This Tutorial was written in March of 2011. Please do not remove this tutorial from Ladyhawwk Designs in any way. This tutorial is copyrighted to Ladyhawwk Designs and registered with Tutorial Writers Inc.
For this tutorial you will need
* Tube of choice, I am using the work of Jay Trembly. It is a PTU Tube which you can purchase from Up Your Art HERE
* Plug In - Alien Skin Eye Candy 4000which you can download a free trial HERE (If you don't already have it)
Supplies * Mask * Wordart *Mesh Wire Download HERE
*Please Note: The mask and wordart that I've included I've searched for the creators of and cannot locate them any longer. The Wordart I've left the filename intact and if anyone knows who created the wodart please contact me and I'll link to their site. The mask was just titled "Image 3" so therefore no name and way of finding the creator. If anyone knows the creator again please let me know and I'll link to their site.
Install Eyecandy 4000 PlugIn into your Plug Ins Folder THEN open PSP Open up the wordart and mask in PSP and minimize
1. Open a new canvas 600 x 600 black background
2. "Layers", "New Raster Layer" and flood fill it with color#e46278
3. "Layers", "New Mask Layer", "From Image" When the settings box pops up arrow down and find your "image 3" (which is your mask) (see my print screen below for the settings to use)
4. On your layers palette right click on your mask layer and "merge group"
5. On your mask layer go up to "Effects", "Texture Effects", "Texture" and choose "squares" and use the settings I have shown in the print screen below.
6. On your layer palette right click on your mask layer and "merge down" merging your mask layer with your bottom black layer.
7. On your layers palette set your "Background and fill properties" box to the color black and your "Foreground and Strokes proeprties" box to a color of your choice. I choose color #e46278. With your prest shape tool (which is down along your left side tool bar) choose "rectangle" . See my 2 print screens below for where to find your preset shape tool if you don't know where it is and the settings I used
You can find the settings once you've activated your preset shapes tool along the top
Now I want you to draw a box starting about 1/4 down along the back of your "box" (see my print screen below for where i've placed mine)
8. On your layer palette right click on your preset square layer and "convert to raster layer".
9. Take your magic wand tool and click inside the box until you have marching ants The best settings I found to do this with are as follows; (see print screen below) Mode: Add(shift), Match mode: RGB Value, Tolerance: 102, Contiguous checked, Feather: 0, Anti-alias checked, Inside
10. Open the rusty chicken wire from your supplies folder in psp and "edit - copy" then back to your main canvas and "edit - paste as new layer". Go up to "selections - invert" then hit your delete key on your keyboard. On your layer palette change the "blend mode" to "hard light". Up to "Selections", then "Select None". On your layer palette right click on your wire layer and "merge down" merging your wire layer with your box layer. (see print screen below for what mine looks like now)
10. Now it's time to add your word art. You can use the template that was supplied and colorize your own or you can use mine that I already colorized which I included in the supplies folder. I've outlined below the way I always do my word art if you'd like to try that.
Here is a little trick for you when it comes to "colorizing" or adding your wordart to your tag as a different color other than black. What I do is I always export my wordart as a "custom brush" that way you can have it to use in the future and make it whatever color you'd like.
Here are the steps on how to do that; * first open the wordart and resize it down if you wish. * Go up to "File", "Export", "Custom Brush" * When the box pops up name it whatever you like and save. You can then close in psp your original wordart. * On your materials palette change the "foreground and strokes properties" box to a color of your choice. * Activate your brush tool and arrow down looking for your new wordart you just made * Add a new layer to your main canvas and add your new wordart. AND THAT'S IT You've now created a "custom brush" and you can make your wordart whatever color your wish. I also gave my wordart a drop shadow
(see my print screen below for what I have now)
11. Time to add your name. I used the font "Harting". Type out your name and give it a drop shadow of your choice. Move your name over to the left bottom side of your tag. Now we're going to make it look like your name is lying flat on the floor of the box. You do this by activating your "pick tool" on the left side bar menu (see my print screen below if you're not sure where to find it)
Once you activate your pick tool you will see a bounding box appear around your font.
Next I want you to hold down your "shift key" on your keyboard and holding down the left side of your mouse grab the top left small square box (node) and drag over slightly to the right. Next still holding down your shift key on your keyboard and holding down the left side of your mouse grab the top right small square box (node) and drag over slightly to the left See how your font now looks like it's lying down. You can play with this a bit until you get it the way you like.
12. Next it's time to add the "fire" to our black box.
* On your layer palette right click on your black centre box and "duplicate" then duplicate it again so you'll have a total of 3 of your box layers. * Click on your bottom box layer and go up to "Effects - PlugIns-Eyecandy 4000-Fire" and use the settings shown below in the print screens
* on your layer palette click on your middle black box layer and apply the same eye candy settings except hit the Random Seed Button once. * on your layer palette click on your top black box layer and apply the same eye candy settings except hit the Random Seed Button once.
Close off your top and middle black box layers by clicking on the eye to to the left of each layer on your layers palette (you should see a red cicle with a line through it)
11. Now it's time to add your tube. I used the close up of my tube and "edit - copy" then "edit - paste as a new layer" on to my canvas and reduced the size to 80% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "80%" all layers UNCHECKED. Move the tube up to the left hand side of your box so she looks like she's crawling into the box. (see my print screen below for how I've placed mine)
13. We're going to add a border around it now. First click on your very bottom layer on your layer palette to make it active.
14. Up to "Selections - select all", "Selections - Modify-Select Selection Borders" and use the settings shown in the print screen below
15. "Layers", "New Raster Layer" and fill it with a color of choice I used the same color we've used previously.
16. Up to "Effects-Art Media Effects-Brush Stroke" using the setting shown in the print screen below
17.Go up to your EyeCandy 4 - Fire filter and use the same settings for the color tab but change the settings on the basic tab to the settings shown in the print screen below.
18. "Selections", "Select None" and give it a drop shadow of your choice.
19. Reduce size to 85% by going to "Image" , "Resize" "85%" all layers CHECKED.
20. Add the artist's copyright information to your tag.
NOW IT'S TIME TO ANIMATE YOUR TAG
21. Go up to "edit - copy special - copy merged"
22. Got to Animation shop and "paste as a new image"
23. Go back to PSP hide your "Bottom Box Layer" by clicking on the eye. Go to your "Middle Box Layer" click on it and unhide it by clicking on the eye then "edit - copy special - copy merged"
24. Go back to Animation Shop and "Edit, Paste after current frame"
25. Go back to PSP hide your "middle box layer" by clicking on the eye. Go to your "Top Box Layer" click on it and unhide it by clicking on the eye then "edit - copy special - copy merged"
26. Go back to Animation Shop and "Edit, Paste after current frame"
(you should now have 3 frames in animation shop. See my print screen below for what i have now)
27. Go up to "edit - select all" then to "Animation - Properties" and change the "display time to 15"
28. You can now save your tag and ....
You're ALL DONE
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and as always I love to see your results and would love even more to post them on my website on the "Tutorials Results" page. Just go to my "contact me" page and send me a message. ~Ladyhawwk~