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This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on October 7th 2014
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 FrankenTOHO, DJB Rubia Tuesday & Good Karma Demo
VM Extravaganza – Transmission
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 250 or a forum size of choice
Set your foreground and background to complimentary colors from your tube
Change your foreground a fore/back gradient mix
Style: Linear / Angle: 0 / Repeats: 50 / Invert: checked or unchecked it doesn’t matter
Flood fill your canvas with your gradient
Effects, Plugins, VM Extravaganza – Transmission

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Position on one side of the canvas
Duplicate your tube
Working on the original – Adjust, Blur, Motion Blur
Angle: 90 / Strength: 60

On the copy of your tube, resize by 76% – all layers Unchecked
Move your tube over to the edge of the canvas again
Move the blurred layer too if you have too much blur showing
This will be up to you on how much of each you want ‘on canvas’

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used FrankenTOHO
Set your foreground to null, background to a dark color or black
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add one word from your chosen text – I wrote HALLOWEEN
Position on your canvas, use the nodes to stretch if needed
When happy, convert to raster
Change the blend mode to Luminance (legacy) or one of choice

Keep your text tool active and select another font – I used DJB Rubia Tuesday
Add the remainder of your text – I did it in two parts
Position, again used the nodes to stretch if required
When happy, Convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 0 / Opacity: 65 / Blur: 3.91 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Keep your text tool active still and select another font – I used Good Karma Demo
Add your name, Position, again used the nodes to stretch if required
When happy, Convert to raster
Add the same gradient glow and drop shadow

Add a new raster layer and flood fill with a dark color of choice or black
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 1 pixel and press delete
Selections, None
Duplicate this layer – on the original
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 3

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

Another sample using the awesome art of PinUpToons, who is also licensed through CDO. On this sample I changed the line width on the transmission to 100. I also applied Eye Candy 3.1 Glass to the text. Fonts used are le Laboratoire du Docteur Steak for my hump & check it out and Olympic Branding for the rest.

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