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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 appearance of the tube with Illustrator's pattern feature.

Then you can add the fancy pancy stuff (like glows, bevels and shadows) in Photoshop.

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