This tutorial was created January 19, 2006.
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This tutorial was written using PSP10, but can be done in version 8 and 9.

I have included lots of instructions and screen shots with the hope that anyone can do this tutorial. I have most of my favorite effects on a tool bar but have included the path to each effect so it will be easy to find them if you are new to PSP. If you are more advanced, feel free to move ahead at your own pace ! Sorry, I do not offer help with Version 7 any longer. I hope you enjoy doing this tutorial!

This tutorial is only a guide, please feel free to use any tube, font or brushes you like.
If you'd like to see what my testers did (and I promise you do! lol!) I have a page here.

~ You will need ~

Paint Shop Pro 10, a 30 day trial can be downloaded here.

The tube used for this tutorial is the artwork of Martin Abel and was purchased from CILM here.

Filters used
Greg's Factory Output Vol. 2 / Pool Shadow
hosted by State of Entropy. (great tutorials there)
They are listed near the bottom of the page.

Penta ~ Garbage Collection
When you click on the link a "Language Pack Installation" window will appear, just click on cancel.
These are great filters and they are free so I suggest you get them. The Garbage Collection filters are the 12th filter listed.

The mask, brushes and selection file here.

Thanks to Aerosmith for the lyrics and inspiration!

Extract the mask "gh_dotsandboxes.jpg" to My PSP Files / Masks.

"Import" the 3 brushes "shesgotaguntext.PspBrush", "gh_swirly_011.PspBrush" and "gh_texture14.PspBrush" in PSP.
If you need instructions on how to import brushes I have a tutorial here.

For the selection file "shesgotagun#1_gh. PspSelection" make a new folder named "She's got a gun" in My PSP Files / Selections and extract the selection to that folder. In PSP you will have to go to File / Preferences / File Locations / Selections and click on "Add" to browse to the location of the new folder.

Font used Hammer Keys
Unzip the font, open and minimize it on your desktop.

Let's get started ...

File / New / Width 600 X Height 450 / Raster Background / Color / Black

Go to Layers / New Raster Layer / name it Gradient.
In your Materials Palette Foreground color #000000 and Background color #c0c0c0c
Change your Foreground color to Gradient

and use these settings ...
#1 Foreground-Background / Angle 315 / Repeats 0 / Invert Checked / Style Linear.

Flood fill your image with the gradient.

Effects / Plugins / Greg's Factory Output Vol. II / Pool Shadow.
Use the default settings (50) but change the Intensity and Lightness to 70.
Effects / Plugins / Penta / Jeans Amount 20, Border width 6.

Layers / New Raster Layer / name it brush 1. Click on your Paint brush then look in your Brush preview window in the Tool Options Palette.

Find gh_swirly_011, change the size to 300 and use your foreground gradient to apply the brush to your image.

I used the co-ordinates x:193 and y:294 on the status bar.

Go to Effects / 3D Effects / Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical -2, Horizontal 3, Opacity 60, blur 5, Color black.

4. Go to Layers / New Raster Layer / name it mask.

In your Materials Palette change the Angle of your Foreground Gradient to 135 and flood fill your image.

Go to Layers / Load/Save Mask / Load Mask from Disk.

Look in the Mask preview window at the top left and find "gh_dotsandboxes".
"Invert Transparency" unchecked , check "Source luminance", "Fit to Layer" and "Show all mask". Click on Load.

In your Layer Palette right click on the Group-Mask layer and go to Merge / Merge Group.

Go to Image / Resize / Width and Height 80 Percent and uncheck "Resize all layers".

Go to Adjust / Sharpness / Sharpen. Repeat. If you are using lighter colors for your gradient you may have to Sharpen only once.

Go to Effects / 3D Effects / Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical and Horizontal 3, Opacity 100, blur 5, Color black.
Again, if you are using lighter colors for your gradient you may want to use a lower opacity for your shadow.

Go to Effects / Plugins / Greg's Factory Output Vol. 2 / Pool Shadow, use the
default settings again but change the Intensity to 255 and the Lightness to 140.
Lower the opacity of this layer to 80

Here's what you should have so far ..

Go to Layers / New Raster Layer / name it selection.

Go to Selections / Load/Save Selection / Load Selection from Disk.

In the Selection preview window find "shesgotagun#1_gh".
Check "Source luminance" and "Replace selection" and click on Load.

Now click on your paintbrush and find "gh_texture14". Change the brush size to 365.
Change your Foreground back to Color, that will make it black and click on your image to appy the brush.
You can use any or as many brushes you like for this step, have fun!
Selections / Select None.

Open your tube. Edit / Copy.
Then go back to your tag image and go to Edit / Paste as New Layer.
If you are using the same tube I am I resized it by 80%.
With your Mover tool move the tube to the bottom right corner.
Go to Effects / 3D Effects / Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical -1, Horizontal -5, Opacity 80, Blur 5, Color Black.

Click on your Text tool and use these settings .. (don't forget to change the Kerning to -50.)

Switch your Foreground and Background colors and turn your Foreground color off.

Click on your image to apply the text and place it like below ..
Go to Effects / 3D Effects / Drop Shadow and use these settings ..
Vertical and Horizontal 2, Opacity 30, Blur 3, Color black.

Go to Layers / New Raster Layer / name it brush 2.
Click on your Paint Brush and look in your brush preview window for "gh_shesgotaguntext".
The size will be 136 and it's already rotated for you.
Right click (that will use your black Background color) on your image along the left border of the boxes to apply the brush.
I nthe layer palette pull this layer below the tube layer.
Here's what you should have now ..

Click on the top layer of your layer palette. Go to Layers / New Raster Layer / name it border.
Flood fill the image with black.
Go to Selections / Select All.
Selections / Modify / Contract / 8 pixels.
Edit / Cut
Selections/ Select none.
Save a copy of your tag in .psp format so you can use it again with all the layers intact.
Add a new raster layer for your watermark, save your tag as a .jpg and you are done!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and I would be delighted if you would take a moment to sign
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