Spring This Way

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on March 14th 2018
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 of Choice
Fonts of Choice – I used Fixation, London Two and A Little Sunshine
Eye Candy 5: Impact – Extrude
Halftone Mask 2 by Dee

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

NOTE: You will need to be able to use the Manual Color Correction (MCC) Tool, you can find a mini tut {here} on using it

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 550 x 550 and flood fill with white
Select your text tool and choose a bold font – I used Fixation
Set your foreground to black, background set to null
Stroke width set to 2, Size set to about 200
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type out your main word of choice – I wrote ‘YAY’
Objects, Align, Center in Canvas
Convert to raster

Grab your freehand selection tool with these settings:
Selection type: Point to point / Mode: Add (shift) / Feather & Smoothing: 0 / Anti-Alias: Checked
Draw a selection round the first letter of your word
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer – rename after the letter, from me Y (1)
Selections, None

Working on your letter layer
Use you MCC tool to recolor to a color of choice
Adjust, Add/Remove Noise, Add Noise
Uniform & Monochrome: Checked / Noise: 65%
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 55 / Blur: 5.94 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Checked

Activate your letter again
Using your magic wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Select inside the letter
Selections, Modify, Expand by 1 pixel
Add a new raster layer – name it Fill
Move below the Shadow layer
Flood fill with the same color you changed the letter too
Selections, Invert
Activate the Shadow layer and press delete
Selections, None

Activate the Fill layer again
Effects, 3D Effects, Inner Bevel

Activate the letter again
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Repeat the Merge Down
You should have all the layers that make up your first letter on one layer now
If needed rename after your letter again

Repeat these steps for your other letters
Once done you can delete the original black text layer

Activate the first letter again
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 5: Impact – Extrude

Apply the Extrude to each letter, changing the direction on each layer
There are no particular settings just what you think looks best

Move your letters together positoning where they look best
You may have to move them about on the layer palette too
This is what I have now

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Position where it looks best on top of your letters
Add the same drop shadow BUT change the V to 4 and uncheck the shadow on new layer box

Select your preset shape tool with these settings:
Shape: Arrow 18 / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 3.00
Set your foreground to a color of choice, Background set to null
Draw an arrow that sort of curves round the base of your letters

When happy, Duplicate
Hide the copy, leaving it as a vector
On the original, convert to raster and rename Arrow

Working on the Arrow
Repeat the same steps as you did for your letters

Unhide the copy of vector shape and add a new layer above it, name it Delete Me
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used London Two
Set your foreground to null, background to a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Position your mouse cursor over the bottom edge of the vector shape, until you get a +A) or +T) symbol
Click and add your text, I wrote ‘SPRING THIS WAY’
When happy, convert to raster layer
Add the same drop shadow as used on letters, BUT uncheck the shadow on new layer box
Ensure the text your just added is directly above your Arrow layer
Layers, Merge, Merge Down
Move your Arrow below the white background layer

Select your preset shape tool again
Keep the settings the same BUT change the shape to Ellipse
Foreground set to black, background set to null
Draw an ellipse round the top of your tag, you want it to meet either end of the Arrow

Convert to raster – name Circle

Using your Magic Wand with the same settings as before
Select inside the circle
Add a new raster layer – name it Grad BG
Selections, Modify, Feather by 15
Flood fill the selected area with a gradient of choice (I used one I made based on the colors I used in my tag)
Style: Linear / Angle: 90 / Repeats: 0 / Invert: Unchecked
Selections, None

Delete the Circle layer
Activate the Grad BG
Move below the Arrow layer
Erase any Grad BG that is visible below the Arrow
Duplicate and on the copy – Effects, Texture Effects, Texture – Weave

Erase one side so you only have the weave on one side of your tube

Hide your white background
Crop away any excess canvas
Increase your canvas size to 550 x 550, central placement selected
This puts our whole tag in the middle
Activate the white background layer
Unhide it and flood fill with the same gradient BUT check the Invert box

Layers, Load/Save Mask, Load Mask from Disk
Look for halftone-mask-2 or mask of choice
Source luminance, Fit to layer and Hide all mask: Checked
Layers, Merge, Merge Group
Resize by 90%, all layers unchecked

Duplicate your mask and position above the Grad BG
Change the blend mode to Multiply and reduce the opacity to 57
Erase any of the mask that covers the weave we did earlier

Activate the Arrow and apply a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 4 / Opacity: 55 / Blur: 10.89 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Add the same drop shadow to each of your letter layers

Select your text tool and choose a font – I used A Little Sunshine
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
When happy, convert to raster
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 55 / Blut: 2 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer
Crop away any excess canvas
Save as a jpg/png
All Done 😀

Another sample using the art of Maryline Cazenave, who is also licensed through CDO. This is the bonus tube for March 2018, but you can see all Maryline’s other tubes {here}. Font used on this sample are Fixation, Janda Everyday Casual and Halimun.

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