From The Start

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on August 14th 2019
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 Arizona Bold and Streetlight Script
MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Plugin AB 08 – WireMeshings
Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
3 Textures of choice – I used ohfreckle_124 (1), franceeditions. (6) and Texture_053

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

Let’s Start
Open a new canvas 600 x 200 and flood fill with grey #929292
Select your Brush tool with these settings:
Shape: Square / Size: 50 / Hardness, Density, Thickness and Opacity: 100 / Step: 10 / Rotation: 0 / Blend mode: Normal
Set your foreground to white and you background to black
Add a new raster layer – name it Checks
Click with your foreground color in the very top left corner
Now directly underneath, click with your background color

Now click again with the foreground directly under the black
Then click with the background color, you should have a full strip of checks now

Next to the first white square, click and add a black one

Carry on and fill that line
Effects, Plugins, MuRa’s Meister – Copies
Choose the *Line preset with these settings:

Open ohfreckle_124 (1) texture
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Texture 1
Move this below the Checks layer
Activate the Checks layer and change the blend mode to Soft Light
Reduce the opacity to 63

Open franceeditions. (6)
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Texture 2
Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 48

Open Texture_053-by_ARTPLUSLOVE
Copy and paste as a new layer – rename Texture 3
Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 40

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename Tube
Position on either far side, I positioned on the right side
You want your tube to have dark edge, lots of dark hair or something
Resize your tube if needed, I resized to 85%, all layers unchecked
Duplicate your tube and rename the copy Tube Blur
Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur – radius set to 15
Change the blend mode to Overlay and reduce the opacity to 63

On the original Tube layer
Add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V: 2 / H: 3 / Opacity: 53 / Blur: 8.91 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Change the blend mode to Luminance (Legacy)

Select your eraser tool with these settings:
Shape: Circle / Size: 66 / Hardness, Density, Thickness & Opacity: 100 / Step: 10 / Rotation: 0
Activate Checks and erase the checks that are behind the tubes face

Activate Tube again
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible to a new Layer
Rename Wire Meshings
Working on this layer – Effects, Plugins, Plugin AB 08 – WireMeshings

Change the blend mode to Soft Light and reduce the opacity to 57

Activate Tube Blur
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible to a new Layer
Rename Blur
Apply the same Gaussian Blur as used earlier
Change the blend mode to Soft Light

With the Blur layer active
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible to a new Layer
Rename Grey
Adjust, Hue & Saturation, Colorize

Select your Pen tool with these settings:
Mode: Draw lines & polylines / Create on Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 25.00
Set your foreground to white, background set to null
Hold your Shift key and draw a line across the canvas, wider than the canvas

Convert to raster and rename Wavy Line
Effects, Distortion Effects, Wave

Grab your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Click above the wavy line
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Modify, Feather by 5 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate the Grey layer and press delete
Selections, None

Delete the Wavy Line layer
Activate Grey again
Selections, All, Float, Defloat, Invert
Selections, Promote Selection to Layer – rename Grey Line
Press Shift +G to open your Gamma Correction tool
Set all 3 values to 0.58

Repeat this a few times, until you get line is as dark as you want it
Add the same drop shadow as used on the Tube

Select the part of your tube that is Grey

Press delete on both the Grey and Grey Line layers
So only part of the whole image is Grey

Add a new raster layer – name it Frame
Flood fill with Black
Selections, All, Modify, Contract by 2 pixels
Press delete, Selections, None

Select your text tool and choose a bold font – I used Arizona Bold
Set your foreground to null, background to black
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Add your name and position where it looks best
Try to position close to the base of the canvas
When happy, convert to raster and rename Name 1
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow
Choose the Medium setting under the Color tab

Change the blend mode to Luminance and reduce the opacity to 48

Still with your text tool, choose another font, more script in style – I used Streetlight Script
Keep your settings the same BUT change the background color to white
Add your name again, and position slightly overlapping Name 1
When happy, convert to raster and rename Name 2
Add the same gradient glow BUT change the glow color to Black
Add the same drop shadow as used previously

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

Another sample using the art of Ted Hammond, who is also licensed through CDO, you can find this tube {here}. Font used is Playful

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