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Blasted Pool
« on: May 24, 2012, 07:19:23 pm »

I've used PSP9 for this tutorial, however you should be able to create this tag in all versions.
I am assuming you have some knowledge of how PSP works, including applying masks.

Supplies needed:
A tube and close up of choice.  I'm using one by Amy Matthews which is available from CDO
Please do not use the same tube without the appropriate license.
Font of choice.  I've used Windsong.
Mask of choice.  I've used SpawnsFSMask46 created by Spawn

Greg's Factory Output Vol. II - Pool Shadow
DSB Flux - Blast

1.  Open a new transparent image 600 x 250 pixels

2.  Select your Preset Shapes tool.  Set the background to null and the foreground to a colour from your tube.
Draw a rectangle, using the following settings:

See my example for placement.  Once happy, convert it to a raster layer.

3.  Using your Magic Wand, click inside your rectangle.  Selections - Modify - Expand by 2.
Highlight your bottom layer (it should be transparent still) and flood fill the selection with another colour from your tube.
Do not deselect.

4.  Apply Greg's Factory Output Vol. II - Pool Shadow with the following settings:

Do not deselect.

5.  Paste your tube as a new layer below your frame, but above your Pool Shadow layer.  Move into position.
Selections - Invert.  Press delete on your keyboard.  Selections - Select None.
Change your tube layer blend mode to Overlay (or one that suits your tube).

6.  Merge visible.  Duplicate this layer.
On the original layer, apply DSB Flux - Blast with the following settings:

Apply this a second time, changing the direction to Downwards.

7.  Paste your close up as a new layer.  Move it to the top of your layer palette.
Crop your tag to 600 x 250 pixels.

8.  Make sure you are on your tube layer.  Apply your mask to this layer, ensuring you have it set to 'Fit to layer'.
Merge group.

9.   Add your name, copyright and license number (if necessary).
Export your tag as a PNG.
And you’re done :)

Here's another example also using the artwork of Amy Matthews.

« Last Edit: January 13, 2013, 11:09:16 am by Sezy »

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