Creating a Car Tutorial (Photoshop)

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Ok before I start, I'm gonna say that this is an advanced this tutorial is more for people who have a experience using the pen tool and brush tool...
Nevertheless, if you wanna have a go at all means, go ahead! Its definitely do-able!
You will be creating THIS image!

1) Ok, first we wanna start off with a blank canvas and draw the main outline of the car. Since I'm a lazy bum, I decided to draw HALF of the car, and then simply duplicate the image and flip it'll understand what I mean once I'm done. This way both sides of the car will look exactly the same. I used the pen tool to create this outline.
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2) Now create a new layer UNDERNEATH the main outline, and we just want to fill the car with a "flat" colour. This is our base colour and it doesn't have to be you can see, I just chose a standard gray. I chose to cut out a piece for the window area, but this is not necessary.
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3) On a new layer, we want to create some "minor outlines". Using the pen tool, I started to create some minor outlines. The lights outline was a 2 pixel stroke, whereas the indents of the hood were a 1 pixel stroke.
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4) Now make a new group (beneath the outlines, and on top of the "flat base") and make a new layer in that group. I started to shade the mirror. For this you want to use a relatively small brush with very soft edges. You can use the eraser (at a low opacity and with soft edges) to make the shades blend well) I used several layers for this mirror (1 for shades, 1 for highlights, and 1 for minor details). I like to group my layers, to make it easier for me, and to make my file much more organized.
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5) On two new layers (shades and highlights), use a soft brush with 0% hardness, and start to create your shades and highlights for the car. Again, using the eraser helps alot in this stage
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6) Now create a new layer called "blacks". Put this layer about your main shades. This is where I add the main dark objects of the the interior, the lights, and the grill. Again, these shapes were made with the pen tool.
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7) Now above the black layer, simply create the inside parts of the grill area. I used a group folder for this part, so that I could easily manage all of my layers. I put all of the highlights and shades of the grill in this folder. This step was done with the brush tool as well as the pen tool.
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8) Now create another group above the blacks layer, and this will be for the headlights of the car. I simply used the ellipse tool for this part(hold shift to make the ellips round). Don't forget to add the shading and highlights for the actual light as well.
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9) For the second light bulb, all I did was duplicate the first one, move it over, and scaled it down a little bit.
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10) Now to add a little realism to the lights, create a new layer underneath the light bulbs, and start to use the brush tool to create some highlights and shadows...this adds depth to the light.
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11) Now your basically done! Just add a few more highlights and shades here and there, and add the wheels and the shadow, and your done!
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Now that your done with half of the car, all you have to do is flatten the layers (shift+ctrl+e), duplicate the image, and go to edit>transform>flip horizontal.
Here's the final image.


Hardcore Lv9️⃣
Member for 4 years
O wow drawing car from scratch. Dang this is amazing!


Savage Lv6️⃣
Member for 1 year
wonderful i love how you showed in detail step by step how to do it great job 💯 👏🎊🎉🥇


Lurker Lv0️⃣
Member for 1 year
Wow that is a great tutorial, I will try to make of my car. I ll post here as soon as I finish.

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