This intensive tutorial will show you from start to finish how to mod and create your own car in Photoshop. This advanced tutorial is recommended for the expert Photoshop user and will show you professional techniques such as body sculpting, creating window reflections, and other photo-realistic effects!
Preview of Final Results
Virtual Tuning Photoshop Tutorial
To begin, I’ll be using this photo. You can use any photo you like for this tutorial to create your own virtual tuned car using the techniques in this tutorial.
Use the Pen tool to create a path around the body of the car.
In the Paths palette (Window > Paths), right click on the path then choose Make Selection. You can feather the edges by 0.3 px (Select > Modify > Feather) for smoother results.
Choose Edit > Copy to copy the selected area onto your clipboard. Open another picture of a car taken in a similar angle. This picture will be for the background and wheels. Paste the body (Ctrl + V or Edit > Paste) onto the image. Use the Transform tools (Edit > Transform> *) to rotate and position the body so that it covers the car.
Using the Lasso tool, create a selection of the bottom of the car and the rims on the background layer. A rough selection is fine.
Create a new layer in between the two layers and fill the selected area with black.
Hide the top two layers and see if there are any parts on the car that you can use. For example, in the image we used, we’ll be using the wheels and the front body kit. We’ll start with the front bumper lip. Create a selection of this bumper with the Lasso tool.
Press Ctrl+J to duplicate the selected area into a new layer. Move this layer to the top and use the Move tool to position it on the car.