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    How It's Done...

    Ok, by popular request, here's what I do.

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    1- Quick glance of all my layers. First thing to do is get rid of any color. Use the Hue/Saturation tool.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture1.jpg

    2-Give all the main body its primary under color. Don't go too bright, or too dark with this. Set this layer to multiply, unless you have a lot, and I mean A LOT of shading, like a mark for everything but specular highlights, then set it to Overlay.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture2.jpg

    3-Color interior like you would see it sitting inside.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture3.jpg

    4-Add glass. Select a just slightly off cool color. Set to multiply. Play with opacity if needed for effect.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture4.jpg

    5-8 Add other main colors. Typically using multiply.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture5.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture7.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture8.jpg

    9-Highlights to main colors.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...o/Picture9.jpg

    10-13 Other detail areas, same process, just a smaller scale, and different layers.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Picture10.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Picture11.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Picture12.jpg
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Picture13.jpg


    The best advice I can give...experiment.
    Use whatever you feel comfortable with to do create each color layer. Pen tool, brush, whatever.

    Keep your colors on separate layers.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3.../Picture15.jpg

    Add shadow and highlight details by using white and black layers above the color you want. Play with opacity, multiply, etc. Get a feel for it.

    SAVE CONSTANTLY!


    The drawing that you start with is the most important thing. Without it, this is all that you have, really.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...itenolines.jpg

    Clean your scans up. Learn how to use the highlight and shadow selection tools when scanning. If there's a lot of midtone grays throughout the image, you'll be fighting those all the way.

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    Re: How It's Done...

    That was awesome. Thank You!!

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    Re: How It's Done...

    No problem.

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    Re: How It's Done...

    As I've noticed a few people have started dabbling, I hereby resurrect this thread.

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    Re: How It's Done...

    Thanks for the ressurection
    Last edited by 2005stang032; 07-01-2005 at 08:19 PM.

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    Re: How It's Done...

    thanks for the tut.

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    Re: How It's Done...

    THX!

    I really need it!

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    Re: How It's Done...

    No problem. Glad to help.

    One edit for this thread...since I posted this, I've changed a little of how I do this...

    Take the drawn layer and place it on top and switch it Multiply, and then have all the base color layers below it as Normal. If you have the top base color as the main body color, you can erase stuff like the background tires and grill and windows, etc., and then fill those in on a separate layer beneath. The body, which you have already cleaned up unwanted areas on, will hide any sloppy brushing on the other solid color areas below. This also decreases the time spent erasing and cleaning up.

    Be sure to keep any highlight/shadow areas like the ones in this tutorial set up in the same way as Soft Light or Overlay on top of all the solid colors, but below the drawn layer set to Multiply.

    Also, if you want a solid specular highlight, like a bright white reflection, put that on a Normal layer above the drawn layer.

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