Latex Love

What you need:

Tube-I’m using the art of Redfill. You can purchase the tube I used here.

Texture-I’m using this texture.

Animation-The one I’m using is of my own creation and you can download it here.

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600×225. Name the image tag.

Flood fill with a color from your tube. Open your texture. Copy and paste it above the flood filled layer. Set the blend mode to Screen. Then duplicate the texure and move it a bit so that you have more of the bokeh covering.

Merge all those layers together. Copy and paste your tube above the background and name the layer “Tube”. Create a new layer above the tube layer and name it “border”.

Select all, modify border and set it to 10px. Flood fill with black. Make sure you do this a couple of times to get a nice solid border. Deselect. Open the layer style window for the border layer. Drop the blend opacity down to 50% and add a 2px stroke in black.

Copy and paste your tube again over the background layer. If you have a close up layer, use that one. Do this a few times until your background is covered. Merge those layers together. Set the blend mode to Screen and merge with the background.

Above the background layer using your rectangle tool, draw out a long rectangle. It needs to be big enough to be rotated and fit across the tag. Use a contrasting color from your tube when you do this.

Rotate that rectangle 45 degrees. After you are happy with the stripe, rasterize layer. Holding Ctrl, click the border layer. On your rectangle layer, hit delete. Copy and paste your texture above the rectangle. Create a clipping mask with the texture and the rectangle. Set the texture layer to Overlay. Merge the two together.

Copy and paste your tube above the rectangle. Do it a few times so that it’s filled. Merge those tube layers together. Set the blend mode to Luminosity. Create a clpping mask and merge it down to the rectangle layer.

Open the layer style window and add a inner shadow with these settings:

 

 

Now add an inner stroke of 2px in black. Duplicate the layer and in the style window, change the angle of the shadow to -45 degrees and set the blend opacity to 0%. Merge these layers together.

Above the background layer, using a pixel font of choice in white, type out a few words. It can be a couple of words or a saying. Duplicate this and make it fill the area both horizontally and vertically. Don’t let it go into the border area. If this happens, hit Ctrl on the border area and just hit delete. If you have Muras Meister Copies, feel free to use that. Rasterize text.

At this point, we should add our copyright information. (do this above the border layer)

Add your name using whatever font you wish and style it how you want.

Above your pixel font layer, draw out a rectangle in your contrasting color. Make sure it’s big enough to be rotated and fit across the tag. Rasterize the rectangle and position it in the drop left corner of the tag. Duplicate the rectangle and move it to the bottom right of the tag.

On each rectangle layer, apply a gaussian blur of 20. Duplicate the layer and then merge it down. Apply a gaussian blur of 30, duplicate and then merge down.

Once you do that, create a clipping mask with both rectangles and the pixel font. In your animation window, create 3 frames. Leave the first frame how it is. In the second frame, move the rectangles towards the middle stripe, so that only a bit of the color is showing. Leave the third frame alone.

Now, on your first frame, tween with the next frame and add 10 frames. Now on frame 12, do the same again.

Open the animation I supplied. Select all layers and group them. Duplicate the group, but select the tag from the drop down menu instead. Move the animation group above the middle stripe.

Holding Ctrl, select the middle stripe. Invert the selection. On each layer of the grouped animation, hit delete to remove the excess hanging off the middle stripe. Make sure your layers are open so you can delete.

Set the blend mode of the animation to Overlay.

In your animation window, start at frame 1 and make sure only layer 1 is open in your animation group. Do this for all the frames with the layer number that matches. So for Frame 3, make sure only Layer 3 is visible.

Set the display to .1 seconds and save for Web and Devices. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Textured

What you need:

Tube-I’m using the art of Amy Matthews. You can purchase her art at CDO.

Texture-I’m using one I created myself. You can download it here. You are welcome to use any texture you want. deviantart has tons to choose from. 😉

Font-I am using the font Caramel Crunch. Sadly, it is a PTU font so I can’t supply it. You can use any scripty font you wish.

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.

 

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600×225.

Using two colors from your tube, create a gradient and fill the image with that gradient set to liner. Just drag the line upwards.

Open the texture. Copy and paste into the image. Set the blend mode to Luminosity. Merge the texture layer with the gradient.

Copy and paste your tube above your background layer. Position in the middle of the image. Create a new layer above your tube layer. Select all, modify border of 5 px, and flood fill it with a solid color. It doesn’t matter which one you pick, we are going to change it in the layer style.

In your layer style, go to the gradient overlay and select the same gradient you used as the background. Set it to a 90 degree angle and as reflected. Leave it set to normal blend mode.

