20+ Car Pimping and Tuning Photoshop Tutorials

Note: This post was first published on the 26th Sept, 2009.

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.

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

Create a real life "Cars"

How to create a real CARS of your own cars.


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!


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

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