Peek-A-Boo

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on October 14th 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 SKBFont (background text) & Comic Book Fun
Autumn Template by Dee
VM Extravaganza – Transmission
Eye Candy 5:Impact – Perpective Shadow

I used the awesome artwork of Karen Middleton
You will need a license from CDO to use her work.
Please do not use Karen’s work without purchasing a license first.

Let’s Start
Open the template by Dee (DD_Autumn Template)
Press shift + D to duplicate and close the original
Resize to the size you normally tag at (I resized to 400 pixels)
Delete the following layers:
Info, leaves black, leaves white, leaves d/s, wordart, blue square, white square, left blue strip, green strip, orange strip, purple strip and right blur strip
Phew thats a lot of deleting lol

Using your manual color correction tool {mini tut here}
We are going to recolor the layers
Activate the white square layer
Recolor to a color from your tube
Activate purple square and recolor to another color

Duplicate both the white and purple square layers
Hide all layers except the copy of white/purple square
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible these two layers
Layers, View, View All
Move the merged layer in between the white & purple square layer on your layer palette

Working on the merged layer still
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 7
Effects, Plugins, VM Extravaganza – Transmission
Line width: 2 / Offset: 4 / Contrast: 40

Activate outside green oval and recolor to another color from your tube
Recolor inside green oval the same color
With your inside green oval layer the active one
Effects, Texture Effects, Weave
Gap size: 1 / Width: 6 / Opacity: 1 / Fill gaps: checked
Weave & Gap color: one of your square layer color

Activate the orange circle layer and recolor to another color

Select your text tool and choose your font
Create as vector & anti-Alias both checked
Foreground set to null, background to a color of choice
Add your text – I wrote Peek-A-Boo!
Repeat the text enough times to fill the orange circle
Convert to raster

Activate the white circle layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Modify, Contract by 5 pixels
Selections, Invert
Selections, Promote selection to layer
Keep Selected
Move the promoted layer above the text layer

Activate the text layer and press delete on your keyboard
Selections, None
Lower the opacity of the text to about 53

Recolor right doodle black and left doodle black to a color of choice

Select your preset shape tool, set to ellipse
Line width: 10 / Anti- Alias & Create as vector: checked
Set your foreground to any color (I used #B02D60), Background to null
Activate purple square
Now draw an ellipse round the ovals

It needs to be slightly larger than the outside green oval layer
Activate the top layer on your layer palette (should be left doodle black)
Select your text tool and choose a font
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Foreground set to a light color of choice, background to null
Line width set to 2
Place your cursor over the edge of the vector circle
You will get a symbol like this +A) or +T)
Click and add your text
Move your text to where you want
Convert to raster
Delete the vector shape layer

Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: checked
Select inside each letter of your text
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Set your foreground to a darker shade of your outline color
Add a new raster layer and flood fill
Selections, None
Move the flood filled layer below the outline layer

Activate the outline layer and add a drop shadow of choice I used:
V&H: 1 / Opacity: 63 / Blur: 3.96 / Color: Black

Open your tube of choice
Copy and paste as a new layer
Resize if needed I had to resize by 50%
Position where it looks best
Add a nice blurry drop shadow
I used Eye Candy 5:Impact – Perspective Shadow
Under Settings I used Drop Shadow Blurry
Basic settings as below

Select your text tool again
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both still checked
Foreground set to the color you used for the fill before
Background set to null
Line width set to 2
Add your name
Use the nodes to stretch/angle your text if required
When happy convert to raster

Select your magic wand again usign the same settings
Select inside each of the letters
Add a new raster layer
Set your foreground to the lighter shade you used for your outline earlier
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Flood fill the selected area
Selections, None
Move the flood filled layer below the outline layer
Activate the outline layer and add the same drop shadow as before

Hide the white background layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 🙂

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