Customize Your Car with Photoshop

Varelse, nice work on coloring the white vehicles… but I think something is missing… yes they are missing their clear coats that give vehicles their distinctive “wet” look everyone loves. Somewhere in the process they seem to have mostly lost it and are a bit dull; whereas changing the color of a colored vehicle, as in Dark Tranquility’s examples, the clear coat is largely maintained… Perhaps it is because the clear coat is not as obvious on white vehicles as it is on darker vehicles; but in any event from white to color, something definitely is a bit funny.

Any advise or tips for bringing back the clear coat on the white vehicles that have been colored?

Photos of white don’t offer the scale of contrast the color ones do, thus making the “rich” result harder to get and rather not possible with simple, a few step methods.
It’d require tweaking the contrast, and not of the entire image, but the highlight/shadow/midtone areas.
It’s much more precise and time-consuming work than in case of the color ones, which already have the full scale of the color depths.
The examples I gave were made with the moderately-quick method, without detailed editing of the shadows/highlights to make them look perfect. That’s why they may be slightly “faded” :agree:

perhaps I didn’t explain myself well enough. I didn’t mean the colors look dull or faded. The colors are ok I think. I meant the finish on most looks dull, as in not shiny, as in they appear to be newly painted vehicles that have not yet had their clear coats applied. I suppose “flat” may have been a better word than “dull” but I’m not sure. They just appear to be without their clear coats or maybe with only one or two coats, and that’s the only way I can explain it.

I’m not a graphic guru, so I have no idea how to even begin to simulate the visual effect that the clear coat finish on vehicles gives, so thought I’d ask if you had any tips on that.

Really nice tutorial. Thanks.

OK, “flat” is better word than “faded”. Lack of contrast, shiny polish, etc - as I wrote, it’s the result of the initial image characteristics and would require detailed retouches, not the whole-image effects (like overlaying layers).
If we edited the whole image to get the necessary contrast, the parts other than car body would look unnatural.

Where’s the “Dark Tranquility Rocks” one?

^ :agree:

very nice tutorial … so simple bu so nice result … u rock man

very nice, thanks for the tutorial dark tranquility,
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Good result, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good tutorial. The steps are not very detailed, many screenshots are left out and especially beginners (those who will mainly use a tutorial like this) need all the help they can get. That’s why I voted ‘bad’, sorry.

what details can be added in your opinion? :slight_smile:

I’m not willing to rewrite the complete tutorial, but allow me to pick out one example:

“7. Adding some details and color thanks to the pen tool”

Something like this leaves a beginner (who’s using Photoshop for only a few weeks) totally clueless.

  1. is not a necessary step if you read through you will see it is a decoration alternative + using the pen tool is not the purpose of the tut so detailing it is not useful IMO anyone who’s stuck with that could read about pen tool! there’s not tutorial that makes you learn everythinh but it raises questions in your head that will push you to read/search more! I may be wrong but that’s my philosophy :wink:

Howabout changing black to white?

I like the rainbow btw

This is a great tut!

As an old car designer from the past, I remember, there was always one thing that brings reality into a rendering of a car: you add a reflection of the landscape/cityscape onto the side of the car, the hub caps, the chrome, the glass. You have to use this kind of illustrative element with care though, you can bend the surface very much out of shape with the wrong choice.

This reflection is distorted just like in real life, and that very distortion gives you a means to identify and clarify the shape of the car. Convex or concave, the way you lay that scape onto the surface will make the viewer experience the illusion of a three dimensional object. It becomes clear in one glance.

That same principle applies to all reflective surfaces.

Though I have seen it months back…I only tried it just yesterday.

Dark you’re amazing!! Thanks for sharing. Gonna try my hand on it and then open a new car showroom :wink:

This is really good and creative. Can you post the steps and procedure to do that. I’m a beginner and need to learn

That’s AWESOME! Well done!

nice tutorial :slight_smile: