Retro-active

Retro-active is a signature tag tutorial using Paint Shop Pro, a third-party plugin & your own digital resources.
Retro-active
You will need:-

  • Corel Paint Shop Pro X (PC)
  • Mura’s Copies
  • Tube, Brush & Font of your choice.

Begin by creating a new 550×400 transparent canvas and your tube.
Floodfill with a colour from your tube.

Go to Layers > Add New Raster Layer

Activate your paintbrush tool
Use the brush’s default settings
Choose colour from your tube
Click ONCE in the center of canvas

Go to Effects > Plugins > Muras Meister > Copies
Spiral (default settings)
You may need to play with settings to get your own desired effect.

Right click on your brush layer and click duplicate

On your duplicated layer.
Go to Image > Mirror
Then Image > Flip

Copy and paste your tube as a new layer
Resize if needed
Move over to the slight right hand side of your canvas.
Right click on your tube layer and click duplicaate

Move your duplicated layer below your original tube layer
Go to Image > Mirror

Still on your duplicated layer
Go to Effects > Texture Effects > Sculpture:-
Pattern: Cyberwave 02
Size: 25
Smoothness: 4
Depth: 13
Ambience: -7
Shininess: 48
Colour: Use same colour as you did for your brush
Angle: 315
Intensity: 63
Elevation: 45
Click OK

Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow:-
Vertical: 0
Horizontal: 0
Opactiy: 100
Blur: 5
Colour: #000000
Shadow on new layer: Unchecked
Click OK

Activate your top layer

Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow:-
Vertical: 10
Horizontal: -10
Opacity: 50
Blur: 5
Shadow on new layer: Checked
Click OK

Activate the Shadow layer and move it to below your tube sculpture layer

Activate your top layer

Go to Image > Rotate Right
Click on your text tool
Font, Size of your choice
Color: Same as you used for your brush
Create as: Vector
Anti-alias: Smooth
Alignment: Center
Stroke: 1.0
Fill: Null

Type out your name
Click Apply
Go to Objects > Align > Horiztonal in canvas
Go to Image > Mirror then Image > Flip
Convert to raster layer

Click on the canvas again with your text tool
Font, Size, Colour as before
Create as: Vector
Anti-alias: Smooth
Alignment: Center
Stroke: 0.0
Re-enter text, click Apply
Go to Objects > Align > Horizontal in canvas
Convert to raster layer

Go to Image > Rotate Left

Activate the Text Stroke layer
Apply the same scupture effect as before
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow:-
Vertical: 1
Horizontal: -1
Opacity: 50
Blur: 5.00
Shadow on new layer: unchecked

Activate the Text Fill layer
Go to Effects > 3D Effects > Drop Shadow:-
Vertical: 3
Horizontal: -3
Opacity: 75
Blur: 3.00
Shadow on new layer: unchecked

SAVE AS JPEG AND REMEMBER TO ADD THE CORRECT ARTIST INFO

Special thanks to Fi for her hard work in getting Retro-active back online and Hannah Lynn for her incredible artwork, which you can buy from CDO.