For this tutorial you will need the following:
Paint Shop Pro, I am using PSP X, you should be able to use any version.
Tube of choice, I am using the artwork of Ismael Rac, which you need a license to use.
Scrap kit of choice. I am using Night Flies , a PTU kit by Pimp'd Designz
Font of choice, I am using Dreamed About You
Plugins: No outside plugins
Just remember that my choices of papers and elements is just a suggestion, change it up and make it yours! You don't have to follow mine exactly.
Add a drop shadow of your choosing to tubes & elements throughout. I usually use 1, 1, 50, 5 unless otherwise noted.
Let's get started!
For the banner:
Open a new canvas 600 x 250 pixels with a white background
Open paper 13, copy and paste as a new layer, arrange in the canvas where you want it.
Open your tube, copy and paste as a new layer, resize 50%, arrange on the right
Open vine 2 copy and paste as a new layer, resize 65% arrange on the left
Open lights 1 copy and paste as a new layer, drag it below the tube and arrange it
Open jar, resize 35%, arrange behind the vine on the left
Open lightening bug, resize 20%, duplicate a few times and arrange where you like around the banner.
Click on the white background layer, selections, select all, modify, select selection borders, 3
Add a new raster layer at the top of the layer palette and flood fill the selection with #687997 or another color from your tube or kit that goes well with it.
Add your copyright and credits
add your text and save
For the avatar:
Open a new canvas 150 x 150 (or whatever size the forum you are using it on allows) with a white background
Now we will just copy stuff from the banner tag and paste it into the avatar and arrange it.
Copy these items:
Click on the white background and add a frame along the edge of your avatar using the same steps we did above for the banner.
Add whatever copyright info you need
Add your text and save