This tutorial is titled "Film Star",
and is the first tutorial I have written.
The tag above is what we will be making.


Paint Shop Pro - (60 day free trial)
(I used Paint Shop Pro 9)
Mask | Film Strip
Freeware Filter - Scanlines
(but you could get a similar effect
using blinds that comes with Paint Shop Pro)
Tube of choice - (I used the awesome artwork of Vinegar)
Font of choice - (I used Amorinda, a pay font)

I assume you are versed in the use of Paint Shop Pro
and know the location of the tools, etc.
Also, everyone has their own way of doing things,
and there are often two or more ways to do the same thing using
Paint Shop Pro, so if you don't like my method, feel free to use your own.


Open a transparent canvas, 500 x 500 (we will re-size later)
Flood fill your first layer with white if you wish.
Choose two colors from the tube for your foreground/background colors
Flood fill a new layer with the one of your color choices
Flood fill another new layer with your other color choice and have that layer selected.
Your layer palette should look like this

Apply the mask:
One way is too have the mask open in Paint Shop Pro and choose layers,
new mask layer, from image and choose the mask and check source luminance

Or you can go to layers, load/save mask, load mask from disk
and have source luminance, fit to canvas, hide all mask, all checked
(you can also try applying the mask to the other color choice, to see which result
you like best, but drag that layer to the top and select it first.)
Then right click on the layer palette and merge group
and close the background layer and merge visible.

Now you should have something like this

Copy your tube and paste it as a new layer, place it and close the original.
Add a drop shadow (I used vertical and horizontal 2, opacity 70 and blur 10, black)
Copy and then paste the film strip as a new layer and close the original.
(if you need more room to place the film strip,
you can enlarge the canvas size to 600 x 600).

Rotate the strip as desired and add a drop shadow
(I used vertical and horizontal 1, opacity 70 and blur 5).
You should now have 4 layers, the white bottom one,
the mask layer, the tube and the film strip.
Now is a good time to add a drop shadow to the mask layer too, if desired.
(I used the same as on the film strip.)

If you have not done so already, now is a good time
to save your work in progress as a .psp file.

I also decided to resize all the layers except the film strip (85% bicubic).
The re-size may not be necessary, based on the size of your tube, it is up to you.
Use your selection tool and select all the area inside the frame.

Select the mask layer and use your selection tool and select
all the area inside the frame Now apply the scanlines plugin (or use paint shop blinds)
With blinds I used width 3, opacity 55, checks in both boxes and black
With the plugin, I used settings of: 2, 2, -35 and black. (adjust your settings
based on the colors you are using and the look you want to achieve).

Now for placing the images into the film strip.
There are several methods of doing this, but in this tag,
I cloned parts of the tubed image that I wanted represented
in the film strip. You have to play around a bit with the size you use,
based on the size of the area you are wanting to clone. (I used size 66.)

Use your magic wand to select the inside of the first frame of the strip and then modify,
expand by 2. Choose the clone tool, then select the tube layer, right click with the clone tool
on the area you wish to copy and then go back and select the film strip layer
and left click into the selected area. If you don't like how it looks, hit un-do and try again.
Repeat the steps til the strip is filled.

Add copyright info for the tube and your watermark.

Now all that is left to do is add your name
and any other text you wish, add a drop shadow,
merge, re-size if needed, crop and save.

Show off your new tag!
(I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!)

Here is the tag I made while writing the tutorial.


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This tutorial was written April 20, 2005 and is Qwho

Any resemblance to any other tutorial is purely coincidence.
Do NOT copy or forward or script without written permission.
You may print out for your own use.
(Please link to the tut if you use this tutorial in groups.)

Thanks to Mz Mona for the name of my tutorial
and for the encouragement so many offered to me
in getting this first tut written.

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