Darkness Falls

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on August 6th 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 Sick Vice Capital and Saltpeper N Fugus
Grunge Textures of Choice – I used GrungeTextures1 by Oridzuru
Xero – Porcelain & Radiance
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 650 x 200 and flood fill with Black
Rename this Black BG
Add a new raster layer – name it Rainbow BG
Flood fill with a Rainbow gradient of choice, I used Fading Spectrum
With these settings:
Angle: 90 / Repeats: 0 / Invert: Checked

Open FruityGrunge-2, copy and paste as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Rename Grunge 1
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Base Tube
Position on one side of the canvas
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Procelain
Use the default settings
Duplicate and rename the copy Top Tube
On the Base Tube, add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 3 / H: 8 / Opacity: 77 / Blur: 12.87 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

On your Top Tube layer
Effects, Plugins, Xero – Radiance
Use the default settings
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to about 59

Open Fruit4Grunge-1, copy and paste as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Rename Grunge 2
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

Open FruityGrunge-4, copy and paste as a new layer
Position where it looks best
Rename Grunge 3
Change the blend mode to Soft Light
Effects, Texture Effects, Blinds

Activate Rainbow BG and duplicate
On the copy – Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Change the blend mode to Overlay
Reduce the opacity to about 61
Rename Top Rainbow

Activate Black BG and duplicate
On the copy – Layers, Arrange, Bring to Top
Rename Frame
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 2
Press Delete
Selections, None

Activate Top Tube
Select your text tool and choose a grungy type font – I used Sick Vice Capital
Set your foreground to null, Background set to white
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type your text of choice – I wrote ‘when darkness falls’
Position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Reduce the opacity to about 61

Activate Top Rainbow
Select your text tool again, choose another grungy type font – I used Saltpeper N Fugus
Keep your settings the same
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Duplicate and on the original – Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies

Change the blend mode to Soft Light
On the copy – Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 3 / Opacity: 77 / Blur: 12.87 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Add your artists copyrights and your own taggers watermark as a new layer

I made another sample using the art of Anna Liwanag, who is also licensed through CDO, you can find this tube {here}. I used different textures and a different gradient too

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