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Graphics *****
Graphics are not to everyone's taste, but you have to admit some cars with more wilder body styling deserve as equally wild paint jobs. This step by step tutorial goes some way to explain the basics of adding art work to your car.

Last Update: 01st May 2015

 

STEP 1: Standard Mk4 VW Golf GTi, ready for airbrushed graphics  

STEP 2: Using a search engine, (such as Google Image Search), locate a good quality donor picture. It's best if it's a cartoon picture or something along those lines.

Copy and paste this image into Photoshop as a new layer on your car image.
 

STEP 3: Press Ctrl+T and then use the grab handles to flip, skew and change the shape of it to fit in with the car. Once you happy with it's positioning hit the enter key!

In this case, I have flip it over (so that it is in the same direction of the car) and turned it slightly anti-clockwise.
 

STEP 4: Using the layers box (lower right of the screen), go down the layers style list (says normal on the example on the left) and pick yourself the layer style you prefer. In this case, I selected "Multiply", but as mentioned, it is dependent upon your personal preference, the colour of car and the image that you are adding!

These layer styles help it to blend in with the bodywork better and remove any large white or black portions.

If you have trouble removing all of the colours, use the lasso tool and delete key to remove the bits not required. The eraser tool can be used to blend the airbrushing into the paintwork, or another picture.

Whilst you are at this box, lower the opacity to about 80%.
 

STEP 5: It should look a bit like this.

Now you need to remove the bits that overlap the door handles etc.. This is done with the lasso tool (L) and delete key!

You can also use the eraser (E) (at the appropriate size) in areas you want to blend out.
 

STEP 6: That's it - complete!  
Top Tips: Use Filter>Distort>Twirl at Step 5 to distort the image and fit the body shape.