In your stroke options, set it to 2px, with a black and white gradient. In your gradient options for the stroke, set it to shape burst.

Now, you have yourself a nice border. Above your background layer, take your rectangle tool and create rectangle to the right of the tube. You can use any color you want. I’m using one from my tube. Use my tag as an idea of size. Duplicate and move to the other side of the tube.

Merge the shape layers into one. Open your tube and copy and paste it above those rectangles. Position the tube inside of them. I flipped one horizontally and left one the way it was, just for some fun. Merge the tube layers together. Create a clipping mask with the shape layer and tube layer. You can do this by holding alt between the layers and clicking with your mouse. Set the blend mode of the tube to luminosity and then merge those layers together.

Apply the texturize filter with the following settings. You can find the filter under your texture filters that come default with PS.

 

Apply the same stroke from your border to your shape layer. You can also add a drop shadow of your choice.

Now, copy and paste your tube again above the background layer. I used a close up. Move it so that it is between the shape and your border. Duplicate and move to the other side. Merge those layers together and drop the opacity down to 50%.

Above that layer, using your rectangle tool, draw out a long rectangle similar to the ones we made earlier, except make it a different color. Position it in the middle. Apply a guassian blur of 20 to the shape. Duplicate and merge down. Apply the same blur again. Name that layer “animation”.

Now, set the blend mode to color burn (or anything that looks pretty cool. Position the animation layer to the left of the image, so that it is showing under our close up layer.

Before we animate, add your copyright information and name. For the font, use the the same effects you used for your border. Just right click on the border layer hit “Copy layer style”. Then on your name layer, hit “paste layer style”.

 

If you do not want to animate, duplicate the animation layer and drag it to the opposite of the tag and save as a .jpg. If you want to animate, let’s keep going!

 

Now! Let’s animate. 😀

 

Create two frames in your animation window. In the first frame, make sure your animation layer is over on the left side of your tag. In the second frame, drag that layer all the way to the other side, so that it is on the right side of your tag.

Go back to your first layer and hit the tween button. Tween with the next frame and add 5 frames. You should now have 7 frames.

Select all the frames. Hit the duplicate frame button. You should now have 14 frames and the second half of them selected. In the flyout window to the right of the animation window, hit reverse frames. Set the display to .1 seconds.

Save for web and devices!

 

Enjoy!

 

Sexy Girl

What you need:

Tube-I’m using the art of Danny Drake. The tube I’m using is the June bonus, but he has plenty of others that would work just fine. You can find his art at CDO.

Font-I’m using Velvenda Cooler. You can find it here.

Filters-I’m using Muras Tone and Penta Jeans. You can find the Penta filter here and the Mura filter here.

Texture/Animation-Both of which are my creation. You can download them together here:

https://www.box.com/s/342c529c9e3007fc19e7

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial will use the pen tool. I used CS5 in my creation.

 

 

Open a new image with the demensions of 600×225. Fill with a gradiant or color of choice. I’m going to go with a gradiant personally.

Open your texture, copy and paste above the gradient/color. Set the blend mode to luminosity and merge those together.

Open your tube, copy and paste into the image above your background. Position toward the right of the tag. To brighten my tube up a bit. I duplicated it and set the top layer to screen and dropped the opacity to 80%. That is totally optional.

Create a new layer above your tube layer. Select all, modify a border of 8px, and flood fill with black, or a color of your choice. Click it a few times so you have a nice clean line.

In the style window for your border, apply a stroke of 2px, set on a black and white gradient. Set the gradient to shape burst. I applied a gradient over my border as well. That is optional.

Now, above your background layer, paste the close up of your tube. Do it a few times, positioning and flipping them so that the whole thing is covered. Merge all the close up layers together. Set the blend mode to Soft Light and merge down with the background.

 

Here comes the part that will be tricky for some people. Create a new layer above the background. Using your pen tool, place your anchors on each side of the tag it doesn’t matter if they are straight across, just make sure they are around the border area. Now, click in the middle of the line. You should have a new point you made.

Holding Ctrl, drag that middle point down a bit. It should arch a bit. if you want to add another point, do that and move it the other direction (up). You’ve just made yourself a nice curved line. The pen tool takes a bit of getting used to, so don’t get too discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. There is an undo button for a reason 😉

Now that we have this nifty line, we have to make it an actual line! Go to your brush settings. Set it to a nice round brush at 5px. Set the forground to a color that works with your tag. Now, go back to your pen tool. Right click on the line you made and click “stroke path”. In the pop up box, make sure the brush tool is showing and hit ok. Now you have a line!

Do not delete that path yet! We need it for the next part.

