Checked Pirate

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on March 20th 2012.
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
Font of Choice – I used Pieces of Eight
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Lokas Software – 3D Shadow
Mask 19 by Bev of HorsePlay’s Pasture

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 a new black canvas 400×400, flood fill with white
Grab your preset shape tool set to Rounded Rectangle
Anti-Alias & Create as vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Line width: 4
Set your foreground to black, background to null
Draw a rounded rectangle approx 250×150
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert this to raster

Select your selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Rectangle / Mode: Add (Shift) / Feather: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Draw 2 rectangles across your canvas

Add a new raster layer – Rename Stripe 1
Move this above your white background
Flood fill the selected area with a color of choice from your tube
Keep Selected

Add a new raster layer – Name it Stripe 2
Selections, Modify, Contract by 6 pixels
Flood fill with another (complimenting) color of choice from your tube
Selections, None

With your stripe 2 layer still the active one
Effects, Texture Effects, Weave
Gap size: 1 / Width: 4 / Opacity: 3 / Fill gaps: Checked / Weave & Gap Color: set to either Black or White depending on your stripe 2 color

Add a drop shadow of choice to Stripe 2 I used
V&H: 1 / Opacity: 75 / Blur: 3 / Color: Black
Repeat the drop shadow of Stripe 1

Activate Stripe 2
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position towards the edge of your rectangle frame (mirror tube if needed)
Now erase all of the tube that is outside the frame

Add a new raster layer – name it Frame Fill
Move it below your tube
Grab your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: checked
Activate your frame layer and click inside
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Activate Frame Fill and flood fill with the same color you used on Stripe 1
Keep selected

Grab your paint brush tool with these settings
Shape: Round / Size: 80 / Hardness, Density, Thickness, Opacity : 100 / Step: 10 / Rotation: 0
Set your foreground to the color you used on Stripe 2
Now paint on your fill layer, paint so it’s part way under your tube

I lowered the opacity of my tube so you could see where I painted

Selections, None
Effects, Art-Media Effects, Brush Strokes

Fiddle with the setting until you get a look you like
Change the blend mode of your tube to Luminance (legacy)
Lower the opacity to about 44

Activate your tube layer
With your magic wand (same settings as before)
Click outside your tube
Activate the Frame fill layer
Selections, Promote selection to layer
Selections, None

On the promoted layer
Effects, Texture Effects, Weave
Gap size: 1 / Width: 8 / Opacity: 3 / Fill gaps: Checked / Weave & Gap Color: set to either Black or White depending on your stripe 2 color

Open a new canvas 50×50
Grab your paint brush with these settings:
Shape: Square / Size: 25 / Hardness, Density, Thickness & Opacity: 100 / Step: 10 / Rotation: 0
Set your foreground to your Stripe 1 color
Background to Stripe 2 color
Left click once in the very top left corner

Then again in the bottom very corner
Now right click in the remaining two spaces
You should now have something like this

Back on your main canvas
Activate your white background layer
Add a new raster layer
Set your foreground to the pattern we just made
Selections, All, Modify by 40 pixels
Flood fill the selected area
Selections, None

Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Find the HorsePlay’s Pasture Mask 19 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask all checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Effects, Art Media Effects, Brush Strokes

Activate your rounded rectangle frame layer
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed, position on the opposite side to your other tube
Add a drop shadow of choice I used Lokas Software – 3D Shadow

Select your text tool and choose your font
Set your foreground to null and background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name
Do Not Convert to Raster

Position your mouse cursor over the the bottom right node
You will get a 4 pointed arrow
Hold down your ctrl key and drag this node out towards the edge of the canvas

Drag this out until you are happy with the look
Then place your curser on the bottom center node
Drag down (if needed)
When happy with how your text looks
Convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow you added to your tube

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

Crop away any excess canvas
Delete the white background layer
Save as jpg/png
All Done 🙂

Another sample using the art of Amy Matthews, who is also licensed through CDO, font used on this one is Amethyst Script. The flowers are CU by Created By Jill and Pimp’d Designz

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