ellipse
Set your line width to 20, other settings the same
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Do not convert to raster yet
Duplicate
On the original layer – Convert to raster

On the copy
Image, Resize, 90% all layers unchecked
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to raster

Activate the larger circle
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Feather by 2 pixels

Open a paper of choice
Copy and paste as a new layer
Selections, Invert
With the paper layer active, press delete once on your keyboard
Selections, None
Now activate the original large white circle and delete it

Activate the smaller white circle
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Feather by 2 pixels
Copy and paste the same paper as a new layer
With the paper layer active, press delete once on your keyboard
Selections, None
Now activate the original small white circle and delete it

Activate the top paper circle
Effects, 3D Effect, Drop Shadow
V&H – 0 / Opacity – 80 / Blur – 5 / Color – Black

Activate the first rectangle layer
Using your Manual Color Correction tool {mini tut here} recolor to match your circles
Now with your magic wand with these settings:
Mode – Add (Shift) / Match Mode – RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather – 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias – checked
Click inside the rectangle
Open a paper of choice
Copy and paste as a new layer
Move the paper layer below the rectangle
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Selections, Invert
Make sure you are on the paper layer and press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None

Activate the rectangle again
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H – 2 / Opacity – 45 / Blur – 5 / Color – Black

Repeat for the 2nd rectangle using a different color and paper

Activate the larger circle
Grab your magic wand with the same settings as before
Click inside the circle
Add a new raster layer, move it below the circle layer
Copy and paste a paper of choice INTO selection
Selections, None

Activate the top layer on your canvas
Copy and paste your tube of choice as a new layer
Duplicate your tube
Move the copy below the circle layers
Back on the original tube layer
Erase parts of the tube so it looks like the tube is coming out of the circles
On the copy – erase the parts of the tube outside the circles
You should have something like this

Add any elements you want to make the tag your own

Select your text tool and choose a bold font
Set your foreground to white, background to null
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Line width set to 2
Type out ‘CHRISTMAS’ or a word of your choice
Position towards the bottom of your tag
Stretch it out so its the same width as your tag
When happy with the size and position, Duplicate
On the copy, Convert to raster

On the original
Click the + sign on the layer palette
Now right click in the indented layer and choose Properties
Uncheck the Stroke box
Now set the background to a color/paper of your choice
When happy convert to raster

Activate the white outline layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H – 2 / Opacity – 45 / Blur – 5 / Color – Black

Activate your grey background layer and flood fill with white
Selections, All
Add a new raster layer
Copy and paste a paper of choice INTO selection
Selections, None

Working on the new paper layer
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load mask from disk
Look for Vix_Mask414 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to canvas and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Now Image, Mirror
If you want your mask to stand out a little more, duplicate it

Back with your text tool and select a script font
Set your foreground to null, background to any color
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add ‘merry’ or ‘happy’ or a word of choice
Do not convert to raster

Click the little + on the layer palette
Right click on the indented layer and select –
Convert text to curves – As character shapes
You should have anoter little + on your layer palette
Click that and you will now have each letter on its own layer
Scroll down the the first letter and right click on the layer
Select properties
Change the color to a color to match your image

Repeat this for each letter, selecting a different color each time
When you have recolored each letter
Convert to raster layer
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H – 2 /Opacity – 40 / Blur – 4 / Color – Black

Add your name using the same font, either in the same way or in one solid color
Which ever looks best to you

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Delete the white background layer
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 🙂

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