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Round Tubes

Learn a simple way to create round 3D looking tubes, great for posters and wallpapers...

Start with a square document, by square, i mean a document with the same size width as its height, for example, mine is 600px by 600px.

Now use the rectangular marquee tool and draw a selection about 100px high, then fill it with a color, mine is dark blue.

Now, make another selection about 50px just above the previous fill and fill it a lighter shade of the previous color, my case, its light blue. see image on left.

 

Now make a selection intersecting the 2 colors, so you are choosing half the lighter color and half the darker color. see image on the left to see what I mean.

Now go to Filter » Pixelate » Color Halftone.
Settings:
- Max. Radius: 10px
- set "0" for all 4 channels.

Now use the marquee tool again and make a selection around the colored area of your image, then go to Select » Feather » 3px;

Now go to Filter » Blur » Motion Blur

Settings:
Angle: 90
Distance: 60px

Then Go to Filter » Sharpen » Sharpen.
Press CTRL+F twice to reapply.

Now press CTRL+D to deselect.

Now go to Filter » Distort » Polar Coordinates
Options: Rectangular to Polar

CLICK TO VIEW LARGER VERSION

Now you can just use the circular marquee tool to cut out the round tube and paste it on any background you like.

Thats what I did to my image and I also applied this bevel and embossed setting (Layer » Layer Style » Bevel & Embossed): VIEW

 

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CLICK TO VIEW LARGER VERSION
Another one I made simply by duplicating the tube layer and changing its HUE AND SATURATION (image_>Adjustments » Hue Saturation) settings.

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