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Monday, November 22, 2010

This tut was done in PSP 8 but can be done in other versions with minor modifications.

I used the beautiful artwork of Stacey Sharp, you may not use her artwork without a license.

Supplies needed:
Tube of your choice
Grid tube from Dozi here (It's the 1st kit on the page)
2 contrasting papers of choice
Brush of choice
Ribbon Tube here
Coconut Ice SBP preset here

Open a new 500 x 500 transparent workspace. Remember to rename your layers as you go. This tut has many layers and it'll help keep them straight.

Open the tubes, papers and your main tube. Shift D to make duplicates on all tubes and papers, close all originals.

Select the silver grid tube, it's layer 1. Copy and paste as a new layer on your workspace. Resize down to 39%, all layers unchecked. 

Activate your raster 1 layer. Select one of your papers. Resize if needed till it's slightly larger as your canvas. Copy and paste as a new layer. This layer should be under your grid.

Select your 2nd paper and copy. Activate the grid layer, Select all. Selections, float, defloat. Paste your paper into selection. Keep selected. Effects, Plugins, Flaming Pear, Super Blade Pro. Apply M_Coconutice preset. Deselect. Effects, Drop Shadow, HV 0, O 50, B 5.00, Color Black.

Select your main tube, resize as needed. Copy and paste as a new layer on top of your grid. Use the mover tool to move it to where you like it. Duplicate tube. Hide the duplicate and activate the original.

Adjust, Blur, Gaussian Blur, Radius of 10. Then go to Effects, Texture Effects, Mosaic Antique. Use the settings below.


Move this layer below the grid layer. Activate your top layer, should be the unaltered tube. Give it a drop shadow. V -2, H 2, O 50, B 10.

Select ribbon tube. Adjust, Hue and Saturation, Colorize as needed to match your tube. For the blue that I have in my tag, my settings are:


Resize 28%. Paste the ribbon as a new layer on your workspace. Move it into position so it's over part of the grid like below.


Duplicate the ribbon and carefully line up with the other segment so it goes all the way from one side to the next. It helps to zoom in when you're aligning the ribbon. If part of the section goes off the edge of the workspace, that's ok.

Hide all layers except the ribbon layer(s). Merge visible.

Duplicate your ribbon layer. Image, Flip. Use your mover tool, to align it up with the top part of the grid, so it matches the bottom. 

Duplicate this layer. Image, Rotate, Free Rotate 90 to the left. Move it over to the right side of the grid. Drag this layer under the top ribbon layer. Duplicate and mirror. You should now have a 4th ribbon on the left side. Move it into position. Everything should be lined up like this. The 2 horizontal ribbons, should be on top of the 2 vertical ribbons.


Activate your main tube layer. Arrange, Bring to top. Hide this layer and all the other layers EXCEPT the 4 ribbon layers. Activate one of your ribbon layers and merge visible. Unhide all layers except the top layer. Make sure your ribbon layer stays selected.

Now here's where it's going to get tricky. Lower the opacity on the ribbon layer to 50. Click on the Erase tool. Size 2. Starting at one corner, zoom in about 1000% so you can see what you're doing. Erase the ribbon going over every other rib of the grid. Work your way around the grid as you go. When you're done, zoom back out to 100% and return the opacity on the ribbon to 100. The ribbon will now appear to be woven in and out of the grid. Give the ribbon a drop shadow. HV 0, O 80, B 2.


Unhide your top layer. Add a new raster layer. Click on your Brush tool and find your brush. Select a foreground color from your tube. Apply your brush where you want it to go. Move this layer below your tube layer.

Add any other embellishments that you wish. Click on your text tool and select your font. I used Hurricane Swash. Size 65, but it might be different for you depending on your font and size of your name. Select your foreground and background colors from your tube. Type in your name and click Apply. Move into position and convert to raster. Select all, Selections Float, Defloat. Apply the same SuperBladePro preset you used for the grid. Deselect. Give it a drop shadow. HV 2, O 50, B 8.

Activate the top layer. Add your copyright information and your watermark.

Add a new raster layer. Select all. Selection, Modify, Contract by 5. Selections, Invert. Copy the paper you used for your background and paste into selection. Apply the same SuperBladePro preset as before. Apply the same drop shadow you used for the grid. Deselect. Merge all and save as a jpg. Congrats you're done!


Tutorial ©Queina 2008. All rights reserved. Any simularities to any other tutorials is purely coincidental.

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