Pop Skull

This tutorial was written by Fiona Pomfrett on November 16th 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 Billy Argel
Gemsmask26 by Gems
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Pop Skull kit by Pimp’d Designz or one of choice

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

Let’s Start
Ensure your Staurs Bar is turned on – View, Toolbars, Status Bar

Open a new canvas 400×400 and flood fill with white
Select your pen tool with these settings:
Mde: Draw lines & polylines . Create as vctor: Chcked / Line Style: Solid / Width: 75 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Set your foreground to any color, background to black
Place your cursor at x: 100 y:100

Holding your shift key, drag your mouse down to x: 100 y:300

Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to raster

Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the *line preset

Erase the end two rectangles

Open 3 complimenting papers – I used papers 1, 4 & 10
Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Toleance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select the first rectangle with your magic wand
Add a new raster layer
Copy and paste one of the papers INTO selection
Selections, None

Activate the rectangle layer again
Select the middle rectangle with your magic wand
Activate the paper layer
Copy and paste another paper INTO selection
Selections, None

Activate the rectangle layer again
Select the last rectangle with your magic wand
Activate the paper layer
Copy and paste your 3rd paper INTO selection
Selections, None

Delete your original rectangle layer
Duplicate your paper layer twice giving you 3 layers
On the original, Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – Radius set to 5

Activate the top copy
Adjust, Blur, Radial Blur

Activate the middle paper layer
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Selections, Invert
Activate the top paper layer and press delete
Selections, None
Hide the white background layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Unhide the white background layer again

Open Frame 2 from the kit
Resize by 25%
Copy and paste as a new layer onto your main canvas
Ensure this is the top layer on your layer palette

Duplicate your paper layer
On the copy, Image and Mirror

Select your magic wand with the same settings as before
Activate your frame layer and click inside it
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate the copy of paper (the one we mirrored)
Press delete, then selections, none

Duplicate your frame layer
Copy and paste your tube of choice as a new layer
Resize your tube if needed
Position inside your frame
Erase any tube that is below the frame
I drew a selection round the area to be deleted

Now activate the copy of frame
Erase any part of the frame that covers the top of your tube

Activate your tube and add a drop shadow of choice, I used:
V&H: 0 / Opacity: 100 / Blur: 5.94 / Color: Black

Open Flower2 and resize by 50%
Activate the merged paper layer
Copy and past the flower as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Add the same drop shadow as used on your tube layer

Open Sparkle1 from the kit and resize to 200 pixels high
Activate the merged paper layer
Copy and paste the sparkle as a new layer
Position over one of the rectangles

Open Ribbon 1 and resize by 45%
Activate the top frame
Copy and paste the ribbons as a new layer
Position on the bottom of your frame
Add the same drop shadow

Activate the white background layer
Add a new raster layer
Selections, All
Copy and paste one of your papers as a new layer
Selections, None

Resize this layer by 80%
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for gemsmask26 or one of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group

Select your text tool and choose your font
Set your foreground to null, Background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name, position where it looks best
When happy, Convert to raster

Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Set to 2nd node to another color from your tag, 1st node to white

Add the same drop shadow to your text

Add your artists copyrights, scrap credits (if required) and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

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

Another sample using a fabby kit by DesignsBySarah, this is a Facebook Freebie over at the PMT/wS Facebook page.
I didn’t use any art on this, just the bits from the kit
Font used is Bittersweet

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