This tutorial was written by me on May 24th, 2011 and is the result of my own ideas. Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidental and unintentional.
PSP Version used: X2, but should work in other versions.
This tutorial assumes you have a good working knowledge of PSP.
Close-up tube of choice: I used the gorgeous artwork of Steve Baier with a valid license. This is one of his new tubes and is a tribute to the beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. I fell in love with this tube the minute I saw it and just had to create something with it! You can purchase it from Up Your Art. The new website will be opening soon, keep checking!!
My template: You'll find the download link in this post.
Plug-ins needed: Eye Candy 4000 (or equivalent)
This tutorial also uses effects that are included with PSP.
Font of choice: I used Aphrodite Slim Pro, a pay font.
~~ Remember to save often! ~~
Open my template in PSP, duplicate and close the original. Delete the TOU layer.
Activate the circle layer, select all, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer.
Pick two colours from the tube for your foreground and background. For the foreground colour, I used #4b8884 and for the background colour I used #3c5269. Change the foreground to gradient with these settings: Gradient: Radial, Angle: 45, Repeats: 5, Invert checked. Flood fill the selection with this gradient. Delete the original circle layer. Do not deselect.
Effects > Texture Effects > Blinds: Width 3, Opacity 50, Horizontal and Light from left/top both checked. Colour: #32455a
Effects > Eye Candy 4000 > Water Drops: Under the settings tab, select "Little Round Drops" and apply using the default settings.
Effects > Edge Effects > Enhance
Copy and paste the tube as a new layer and arrange within the selection. Invert the selection and tap delete to remove the excess. Deselect. Apply a drop shadow of choice, I used H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 12 then H&V 3, Opacity 25, Blur 20.
Activate the large rectangle layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and delete the original layer. Leave the FG and BG colours the same, but change the gradient settings to: Gradient: Linear, Angle: 45, Repeats: 5, Invert unchecked. Flood fill the selection with this gradient. Apply a gaussian blur with a radius of 15. Do not deselect.
Apply the Blinds effect again, but this time uncheck the box beside Horizontal. Edge Effects > Enhance.
Duplicate your tube and resize 75%, then 85%. Move this layer above the large rectangle and arrange on the far right side as seen on my tag. Change the blend mode to Soft Light. Invert the selection and tap delete, deselect. Duplicate and mirror.
Activate the top rectangle layer. Select all, float, defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #3c5269. Deselect and delete the original layer.
Activate the bottom rectangle layer. Follow the instructions above, this time using #4b8884.
Activate the circle frame layer. Select all, float and defloat. Add a new raster layer and flood fill with #3c5269. Apply an Inner Bevel using these settings:
Effects > Eye Candy 4000 > Glass. Choose "Clear Glass" from the Settings menu and click OK.
Apply a drop shadow of choice to all template layers, I used: H&V 0, Opacity 50, Blur 12.
Activate the masked layer. Change your foreground colour to #7b97a3. Select the "Change To Target" brush, and use these settings:
Size: 999, Hardness: 50, Step: 10, Density: 100, Thickness: 100, Rotation: 0, Opacity: 100, Mode: Color
The "Change To Target brush is found here:
Place your cursor in the centre of your tag and left click to change the colour of the mask.
Resize your tag as desired. Add your name and all applicable copyright and license information. Save as a png or jpeg and you're finished!
Thanks for trying my tutorial, I'd love to see your results! Email me. :-)