Now, grab your text tool, and pick a nice solid font (I’m using Velvenda Cooler). Click in the middle, on that path you made with the pen tool. Now, type out some words. Keep doing it until you filled the line. It should follow along the path you made. Once you get that done, nudge the words up a bit so they are above that line. You can do this with the move tool activated and just hit your up arrow a few times. Once that is done, your path should be gone. If it’s not, go to your pen tool, right click on it, and hit “delete path”.

In the layer style options for your text, apply a gradient that matches your tag. I used the same one as in my border. Apply a stroke of 1px in white. Then go back to the layer itself and drop the opacity down to 60%.

 

Above your background layer, create another new layer. Close off your tube, background, and text layers. Leave the line you made and your border open. Using your magic wand tool, click inside the bottom part of your tag. Modify and expand by 3px. With that area still selected, apply Muras Tone filter on the basic settings. Just change the foreground color to white. Set the blend mode to overlay. Keep the selection activated for the next step.

Close off the tone layer you just made. Duplicate the background layer. On the duplicated layer, hit delete, removing the area that is selected. Make sure the blend mode is set to normal. Deselect.

Now, on the duplicated background layer, apply Penta Jeans with the following settings:

Amount: 21

Border Width: 4

Go back to your line in the middle. Copy layer style from the text and paste on the line layer. Bring the opacity of that line back up to 100%. Top copy and paste the layer style, right click on the layer you want to copy and click “Copy layer style” on the layer you want to transfer the style to, right click and hit “Paste layer style”.

Now! Add your copyright information and name. For my name, I used the same style from the line. Just copy and paste the layer style like you did before. 😀

Once you have that done, you can either go on to animate or just save as a .jpg.

 

To animate! Select the layers from your copyright information down to your duplicated background layer. Hit Ctrl+G to group them.

Open your animation. Select all layers, group like you did on the other layers. Duplicate the group, but choose your tag from the drop down menu instead. Make sure your group is above the background in the tag. Set the blend mode to overlay and drop the opacity of the group down to 75%.

Stretch out the animation so it fills the tag area. Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, we just want the edges hidden.

In your animation window, set the first frame to .15 seconds. Duplicate until you have 25 frames.

Once you have that done, open the group with your animation layers. In frame 1, make sure only frame 1 layer is showing. In Frame 2, only frame 2 showing. Do this for every frame and layer.

Once you are done, save for web and devices and enjoy!

 

 

Warped

 

What you need:

Tube. I’m using the art of Ed Mironiuk. You can find his art at CDO.

Kit. I’m using a FTU kit that can be found on the CDO Scrap Designer blog. You can find the download here.

Fonts. I’m using the font Flowerpot, which is a PTU font. You can use any font you want.

 

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial was written using CS5.

 

Open a new image with the demensions of 600×600.

Copy and paste your tube into the new image. Resize as needed. Name that layer “Tube”.

Open the frame from the kit. Resize by 60%. Copy and paste into the image. Position the layer under the tube layer. Duplicate the frame and set the blend mode of the duplicated to overlay. Merge the frame layers together.

Open paper3. Copy and paste into the tag. Move it below the frame layer. Close off the paper and tube layers. Using your magic wand tool, click inside the frame. Expand the selection by 5px. Invert the selection. Reopen the paper layer and hit delete. Deselect and reopen the other layers.

Open element10. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste above the paper layer. Position it so that the glitter is peeking out around the frame.

Open element2. Copy and paste under the paper layer. Position it so that it looks as if you have a mask under the frame.

Open element7. Copy and paste above the paper layer. Create a clipping mask with the element and the paper. You can do this by holding the alt key while hovering between the layers and then clicking. Position the element so that it looks as if the bottom is coming up from the frame. Use my tag as a guide.

Open element 14. Resize by 30%. Copy and paste above the frame layer. Position to the left of your tube.

Open element 15. Resize by 30%. Copy and paste above the last element. Position a bit to the left of that vase.

Open element 13. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste above the frame layer. Position go the right of the tube.

Open element 11. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste above the leaf layer. Rotate 90 degrees CW. Position above the leaves.

Holding Ctrl, click the thumbnail for the leaf layer. Using your eraser tool, erase bits and parts of the ribbon layer. Make it so that the ribbon is weaving between the leaves.

When you get it how you like, deselect. Now here comes the fun part!

 

We are going to create some shadows. Let’s go back to that clipping mask. On that swirly element, give it this shadow:

 

 

Now, copy that layer style and paste it in your frame layer, leaf layer, and tube layer.

