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This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on February 6th 2017
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 X9 but any version will do
Tube & Image of Choice
Font of Choice – I used ShingiTalis
Distort – Shear
Xero – Porcelain
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 200 and flood fill with white
Select your preset shape tool with these settings:
Shape: Rectangle / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Stroke Width: 3
Set your foreground to Black, background to null
Draw a rectangle approx 78 x 175
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to Raster

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

Erase the right 4 rectangle
I selected the area to be deleted

Rename the rectangle layer – Rectangles

Select your pen, with these settings:
Mode: Draw lines & polylines / Create on Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 3.00
Foreground set to Black, background still set to null
Hold your shift key and draw a vertical line, but take it off canvas
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Effects, Plugins, Distort – Shear

Image, Free Rotate, Right by 45 degrees
Repeat the MuRa’s Meister – Copies with the same Line settings
Rename this layer Lines

Move the lines layer below the Rectangle layer
Select your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select every other section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Add a new raster layer – name it Line Fill
Flood fill with a color of choice from your tube
Selections, Invert and add another new raster layer – name it Line Fill 2
Flood fill with another complimentary color from your tube
Selections, None
Move Line layer above the 2 Line Fill layers

With your Line Fill 2 active
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Back Tube
Image, Mirror
Position within the lines where it looks best
Activate Line Fill 2
Selections, All, Float, Defloat
Activate Back Tube – Selections, Promote Selection to layer
On the original Back Tube layer, press delete
Selections, None

On the promoted layer
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy) and reduce the opacity to 40
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Porcelain
Use the default settings
Repeat the Porcelain with the same setting again

On the Back Tube
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Activate Lines layer
Copy and paste your tube or image of choice – rename Top Tube
Position within the Rectangles
Duplicate and working on the copy – Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Change the blend mode to either Screen or Multiply
Reduce the opacity to 61

Activate the Rectangles layer
Select outside with your magic wand (same settings as before)
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Activate Top Tube and press delete
Activate Copy of Top Tube and press delete
Selections, None

Edit, Copy Special, Copy Merged
Edit, Paste as a new layer – Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 5
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 56

Add a new raster layer
Flood fill with black
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 3 pixels and press delete
Selections, None

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used ShingiTalis
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name and position where it looks best
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 3 / Opacity: 25/ Blur: 4.95 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

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

Another sample using the now retired art of Ed Mironiuk. Fonts used are KG Blank Space Solid and KG Camden Market.

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