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« on: January 27, 2012, 10:07:26 pm »



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This tut was written on January 27, 2012.
It is written using PSPX; I'm sure the same effects are available in other versions.

SUPPLIES
A tube; one that is taller than wide will work best.
I'm using the work of Olivia, formerly signed with CILM.
Unfortunately, she hasn't signed with another company as of this writing.
I'm sure you will find a suitable replacement...

No outside filters!

Font of choice (I used "Origins").

Set your background color to this light gray: #c0c0c0.  Set your foreground to a medium to dark color from your tube.


This tut shows how to make a forum set tag/avatar using no scrapkits and no templates.
Then, we will make a bigger tag from the forum set tag.


We'll start with your tube; we need to resize it.

Duplicate the tube by holding down Shift + D at the same time.
Repeat so two copies of the tube; then close down the original tube.

On one of the copies, Image - Resize to 400 pixels high.
Make sure that the Lock Aspect Ratio box is checked.

Adjust - Sharpness - Sharpen.


On the other copy of the tube, Image - Resize to 300 pixels high.
Adjust - Sharpness - Sharpen.

Set both of the tubes aside for a bit.


Open a new image, 200px wide x 150px high.

Selections - Modify - Select Selections Border using Inside, 2, Anti-alias unchecked.

Floodfill the selection with the gray background color.

Selections - Select None.


Image - Canvas Size; we are going to add a space of 25 to all four sides.
To do that, add 50 to both of the original dimensions.
Add 50 to each of the number in the Original Dimensions box and put the new numbers in the New Dimensions box.
Make sure the centered button is pushed in the lower left corner of the window.
If you do it correctly, all four box in the lower right corner of the window will say 25.

The image will now be 250x200.


Repeat the same 2px Selection border.

Image - Canvas Size by another 50 pixels.

The image will now be 300x250.

This layer will be referred to as the top frame layer.


Add a new layer; floodfill with white.

Add a new layer; floodfill with your chosen color.


Image - Canvas Size - this time by 100 pixels.

The image will now be 400x350.


Hide the bottom two layers for now.

Highlight the top frame layer.

Duplicate the top frame layer three times (for a total of four).
Hide the top frame layer for now.


Highlight the middle copy.

Effects - Reflection Effects - Rotating Mirror using the following setting:



Duplicate this layer; then Image - Flip and Image - Mirror.

Layers - Merge - Merge Down.


Duplicate this merged layer, then Image - Flip one more time.

Unhide the top copy.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

This layer will be called the merged frame layer.
Hide it for now.

You have four layers, from the bottom:
The white layer.
The color layer.
The merged frame layer.
The top frame layer.


Unhide the white layer.

Using the magic wand, click anywhere on the white.

Image - Crop to Selection.


Add both of the set-aside tubes on separate layers.

Image - Canvas Size to 600x250; click on the center left button in the lower left corner.
If you do it correctly, the numbers in the boxes in the lower right corner will read 0, 0, 0, 300.


Unhide both the white layer and the color layer; leave the other layers hidden.

Highlight the color layer; Image - Mirror.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Hide both of these layers for now.


Unhide the merged frame layer; duplicate it.

Image - Mirror; Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Hide this layer.


Unhide the top frame layer; duplicate it.

Image - Mirror; Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Hide this layer.


Highlight one of the tube layers.

Image - Mirror.

Adjust - Hue & Saturation - Colorize; both boxes set to 0.

Hide both tube layers for now.

All layers should be hidden.


Unhide the merged frame layer and the top frame layer.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Unhide the bottom two color layers.

Highlight the frame layer you just merged.

You can see that the tag could be cut equally in half.
One half with the merged layer over a color layer; the other half with the merged layer over a white.

Using the Magic Wand (set to Add (Shift)), click in the spaces shown by the red "X"s on both halves:
(In my testing, the merged frame layers always looked the same; I can't, however, be sure that it always will).
This sample is shown in black & white for ease of demonstration.

You will click 16 times, total.



Selections - Modify - Expand by 1.


Highlight the top color layer.

DELETE.

Selections - Select None.


Hide the merged frame layer for now.

Highlight the top color layer; Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Adjust - Add/Remove Noise - Add Noise using Uniform, 45, Monochrome checked.

Hide the color layer for now.


Highlight the top frame layer.

Using your Magic Wand, click in the center of this layer in both halves.

Selections - Modify - Expand by 1.

Add a new layer; floodfill with white.

Selections - Select None.


Duplicate the white layer.

On the top white layer, Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds using the following setting:
(Change the color in the box to match your chosen color.)



Repeat the Blinds effect; click the box in front of Horizontal.

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance.

Change the opacity of this layer to 50.

Layers - Merge - Merge Down.

Move this layer below the merged frame layer.

Highlight the frame layer (not the merged frame layer.)

You may DELETED this layer.


There should be five layers, starting from the bottom:
The color layer with the Noise Effect.
The layer with the Blinds Effect you just created.
The merged frame layer.
The two tube layers.

Highlight the merged frame layer.
Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow using 0, 0, 100, 5, black.


Move the tubes into their final positions.

Add the following to both tubes:
Effects - 3D Effects - Drop Shadow set to 0, 10, 100, 20, black.


Add a new layer; add a 2px Selection border using your chosen color.

Add your name and all necessary copyright information.

Save as a .png file.


Now to make the avatar and bigger tag:

Make two copies of your finished tag (Shift + D, twice).

On one of the copies, remove the top border and both tube layers.

Crop to 150x150.

Add a new layer; add a 2px Selection border using your dark color.

Add your name (or initial); add copyright information if necessary.

Save as a .png file.


For the bigger tag:

Using the other copy of your tag; remove the top border and both tube layers.

Layers - Merge - Merge Visible.

Add a new layer; floodfill it with white.

Layers - Arrange - Send to Bottom.

Image - Rotate Left (not Free Rotate).


Image - Canvas Size to 700x450

Image - Resize using 80%; the Resize All Layers box should be UNCHECKED.


Highlight the white layer.

Adjust - Blur - Gaussian Blur using a radius of 20.

Duplicate the white layer; highlight the top white layer.

Repeat the Blind Effect you used on the forum set tag:

On the top white layer, Effects - Texture Effects - Blinds using the following setting:
(Change the color in the box to match your chosen color.)



Repeat the Blinds effect; click the box in front of Horizontal.

Effects - Edge Effects - Enhance.

Change the opacity of this layer to 50.

There is no need to merge together.


Image - Resize using 80%; the Resize All Layers box should be CHECKED.


Add your 400px tube, moving into position.

Add the same drop shadow you used earlier; add this both to the merged layer from the forum set tag and the tube.

Add your name and any necessary copyright information.

Save as a .png file.






Here is another example, also using the work of Olivia:









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