20+ Car Pimping and Tuning Photoshop Tutorials

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We’ve seen how Photoshop has been extensively used in areas like web designing and beauty photo retouching. In today’s post, we bring you into another stretch where Photoshop also rules and dominates – the modding and sketching of rides.

This following article is dedicated to car lovers, forumites who use car photos as signatures, web designers or anyone who fascinates nice rides. We search the Internet and here we put forward some of the best Photoshop tutorials with techniques on how to mod a car. Full list after jump.

Colors Manipulation

Chrome your car
Gives your car body that chrome effect. Works better with black default.

chrome

Color Tweak The Ferrari
This tutorial make use of an additional mask and give your car a color change on the fly by applying different color blending options.

ferrari white

How to make Car Advertisement Mock-ups
Get your car air brushed with any color, or design. But before that, Thomas Baekdal suggest you give it the right base color.

car ads

Add Flaming Decals to a Modern Car Design
This tutorial will explain the steps needed to turn this boring Prius into an awesome street racer.

flaming decals

Body and Parts Enhancements

Porsche digital rendering photoshop tutorial
How to render a low quality digital car photo into a high quality output.

porsche digital rendering

Give your car a little wood
Here is one way to take a simple texture and apply it to a shaped object like a car and have it appear to follow the body contours.

wood mini

Create a stempunk golden car

steampunk golden car

Create a real life "Cars"
How to create a real CARS of your own cars.

cars

Change rims on a car

change rims

Vanity License Plate
How to create a custom vanity license plate using a few basic Photoshop tools a piece of reference material and some creative layer stylings.

vanity plate

Car Enhancement with Digimods
Folks at Digimods have a comprehensive list of Photoshop tutorials covers almost everything you will want to mod on a ride. From adding a bad boy bonnet, carbon fibre bonet to lowering the car, changing the wheels and much more!

digimods

Freehand and Sketching

Concept car sketch Photoshop Tutorial
This tutorial describes how to render this car with paths, and finishes the paints with later masks and filters.

concept car sketch

Drawing a Car Lineart in Photoshop
Draw the lineart of this Mclaren F1 using paths. You are required to have some experience in using Photoshop’s Pen tool to be able to draw this car in detail.

Drawing a Car Lineart

Photoshop Rendering
Photoshop rendering in Photoshop by Emre Husmen, a 20 year old Turkish design student, also the 2004 Peugeot Design Contest finalist.

benz rendering

Rapid Development Sketching
"In this tutorial it is assumed that you already have a design theme worked out and know roughly what your car will look like. Ideally you would be working over a photo of a clay or screenshot of an alias model. I have chosen a supercar to show the methods used here because the forms are exaggerated and it is easier to see how they are being rendered." Miles Waterhouse

miles waterhouse rapid sketch

Vector Car Tutorial
This tutorial guides you through creating a vector toon based Veilside’s Fortune RX7 from scratch.

rx7 vector

Dramatic Effects

Create a truck coming from a flame
Create a Acura commercials simmilar effect where a truck came out from the flame.

flaming truck

Super Slick Lighting Effects
Learn how to combine photos and brush strokes to give a car photo slick dusky lighting effects.

super slick lightning effects

How To Create An Amazing Car Illustration
How to create a fierce car illustraton making use of different type of brushes.

fierce red car

Create a Smoky Car Crashing Shot
"We have another tutorial this week in which we will learn some menus of blur filter, which will help us create smoke effect. We will also cover up some brush technique too to make this smoke effect."

car crash smoke

Video Tutorials

Photoshop Car Tuning – 65 videos and 3 how-to articles to learn all about Photoshop car tuning, by wonderhowto.com

wonderhowto

YouTube – Tons of great video tutorials are hidden within YouTube. We attempt to pull out some of the best for you, sorted by view count.

youtube car tuts

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