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I'm looking to create a tube with an effect like the following - the cylindrical segments which come together to make a pipe. I was wondering how this might be achieved; You could layer ellipsis with lighting effects over each other, but does anyone know of an alternative method to achieve?

Yes, it looks something like a hoover pipe.

Hoover pipe

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make the basic apperance of the tube with illustrator's pattern feature - http://wedesignstudios.com/2012/07/how-to-make-a-telephone-cord-in-illustrator/

then you can add the fancy pancy stuff (like glows, bevels and shadows) in photoshop

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Ah, Brilliant! Didn't think anyone would have an idea, but this looks good :) Thanks –  Barney Jul 2 '13 at 12:03
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