Once you have that done, we are going to go back to the swirly element. With the layer effects showing in the layer tab, we are going to right click on it. You should get this menu:

 

 

 

Click the “Create Layer” button.

Now you should have two layers for that one element. Activate the drop shadow layer. Using the free transform button, drag the layer inwards so that it is popping out behind the element. When you get it to where you like it, apply the transformation and then drop the opacity down to about 60%.

On your frame layer, create a layer for your shadow like we just did. Drag the shadow layer down under the paper layer. That way it shadows that entire element. Free transform if you wish.

On the other layers with shadows, use the technique to those shadows. Doing each shadow differently will give more depth. Play around until you get it how you want.

You can add more shadows to the other elements if you wish.

Once you are done, go back to the tube layer.

In the layer style for the tube, create a gradient overlay with the basic black and white. Set the blend mode to overlay.Move the angle so that it seems as if the light is shining on the tube, creating the layer behind it. Drop the opacity down if you wish. Once you get it how you like, hit ok.

Crop down to a smaller size.

Add your copyright information and name. Add any effects to your font you want, I even did the shadow trick on mine 😉

 

Save as a png and enjoy!

 

 

 

Cracked

What you need:

Tube(s) of choice- I’m using the art of Anna Marine. You can find her art at CDO. The images I picked came from Package 31.

My supplies- You can download those here.

Animation (optional)- I’m using the Blood Gush animation from Lovey. You can download it here.

Fonts-I’m using Carpenter Script, but any font will work.

This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS5. I assume you have working knowledge of the program. This tutorial can be recreated in Paintshop Pro.

 

Open a new image with the demensions of 600×225.

Copy and paste the background image into the image. Name that layer “background”. Position however you want.

Now, open your foreground layer. Copy and paste that into the image above the background. Name that layer “foreground”.

Open your tube. Copy and paste above the foreground layer. Resize and position wherever you want.

Now, create a new layer above the tube layer. Select all and modify a border of 5px. Flood fill with black. Click the fill button a few times to make sure you have a nice straight line. Apply a stroke of 3px with a basic black and white gradient. Set the gradient to Shape Burst.

Close off all the layers except the background layer. Duplicate the background layer, set the blend mode to multiply. Merge down. Duplicate once again. On the duplicated layer, set the blend mode to Linear Burn. Merge those layers together.

Reopen the other layers. Recolor your foreground layer to a color that matches your tube, or just leave it be.

Open the glass from the supplies. Resize by 50%. Copy and paste above the foreground layer. Duplicate the glass once and merge down. Sharpen the glass layer.

Using your magic wand tool, click inside the hole in the glass. Modify, and expand by 1px.

On the foreground layer, hit delete. Deselect. On that same layer, apply this shadow:

 

After you do that, right click and make the shadow into it’s own layer. Using the free transform button, warp the shadow a little bit to give more depth.

Now, open up your close up or a second tube by the same artist. Copy and paste above the background layer. Resize and position so that it is peeking out through your glass. Set the blend mode to pin light. You may need to use a different blend mode depending on your tube choice. Play around with it.

At this point, add your copyright information and name as the top two layers.

For the name, I just used a nice scripty font and added a stroke and shadow. You can add any styles you want. 🙂

 

If you don’t want to animate, you can save as a .jpg here.

 

On to the animation!

Select the layers from your copyright down to the drop shadow for your foreground layer and hit Ctrl+G to group them. Group the bottom two layers in a separate group.

Open your animation. I am using the BloodGush animation. Delete the copyright layer. Select all layers. Hit Ctrl+G to group them. Duplicate group, but make sure you find your tag in the drop down menu.

Set the blend mode of the animation group to Overlay. Feel free to play around on the blend mode for the animation as well. 😀

 

Now, create 20 frames in your animation window. In Frame 1, make sure only the Frame 1 layer is showing. In Frame 2, make sure only the Frame 2 layer is showing. Continue this pattern for all the frames. Set the display for each frame at .1 seconds. Save for web and devices and enjoy!

 

 

Torn

What you need:

Tube- I’m using the art of Anna Marine. You can purchase her art here.

Filters- I’m using Xero Fritillery, Muras Copies, and Alienskin Lightning. If you don’t own Alienskin, you can find some lightning brushes on deviantart.

Overlay- You can download mine from here.

Fonts-I’m using LHF Mirage, which is a PTU font. You are free to use any font you wish.

I assume you have working knowledge of Photoshop. This tutorial will use alpha channels, so please make sure you are familar with them first. 

 

 

 

Open a new image with the demensions of 600×250. Copy and paste your tube into the image. Duplicate your tube.

