Whatever!

This tutorial was written by Fi Pomfrett on August 17th 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 Beer and Banana Yeti
Toadies – What Are You?
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 500 x 500 and flood fill with grey #9C9C9C
Select your preshape tool with these settings:
Shape: Rectangle / Anti-Alias & Create as Vector: Checked / Line style: Solid / Width: 3.00
Set your foreground to white, background set to null
Draw rectangle on your canvas, approx 82w x 305h
Convert to raster – rename 1

Still with your preset shape tool and the same settings
Draw a slightly smaller rectangle, approx 35x x 285h
Position next to 1, leaving a small gap between the two
Convert to raster and rename 2

Draw another rectangle, slightly smaller again, approx 32w x 223h
Position next to 2, again leaving a slight gap
Convert to raster and rename 3

Hide the grey background
Layers, Merge, Merge Visible
Edit, Copy – Paste as a new layer – this should put it dead center on your canvas
Rename Frame
You can delete the original merged layer now

Activate and unhide the grey background
Copy and paste your tube as a new layer – rename T1
Position within the Frame where it looks best
Duplicate T1 twice, for a total of 3 layers
Rename the copies T2 and T3 (T3 being the top one)

Activate your Magic Wand with these settings:
Mode: Add (shift) / Match Mode: RGB Value / Tolerance & Feather: 0 / Contiguous & Anti-Alias: Checked
Activate the Frame and select inside each section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Add a new raster layer and rename Frame Back
Flood fill with white or grey this will depend on your tube choice
Move below T1
Selections, None

Activate T3 and reduce the opacity to 33
Activate the Frame and with your Magic Wand (same settings) select inside the smallest frame section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate T3 again and press delete
Selections, None

Activate T2 and reduce the opacity to 66
Activate the Frame, select inside the middle section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate T2 again and press delete
Selections, None

Activate the Frame, select inside the largest section
Selections, Modify, Expand by 2 pixels
Selections, Invert
Activate T1 and press delete
Selections, None
Activate the Frame and add a drop shadow of choice – I used:
V&H: 2 / Opacity: 44 / Blur: 5.94 / Color: Black / Shadow on new layer: Unchecked

Activate and delete the grey background
Activate Frame Back – Layers, Merge, Merge Visible to New Layer
Now set your foreground to white, background to a color from your tube
Working on this new Merged layer – rename Toadies
Move this below the Frame Back if it’s not already below it
Effects, Plugins, Toadies – What Are You?
Set both values to 20
Duplicate the Toadies layer
On the copy, change the blend mode to Overlay

Activate your Frame layer
Select your text tool and choose a font – I used Beer
Set your foreground to null, background set to white or a color of choice
Create as vector and Anti-Alias both checked
Type your text of choice, I wrote ‘WHATEVER’
Image, Free Rotate, Left by 90 degrees
Position along side your frame on the left, leaving a gap between the text and frame
When happy, convert to raster
Effects, Plugins, Eye Candy 4000 – Gradient Glow

Add the same drop shadow as used on the Frame

Choose another font – I used Banana Yeti
Keep your settings the same BUT change the background color to that of the gradient glow color you just used
Add your name and position where it looks best
When happy, convert to raster
Apply the same Gradient Glow as previously used BUT change the color to that of your first text
Add the same drop shadow

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

I made another sample using the art of Von Morgan (Liquid Skin) I purchased this tube when they were signed with CILM, to the best of my knowledge the tubes are no longer available for sale. Fonts used are Better Together (fallen), Bank Gothic (ANGEL) and Fortunates December (name)

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