Letter Cube Tag

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This tutorial is intended for beginners to learn how to make the font cube in this tag.  If you have any questions, please feel free to Email  me.

To do this tutorial you will also need Paint Shop Pro.  I wrote this with  Paint Shop Pro XI, but the steps may also be done in any version.  You may download a free trial at Corel.

Remember to save as a psp file often!

Download supplies.  You can use any font that makes a square Initial Cap, but I've included the two that I used in the tut.  They are not mine, and I cannot remember where I downloaded them from.  I have also included two "sitting" tubes, but you are welcome to use your own.

1.  Open a new, transparent image, size = 400 x 400.

2.  Set your Materials palette to NULL for the foreground and black for the background (or color of your choice)

3.  Choose the text tool.  Set Font = Anabel, size = 148 pixels, Create as Vector

4.  Type the capital letter of your first name.

5.  Right-click on the text layer and choose Convert to Raster Layer

6.  With the magic wand, select the transparent area around the square letter.

7.  Selections > Invert  Now the square is selected itself.

8.  Layer > New > Raster Layer

9.  Flood-fill the selection with your second color choice.

10.  Drag this layer to the bottom in the Layer Palette.

11.  Right-click on the layer and choose Merge > merge Visible

12.  Selection > Deselect

13.  Right-click on the layer and choose Duplicate.

14.  With the mover tool, move the top copy over to the right, so that they are still touching.  You do not want a gap between them.

15.  Choose the Raster Deform Tool (D)

16.  The copy of the square should be surrounded by vector tics now.  Push the middle right one in towards the center.  (Left-click and hold mouse button down on that middle node and drag to the left).  Now, you will notice that I am using the transparency grid to keep my graphic straight.  I dragged it in to the left so that the edge is on one of those grid lines (rather in the middle of the grid squares)

17.  Hover your mouse over the top right node and hold the SHIFT key down.  you should notice that the cursor now has a trapezoid shape on it.  Continue to hold the SHIFT key down while you drag that top right node UP 2 squares

18.  Now do the bottom right node.  Hold the SHIFT key down while you drag that bottom right node up two squares.

19.  In the Layer Palette, click on the BOTTOM layer (original layer) to highlight it.

20.  Right-click on that bottom layer and choose Duplicate.

21.  With the mover tool, move that new copy UP above the original square.  Again, be careful not to have any gaps.

22.  Choose the Raster Deform tool

23.  Drag the top middle node downward until this "letter square" is the same height as the topmost point of that right-facing p (about 2 squares high)

24.  Hold the SHIFT key down, and drag the top right node to the right to meet the corner of that other "letter square".  If this node is too high, again drag the middle node downward to get it to the same level.

25.  As you can see, I still have a slight gap between the top "letter square" and the right "letter square".

26.  I click back on my top layer (the right letter square) and choose the Raster Deform Tool.  I adjust this face until it fits with the others, closing the gap.  I pushed in the middle node some to the left.  I held the SHIFT key down while I moved the top node up slightly to meet that top corner.  And don't forget to move the bottom node the same amount upward.

27.  When all the gaps are closed, it should look like this.  The key is to try to keep all the opposite sides of the square parallel to each other.  (*S*  love that math word!)

28.  When your cube is ready,  Right-click on one of the layers and choose Merge > merge Visible.

29.  Now choose the text tool.  Set the font to another complementary font.  I used VTKS Dear Love, size = 48, stroke = 1, background = black (1st cube color), foreground = red (2nd cube color).  and type the rest of your name.

30.  Right-click on the layer and choose Merge > merge Visible

31.  You can decorate the tag by adding a sitting tube.  I've included a couple in the zip file, but you can use your own.  You may need to increase the canvas size to get your tube to fit.  Image > Canvas Size.  or resize your tube.  But be sure to Edit > Copy on the tube, and then Paste it onto the cube image as a new layer (so you can move it around).

32. When you are done, save this tag as a GIF.  File > Export > GIF Optimizer.




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