This tutorial was written by Monti on October 3rd 2006. It's concept is copyrighted to Monti. Any creation you make from my ideas are yours. You may print out this tutorial for your own personal use, but please do not copy it in any way to put online, pass out or rewrite without my permission or worse yet attempt to claim as your own.
This was written for psp 9 but will work in other versions.
For this tutorial you will need
Paint Shop Pro
Tramges - Tow The Line
2 Fonts of your choice
A plain handwriting font and a script font.
A selection of Tubes
I used 8 - 1 main tube and 7 for the blend.
I am using the art of Joel Adams used with a license from CILM.
You can purchase a license to use his work from www.cdoestore.com
Ok we are ready to start.
REMEMBER TO SAVE OFTEN
Open the tubes you wish to use in PSP. Decide which one you want to be your main tube and minimize it.
Place the others so you can see them all and arrange them in colour groups.
Now we are going to make a gradient to match our tubes.
Set your Foreground to gradient. Click to open the properties box and click on Edit. Choose New, give it a name and press ok.
You should now have something similar to this
Click the left marker and click on the lightest colour from your tubes. On the right marker click the darkest colour from your tubes.
Click inbetween at regular intervals arranging the colours as you like them. See my example below.
Click on close. In the box that pops up, that asks if you want to save changes, click yes.
Set the angle to 0 and repeats to 0. Invert unchecked.
Open a new image 450 x 250. Flood fill with white.
Add a new layer and flood fill with your gradient.
Go to Effects - Tramages - Tow the Line with the settings shown below.
NOTE: Some people find they can't get Tow the Line to work in Tramages. If you have Filters Unlimited 2 you can import it into there and it should then work.
Lower the opacity of the gradient layer to 82.
Now we are going to add the tubes.
If you are using Joel's faerie tubes you may have to use your freehand selection tool to remove parts of the wings so they don't cover each others faces.
Copy and paste the tubes as new layers and resize and move until you are happy with them.
Hide the white layer and your gradient layer and merge all visible. Unhide all layers.
Lower the opacity on the merged tube layer until you are happy with it. I set mine to 36.
You can now close all the tubes APART from the one you want as your main tube.
Use your crop tool to crop your canvas (merged opaque). This gets rid of any excess tube area that went over your image. Your image should now look simliar to this.
Go to image canvas size 600 x 500.
Activate your white bottom layer. Selections - Select all - Float. Selections - Modify - Expand by 20.
Add a new raster layer and move this layer to the top.
Flood fill with your gradient changing the angle to 45.
Selection - Modify - Contract by 24. Hit delete on your keyboard.
Effects - 3D Effects - Inner Bevel with the settings shown below.
Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow with the settings shown below.
Repeat but change the Vertical & Horizontal to -3
Layers - Merge all visible.
Image resize 85%, Bicubic selected, all layer NOT checked.
Copy and paste your main tube as a new layer and resize as neccessary.
Add the following drop shadow.
And the atists copyright and your watermark.
Set your Foreground to a very dark colour from your tube and the background to your gradient - Linear - Angle: 45
Select your text tool with Stroke 1 - Bold selected - size depends on your font.
Use your plain handwriting font to type your phrase. I typed "They're all Mine!"
Position it at the bottom of the box and move it below your main tube layer.
Convert to raster layer and add the following Drop Shadow.
Colour : Black
Activate the top layer and change to your scripty font. Use the same settings as before but the size depends on your font.
Type your name and use your nodes to stretch and rotate slightly. Once you are happy with the positioning convert to raster layer and apply the same drop shadow we used on the other text.
Crop image - Merged Opaque.