Cherry Bomb


This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on January 4th 2016
Any resemblance to any other tutorial is coincidental. All tutorials are for non-profit personal use only. No distribution allowed except via text link.

Supplies needed:
PSP – I used X8 but any version will do
Tube of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Rusted Plastic and SamPlimsollSH
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Lokas Software – 3D Shadow
Mask 541 by InsatiableDreams
2 Textures of choice – I used 051 and 061 by ArtPlusLove

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 400 x 400 and flood fill white
Select your preset shape tool and set it to rectangle
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Width set to 5
Set your foreground to a dark color from your tube, background set to null
Draw a rectangle approx 116w x 210h
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to raster

Duplicate your rectangle – rename the copy Main
On the original, Image, Free Rotate – 5 degrees to the left
Move up slightly and left slightly
Rename this layer – Left

Duplicate and Image, Mirror – rename the copy Right
Move down and to the right slightly
Hide your white background and Main layers
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible the Left and Right layers
Layers, View, View All

Select the Main layer
Select your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside Main, expand by 3 pixels
Activate the merged layer and press delete
Selections, None

Hide the white background and Merge Visible the two rectangle layers
Rename the merged layer Frame
Unhide the white background layer
Duplicate the Frame layer and on the copy – Adjust, Blur, Guassian Blur – radius set to 5
Drag below the Frame layer, rename Frame Blur

Copy and paste your tube as new layer between the two frame layers – rename Tube
Resize by 85% (if needed)
Position so the head is higher than the frame
Effects, Plugins, Lokas Software – 3D Shadow

Select your Selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Rectangle / Mode: Add (Shift) / Feather: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Select the parts of your tube you want in front of the frame
Selections, Promote selection to layer
On the original tube layer, press delete
Selections, None
Move the promoted layer above the frame
Rename the promoted layer – Top Tube

Activate the Frame layer
Select your Magic Wand with the same settings as before
Click outside the frame, then Selections, Modify, Expand by 2
Activate your Tube layer and press delete
Selections, None

Activate your Frame again
Select Magic Wand again with the same settings
Select inside the 2 end sections of the frame
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Add a new raster layer – name it Frame Back
Move to the bottom of the layer palette just above the white layer
Flood fill the selected area with a color of choice
Selections, None

Activate your Srame and using your Magic Wand, select the middle section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Activate Frame Back, add a new raster layer above this layer – name it Frame Back 2
Flood fill with another color of choice
Selections, None

Activate Frame Back
Copy and Paste tube as a new layer again – name it Back Tube
Position the face in either of the end frames (Image, Mirror your tube if needed)
Duplicate Back Tube and on the copy apply the same Gaussian Blur as before
Change the blend mode to Overlay
On the original, change the blend mode to Luminance (legacy) and reduce opacity to 42

Activate the Frame and select outside it with your magic wand
Selections, Modify, Expand by 3 pixels
Press delete on both Back Tube layers
Selections, None

Activate the White Background layer
Open a texture of choice (I used061) and resize to 350 pixels wide
Copy and paste as a new layer
Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Load 541insatiabledreams mask
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Apply the mask again with the same settings
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Rename Bottom Mask

Activate Frame Back
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Ppen another texture of choice (I used 051) resize to 350 pixels
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Texture
Selections, Invert and press delete
Selections, None
Change the blend mode to Luminance (legacy)

Duplicate your Bottom Mask layer
Rename the copy Top Mask
Move the top of layer palette – Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Change the blend mode to Overlay

Select your text tool and choose a distressed font – I used Rusted Plastic
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your text of choice – I wrote ‘Cherry Bomb’
Position along the bottom of the frame
Use 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: 2 / Opacity: 69 / Blur: 9.90 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Change your font to another of choice – I used SamPlimsollSH
Keep your foreground on null, change your background color to another of choice
All other settings remain the same
Add your name, position where it looks best
When happy, Convert to raster
Duplicate and then working on the original
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Uniform & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 35
Activate the copy of text – Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Add the same drop shadow as used on your previous text

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

Another sample using the awesome art of Maryline Cazenave, who is also licensed through CDO. The three tubes are all from the same package, which you can see {here}. Fonts used are Stage (THE BOSS) and Suave Script (name)

I’ve also made 2 matching incredimail letters for both tags

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