WK 07-10-06

©Westie Kids/Dian@ 2004

This tutorial was written for PSP8. Earlier versions will not have the Halftone Effect used in the tag background nor the Line Art Texture pattern in Sculpture, so just use whatever you like for yours - my tutorial is just a guide. The beautiful tube used was done by my friend, Steph Staker http://www.stakerfamily.com, and she has graciously allowed me to present it with this tut. Please do not change the tube name nor offer it elsewhere for download. Do not send the webpage through emails, and only offer a text link to my tutorial URL. I do not wish my tutorials to be translated. Thank you for your courtesy...God bless, Diana


Jasc Paint Shop Pro

Zip File (includes tube & Metro Retro freeware font)

1) File/New Image: 600 x 600 Color: WHITE (so we can see our progress; color can be changed later).

2) Open Tube; Edit/Copy then Paste as New Layer. Image/Resize 75%, All layers UNchecked. Minimize original tube (we'll use it later).

3) With your Layer Palette open, click on the Duplicate Layer icon (new icons added to PSP8). See screenshot below:

4) With Copy of Raster 1 the active layer, Image/Rotate/Free Rotate: Right, Free 135 deg. (make sure all layers and rotate layers boxes are UNchecked).

5) Hide Background (click on eye to get red X) then Layers/Merge Visible to merge the 2 tube layers only. (You can now unhide the background).

6) Make sure you're on the Merged layer then Adjust/Blur/Gaussian Blur 24.00. Check to see that the blur hasn't extended to the edge of your working area: Selections/Select All. Selections/Float. If the "marching ants" are touching the sides anywhere, go back and Undo the Blur, then resize your merged layer and repeat the Blur step. Then Selections/Select None.

7) On Merged layer in your layer palette, click arrow (to right of Normal) to get drop down menu. Change blend mode from Normal to Hard Light.

8) Effects/Artistic Effects/Halftone (as I stated above, PSP versions earlier than 8 will not have this, so use another effect here): Halftone Pattern: Round, size 15; screen angle 135; Use as overlay checked; blend mode Normal, Opacity 100; Color Scheme: Greyscale; Pattern: #FFFFFF; Background transparent checked. See screenshot below:

9) Find folder where you placed the Metro Retro font, double click to open it, then click on text tool: Vector, Size 100, 3px stroke width (see screenshot below) #FEF688 (yellow) stroke; Fill #2A5493 (blue). PLEASE NOTE THAT METRO RETRO FONT USES ONLY CAPITAL LETTERS. Depending on length of word/name, may need to use different size text. Vector text can be pulled up/down/left/right using the red boxes. Don't get too close to edge. Place text as per sample above, then Convert to Raster Layer. PLEASE NOTE: If you use a different size for your text, the effect may not come out the same, since we're only wanting to have a sculptured effect on the scalloped portion of text. This Font has areas that will be transparent, not filled with either stroke or fill colors. We'll be filling that area later.

10) Using Magic Wand, click anywhere outside of text, then Selections/Invert (this selects outside area of text); then Selections/Float; Selections/Modify/Contract: 2, keep selected.

11) On your layer palette, click top left icon to add new raster layer, then floodfill with #2A5493 blue; Selections/None. Drag this layer below original text layer in your layer palette (or use Layers/Arrange/Move Down). We'll get back to this layer shortly.

12) Back to top original text layer; Zoom in 2-3 times and select with Magic Wand, tolerance 20, just the blue in the scalloped area, holding down Shift Key as you go from one letter to the next. This will select the scallops and some of the lines - make sure you get ALL the scalloped portion selected, but we will still have some areas of blue that we want to leave as is. Check the sample above for reference.

13) Apply Effects/Texture Effects/Sculpture: Icy, changing color to the blue, #2A5493, and Shininess to 100. If you don't have the pattern called Line Art Lavender that came with PSP8, use another pattern, experiment! Selections/Select None. See screenshot below:

Here's how your text should look so far: See screenshot below:

14) Notice the 3 red X's I have marked? We want to remove just those sections before adding drop shadows. Still on the top text layer, use your Magic Wand again, and click inside those large 3 areas. Then Selections/Modify/Expand: 2. Keep selected, but now click in your layer palette to the copy of text layer below (the all blue one) and then hit your Delete Key. Selections/None.

15) Go to Layers/View/None to hide all your layers. Then click on the red X in the layer palette to unhide the 2 text layers, making sure you're on one of those 2 active layers. Right click on one of them, then Merge/Visible. You can now unhide the bottom layers.

16) Effects/3D/Drop Shadow (#1): Hor. & Vert.: 1; Opacity: 100; Blur: 1; Color: black; Shadow on new layer unchecked. Drop Shadow (#2): Hor. & Vert. 3, Opacity: 35, Blur: 15, Color: black. I like to make sure my drop shadows don't extend to the edges of my workspace, so Selections/Select All, then Selections/Float. If "marching ants" aren't touching the sides, you won't have the cut-off shadow edge on your tags.

17) You're now ready to add your tube. Click on your original tube, then Edit/Copy. Click back on your working image and Edit/Paste as New Layer. You'll want to resize your tube, this one resized at 75% (make sure Resize All Layers is unchecked). Then Adjust/Sharpness/Sharpen.

18) Position your tube so she's lying across the text and have your tube and text centered in your file. Add the 2nd Drop Shadow we used on the text: Hor. & Vert.: 3, Opacity: 35, Blur: 15, Color: black, Shadow on New Layer unchecked.

19) Add your watermark, if you have one, or signature. Save your file as .psp or .pspimage if you want to save the layers to use portions for another project.

20) Hide the bottom layer (the white background layer) and click on a layer above, then Merge/Visible. Click on your merged layer and Edit/Copy, then Paste as NEW IMAGE. If you want to use a background other than white, add a New Raster Layer, Layers/Arrange/Move Down, then floodfill with your color. Otherwise, you're ready to save your tag as a .jpg. File/Export/JPEG Optimizer.

Below is another one I did with a slightly different Halftone effect for the tag's background: Angle 0, Opacity 75, Background Color #C0CEAD, green. Layer Blend Mode not changed. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. God bless, Diana

©WESTIE KIDS/Dian@ 2004


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Created 08/06/04
Revised 07/10/06
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Thank You and God bless........Diana