The inspiration for this
tubing technique came from a friend, Kat, who at one time tubed
some beautiful images. She has outgrown tubing and now
has her own blogspot, and she digitally paints some gorgeous
pieces. This tutorial is dedicated to her. She can
be found HERE
She had a tutorial that got me started, though the tut is long
gone, probably three computer crashes ago, I'm trying to
reproduce part of her technique and what I did from memory.
1. You need an image,
DUH! I found this picture at
they have free images there for you to play with. You may
use this one, or another image of your own, start with something
easy, something with no background to distract you. This
is a small picture, click
HERE for the
2. First we want to make the image a raster layer. Right
click in your palette and convert to raster layer. Also we
want to enlarge the image so we can play a little easier!
Go to canvas size and add about 50 to 100 pixels on all sides.
3. Open your selection tool to Freehand, and make the
feather about 85. That's large I know, but trust me!
Go to the edge, around 0 and go along the top of the picture,
then down tracing her hair as close as you can. Then go
over to the edge and trace up to where you first started. Just do a
bit at a time, don't try to do the entire picture.
4. Press delete.
This is what it looks like now.
Continue the same technique
all around your image.
5. Add a new raster
layer, fill with white
6. Add a new raster
layer, fill with black
7. Take your image and
move to the top. This is what you'll see.
8. We need to clean
this up a bit. So lower the feather to about 30 and do the
retracing bit all over again. It's looking better, but you
can still see the outline around the girl. Close your
white layer and the black background will be visible. We
need to do more work on this!
9. Lower your feather
to about 12, and retrace. You can retrace in smaller
amounts of the image than before so you can get detail.
Play with the amount of feather also, what you think makes the
image "tubed". Here is my end result.
Any questions please email
me!! This is a quick tube, not perfect, but when you want
something for a tutorial you are doing, this comes in handy!