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Important Note About This Tutorial
In looking for St. Patrick Day tutorials and tubes online, I came across a similiar tube offered for free download to this welcome pole. I looked for a tutorial on how to make it and was not able to find one. I then decided to try making one of my own, using just my memory of seeing this tube. I did not download it, as I didn't want it to influence my ideas on how to make my own. If anyone knows of a similar tutorial for this welcome pole, please let me know. There is a link to my email at the bottom of the tutorial.
This tutorial was written and done in version 9, but it should do well in any version. For this tutorial, we do use vectors, but only as preset shapes. There is no node manipulation. You can get my supplies here. I have included a couple of hats and a couple of shamrocks, which you are welcome to add to your own tubes, or you can just copy and pasted them from the pspimage. They were created in version 9.
Open a new image, 300 x 300, transparent. Add a vector layer, name it Pole. I used a white background so the images would show up better, but yours will be on a transparent background. Remember to save often.
Preset shape rectangle, foreground and background black. Anti-alias checked, Create as vector checked, line width 0 . Draw the rectangle to about 10 x 260, on the left side of your image.
Convert to raster layer, open Effects, 3D effects, inner bevel. Use the round preset shown in the screen shot.
Add a new vector layer, name it bar. Using the rectangle preset shape again with the same settings, draw a rectangle from the pole out to the right. Start your shape down a bit from the top of the pole so you have room for some text. Size should be about 120 x 10. Once drawn, you can move it into place if necessary, then convert to raster layer and apply the same round preset inner bevel.
Add a new vector layer, name it text. Open your fonts. I used Arial for this one, size 18, use all capital letters. Once you have it in place do any adjustments to size that looks the way you want it to.
Convert to raster layer once you have the text the way you want it. Apply the same inner bevel we used before.
Add a new raster layer, name it ring. Use your pen tool, freehand, line width 2, foreground black, background null (turned off). Draw a small circle. I drew like a C and then drew a reverse C. It doesn't have to be perfect - if you want a perfect circle, use the preset shape ellipse. For that again, only use the foreground as black. When you have your shape, convert to a raster layer. You can add the inner bevel if you want, but it doesn't change the appearance.
Add a new raster layer, name it for whatever tube you decide to use. For this I am using my shamrock. Erase off the stem, and move it to just under the ring. I used the full size, but if you want yours to be smaller, resize it to what you want.
I used this same shamrock for the little ones hanging down. Make sure you have the stem erased on these as well. I first put it on a new transparent image 300 x 300. I resized it rather small, so used the deform tool according to the settings in the screen shots. Shot 7 shows the settings when I first applied the deform tool, and shot 8 shows what the settings were when I got it as small as I wanted.
I then copied it and pasted it as a new layer. To save the sharpness of the small shamrock, you can paste it as a new layer for how many shamrocks you want to have dangling, rather than duplicating it. I pasted it as 5 new layers, and moved them to about where I think I want them. Rename each of these layers, starting with the one on the farthest left. Once you have them renamed, move them in your layer palette so that the lowest one is number 1, and the top one is number 5.
Next we need to have those little shamrocks attached to something so they can be attached to the large shamrock. You can just draw a black straight line, width 2, or you can have it look like silver tubes as I did. Activate your shamrock 1 layer, add a new vector layer, name it tube 1. Again, use your rectangle shape, width 0, foreground null, and background a silver gradient, repeats 0, angle 90 - or what ever color you wish. Draw a rectangle about size 4 x 30. Convert it to a raster layer, and apply the same inner bevel.
Move the tube 1 layer below the shamrock 1 layer. Duplicate tube 1 and move it in your layer palette below shamrock 5, and on the image, move it over to shamrock 5.
Activate your shamrock 5 layer, with the copy of tube 1 below it, and right click, Merge, merge down. They are now one object. Do the same with shamrock 1, and tube 1. Make sure your shamrock layer is the one you merge down onto the tube layer.
Activate shamrock 2, add a new vector layer, name it tube 2. Use the same settings, but this time we are elongating the tube. Draw it about a size 4 x 35. Convert to a raster layer and use the same inner bevel. Move your shamrock 2 layer above the tube 2 layer.
Duplicate tube 2 and move it below shamrock 4. You can then do the merging with each of these two sections.
Activate the shamrock 3 layer and add a new vector layer naming it tube 3. Again draw a narrow rectangle, this time the size should be about 4 x 64. Convert to a raster layer, apply the inner bevel, move it below the shamrock 3 layer. Merge the shamrock 3 layer down onto the tube 3 layer.
Now that they are all merged, you can start at the top of the layer palette with copy tube 1, and merge it down onto the next one, continuing until they are all merged down onto tube 1 layer. Or you can turn off the visibility to all the layers but these tube layers, and them merge them visible. Once you have the merge done, move that layer below the main shamrock layer.
We are now finished! You can add drop shadows where you think appropriate. This can be used as a tag by itself, or you can turn the visibility off for the bottom and white bkg layers, copy merged visible and paste as a new image. You can then export it as a tube. If you just want the black poles and the welcome sign as a tube, turn the visibility off for the tubes and shamrock layers, too.
Here is the finished image and a variation of the image, using a green top hat instead of the large shamrock. Get creative and do your own thing with this tut! Have fun!
This tutorial was created February, 2007.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions. Send email to susie