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Pimp my car Photoshop part 1

In the Part 1 of the series, I will show you how to put some big chrome wheels on to an old car and make it look hotter.

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 12th January 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Click here to download  a picture of an old 1951 Plymouth Cambridge.

You can of course use one of your own pictures.

Open the downloaded picture.


 
 
2.
 

Click here to download the picture of wheels we're going to attach onto our car.

Open the wheels picture.

 
 
3.
 

Choose the Rectangular Marque Tool.

 
 
4.
 

Select the left wheel and press Ctrl + C to copy the selection.

 
 
5.
 

Go to the car picture and press Ctrl + V to paste the wheel.

Press Ctrl + T for free transformation mode, resize the wheel to fit the car...

Hold Shift while resizing key to maintain the wheel ratio.

 
 
6.
 

... and bring over the old wheel like I did.

Do some fine tuning while still in free transformation mode.

Press Enter when done.

 
 
7.
 

Now repeat the steps 3 to 6 one more time for the back wheel as well.

Select the right wheel on the wheels document.

 
 
8.
 

Now turn off the visibility of two wheel layers and then select the original car layer (see picture).

 
 
9.
 

Choose the Pen Tool.

 
 
10.
 

And make a selection similar to mine.

Click here for the lesson on how to make a selection using the Pen Tool.

You can use one of the regular selection tools as well if you don't feel comfortable enough yet with using Pen Tool.

 
 
11.
 

Press Ctrl + J to create a new layer from your selection and drag the new layer to the top of layers (see picture).

 
 
12.
 

In the menu click Layer, Layer Style and choose Drop Shadow...

In the new window choose the same settings as I did and click OK.

 
 
13.
 

This is how it should look like at this point.

 
 
14.
 

Now select the front wheel layer.

 
 
15.
 

Press Ctrl + L and adjust the tone levels a bit.

Click OK.

 
 
16.
 

Choose the Clone Stamp Tool.

 
 
17.
 

And make sure the Sample:  All Layers option is set (see picture).

 
 
18.
 

Now select the top layer and Create a new layer (see picture).

 
 
19.
 

We need to remove the shadows that appeared when we applied the Drop Shadow effect in step 12.

Hold the Alt key and click the red paint area next to the shadow (see picture).

 
 
20.
 

Release the mouse button and start painting/cloning over the shadow (see picture).

 
 
21.
 

Remove the pesky shadow on the left side as well so it ends up looking like mine.

I also had to move the wheels up a bit so they don't end up looking like they are over inflated as they do on my picture.

 
 
22.
 

Now repeat the steps from 9 to 21 for the back wheel as well and your car will be rolling on some big 21" pimping wheels.

If you get stuck and want some help, please do not hesitate to use the Forum.

Save your Photoshop project and click here for the next tutorial where we make the car lower.

 
 
 
   
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blendi, 25th Jan 2014, 1:13 AM

 
   
 
 
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