Car Colour tutorial

Discussion in 'Artwork - Photoshops and Sketches' started by Jeff505, May 5, 2007.

  1. Well, I'm really bored trying to study so i thought id give you a little insight how how to get perfect new colors on any color car (dosn't work well on black/white cars tho =\)

    Program used: Photoshop CS2
    **pictures are in order as mentioned**

    (see first picture)
    The picture i chose was based on two things:
    a) the car was not black or white
    b) the background did not blend into the car
    *note: if the picture you use does blend with the car, the pen tool can be used to isolate the body from the picture. once you've isolated the body, follow the steps as usual.

    >>STEP 1:load your picture. Make a copy of the original layer. This will be our "base" colour layer. Label it that, if you wish.

    --Now, go Image > adjustments > REPLACE COLOUR
    In the replace color pop-up, you should see three eye-droppers in the top section. You want the middle one. (should have a + in subscript)
    Start clicking on all the red / reddish parts of your car (or whatever color is originally is) until you get a small white picture of your car, minus black details and the background. **SEE PICTURE TWO** Now all that's left is to slide the hue bar around to find your desired color. Click OK.

    >>STEP 2: you may have some off colour parts on your car (mine has those green patches) and thats OK. We will fix that later. For now, grab your trusty eraser and erase all the parts of the car you don't want coloured. **SEE PICTURE THREE** this part takes time and concentration. the better you are at erasing, the better it will look. There are other options for erasing, such as selection and extraction, but I've found I'm better with a brush.
    --tip: when erasing around curves, use the elliptical selection tool to create a ellipse, then move the selection to the part your trying to erase. hit ctrl-shift-i (inverse selection), now you can erase around the bend easily.

    >>STEP 3: Now its time to make it look good. Copy the coloured layer, and set the blending to overlay. looks good eh? good. Now for the final touch. Copy the coloured layer once more, but this time set the blend mode to hue. This fixes any imperfections in the colour. Its quite a nice little trick <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A> **SEE FINAL IMAGE**

    this is how i did the Aston Martin and the Solstice, btw <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>

    edit: to make an ever cleaner look, set the blend mode of the final copied layer to colour. this darkens the color dramatically, but gives a perfect finish.

    edit #2: if you apply the "color" blend mode, as described above, you can change the color of the car to anything by selecting that layer, going image > adjustments > hue/saturation. this makes creating multiple colours of a car effortless.
  2. That actually doesn't look good at all.

    Sorry dude.
  3. The colour chosen or the P'shop?
  4. i prefer desaturate and create a new layer with the selection of the body pannels of the car then fill the selection and set the layer from normal to color
  5. Both.
  6. Sweet! Thanks for the tutorial! Makes my life a whole lot easier...sorta.
  7. I also prefer to do it this way.

    the picture on the porsche after you changed it's color looks okay.
  8. I use hue/saturation with the colour option first. Then I use hue/saturation without the coolor option and afterwards I use levels to get the light right.
  9. that looks horrid.
  10. always better than studying...thanks

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