On the bottom tube layer, apply Muras Meister Copies. Keep it on the default settings, but in the dropdown box, find Wallpaper(rotate) and choose that option. Click ok.

On that bottom layer, apply a motion blur set to an angle of -21 and a distance of 100. Do this a second time.Duplicate and set the duplicated layer to overlay. Merge down. Rename this layer to “background”

Open the checkered overlay. Recolor to a color from your tube. Copy and paste above the background. Set the blend mode to Hard Light. You may need to use a different blend depending on your colors.

Duplicate your background layer and drag it above the checkered layer. Set the blend mode to Multiply.

Now, create a new layer above your tube layer. Select all, modify a border of 5. Flood fill with black. Do it a few times to make sure you get a clean edge. Deselect.

Now, activate your background layer. Select all and copy.

Go to your channels tab. Create a new channel. Paste your background layer into that channel. Go adjust the levels and set it to this:

Now, holding Ctrl, click inside the thumbnail for that channel. Go back to your layers tab. On the checkered layer, hit delete. Do the same on the duplicated background layer (the top one). Deselect.

On the background layer, apply Xero-Fritillery on the following settings:

 

Above the background layer, create 3 new layers. In each of those layers, using Alien Skin-Lightning, create lightning strikes from 3 different angles/directions. If you don’t have that filter, feel free to use some brushes that you can find online.

I won’t tell you any settings for the lightning because each person has a different style. Play around until you get something you like.

Set the blend mode of your lightning to overlay.

 

Now, add your copyright information and your name.

 

Depending on where your levels are, you can always go back to your channel and repeat that trick on your name. If not, feel free to add any style you want.

I dropped the fill opacity of my text to 50% and added a black stroke in 2px.

 

Now, on to the animation! If you don’t want to animate, save as jpg.

 

In your animation window, create 6 frames. In the first frame, make sure the bottom lightning layer is showing. In the third frame, make sure the middle lightning is showing. In the fifth frame, make sure the top one is showing. The 2nd, 4th, and 6th frames should have no lightning.

Set the display to .2 seconds and save for web and devices!

 

Enjoy!

Here is another tag I used doing this tutorial 🙂

 

Sparkle

What you need:

Tube-I’m using the art of Anna Liwanag. You can purchase her art at CDO.

Filters-I will be using Mura Meister Copies and DSB Flux Bubbles.

Font- I used Miss Lee Gatees.

 

This tutorial was written using Photoshop CS5. I assume you have working knowledge of this program. This tutorial will use the brush tool and preset shapes. If you aren’t aware of how to use them, you can find a tutorial in the basics link at the top of the page.

 

Open a new image with the dimensions of 600×225. Copy and paste your tube into the image. Duplicate the tube. Close off the top tube layer.

On the bottom tube layer, apply Muras Copies with the following settings:

 

Now, on that bottom layer, apply a radial blur with the following settings:

 

Do this twice.

Reposition the bottom layer so that the middle of the circle is behind your other tube layer.

Duplicate the bottom tube layer. Apply DSB Bubbles with these settings:

 

Set the blend mode of the bubbles layer to overlay.

Create a new layer above the tube layer, select all and modify a border of 8px. Flood fill with a color from your tube. Make sure you hit the flood button a few times to get a straight edge.

Add a stroke of 1px in another color from your tube.

Now, create a new layer above your bottom layer, making sure it’s between the bubble layer and the background.

In your foreground, pick a color from the tube, I’m using the accent red from her lips. Go to your brush settings and use one of the basic brushes that come with Photoshop. Set it to 12 px and change the settings like this:

Using your brush, paint across the canvas on that empty layer you created. Do this a few times until you have some dots where you like them. Set the blend mode of your dots layer to overlay.

Now, use your preset shape tool. Set it on Polygon with 4 sides, then make it have these settings:

 

Draw out 6 stars with different rotations and locations. On a couple of them, resize them a bit by 90% or 80%. We just want them to be different sizes.

Rasterize all the shape layers and group them together. Hold shift with the star layers active and hit Ctrl+G to group them.

 

At this point, add your copyright information and name. Add dropshadows to your name and the tube if you wish.

If you do not want to animate, save as a jpg with all the star layers opened.

If you want to animate, close off all the star layers except one.

 

In your animation window, create 6 frames. In frame one, the first star should be showing, none of the others. In frame 2, only the second star, and none of the others. Do this for each frame.

Now, using the tween button, tween with the next frame and add 2 frames on the first frame.

Do this again on frame 4, 7, 10, and 13. On the last frame, apply the tween, but change it to the first frame, not the next one. You can find this in the dropdown menu. Set the display to .2 seconds.

Save for web and devices and enjoy!