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Friday, March 2, 2012



What you need:
Template. I'm using number 114 by Simone. You can find it here.
Tube. I'm using the art of Jose Cano. You can purchase his art here.
Filters. You will need DSB Flux-Electrosphere and MezzoForce-Ice. You can find both of them here.
Fonts of Choice.

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


Open the template. Delete the copyright information layer, and open your tube.
Copy and paste the tube above the Frame 1 layer.
Copy and paste the close up above the black layer. Duplicate and move around the tag. Continue to do this until you are satisfied with how the background looks.
When you have that done, merge those close up tube layers together. Set the blend mode to Luminosity. Duplicate the close up layer. On the duplicated layer, set the blend mode to soft light. Apply MezzoForce Ice on the default settings.
Now, merge the Zag layers together into one. Flood fill that layer with a color from your tube. Open your tube or close up, copy and paste it above the zag layer. You may have to do it twice and position them in the framed areas. Merge those tube layers into one.
Create a clipping mask with the tube layer and the zag layer. Set the tube layer to Luminosity and then merge the two together. Merge the Frame layers together. Apply a black stroke of 3px to the frame.

Create three new layers above the zag layer. Name them Ani1, Ani2, and Ani3. Hovering your mouse over the thumbnail of the Zag layer, hold ctrl and click on it.
In your Ani1 layer, apply DSB Flux-Electrosphere. Use whatever settings look coolest. Repeat this for Ani2 and Ani3, changing the settings each time. Set the blend mode on each of those layers to Overlay. You can change the blendmode if you want a different effect. Deselect all.
Group those three layers and name them Animation.

Using a nice fat font, I used Velvenda Cooler, and the color from your tube, type out something under the Zag layer. Make it rather big. Use my tag for reference if needed. (I had mine set to 72px)
Rasterize the type and bring up the layer style window. Set the Fill opacity to 60% and add a nice drop shadow to it.

At this point, add your copyright information above the top layer. Now add your name in a nice script font. I used the color white, but you can use whatever you want.
If you are not going to animate, save here. :)

If you are, open your animate window and get ready for some fun!
Create 4 frames in your animation window by hitting the duplicate frame option. In frame 1, make sure the Ani1 layer is open and the others are closed. In Frame 2, make sure Ani2 is the only one open. In Frame 3, only Ani3 should be showing. In Frame4, we want Ani1 showing.
On Frame1, hit the tween button. We are going to tween with the next frame and add 3 frames. Do this again on Frame 5 and Frame 9. You should have 13 frames at this point. Delete the very last frame so that you now have 12 frames. Set the display time to .1 for all frames.
Save for Web and Devices and enjoy.

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