Rex's Tutorial #1: Color Change

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    In this tutorial, I am assuming that you have some basic knowledge of Photoshop.


    Take a picture (such as this cute little Blue Aveo).



    Now paste the exact same picture over it again, so that you have 2 identical layers (look on the right side).



    Now using the lasso tool, select just the car more or less like so:



    Now using Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation, play around with the settings until you get your desired color. (I chose funky green).



    Now select the inverse (either from from the Select menu, or Shift-CTRL-I)



    Then press the delete key. (This gets rid of the background off of that layer.)
    Now click on the little eyeball next to Layer 1, that will make it invisible.



    Now using the eraser tool, go around the car, and get rid of everything you can that isn't painted car (wheels, tires, lights, windows)



    Then zoom in on the car, and using a really small eraser (size 1-3), go in and get all the stuff you missed. Pay attention to detail. Get in all the nooks and crannies.



    Zoom out, and you picture should look like just the shell of the car: like this:



    Now click on the eyeball next to Layer one again, and poof, your background comes back. And the car looks pretty.



    That's pretty much all there is to it.

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    I have almost mastered it! lol

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    I'm hoping this is helpful.
    If anyone wants a tutorial on other things, please let me know.

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    Very good tips, Rex! I am looking forward to different tutorials!
    BTW: should I start with a small car like Aveo??

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    The car you choose can be small or large. It doesn't even have to be a GM.
    I like to start with high resolution (1024x768) or larger for best results.
    It's easier to shrink than to grow.

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    I'm in the process of redownloading my Photoshop CS so I can't wait to try. Looks like a good tutorial.

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    I LOVE YOU :lol:

    Joe

    Much easier then the way I was doing it.

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    Hey Rex, how about a tutorial on how to change wheels and possible incorporate some fender flares?

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    Another color-change option is this (you can also make vehicles black or white with this way)...

    1) Open an image and deplicate that layer...

    2) With the new layer active, hit Ctrl+Shift+U (turns the layer into black and white)

    3) The go to Image>Adjustments>Auto Contrast

    4) Now go to Image>Adjustments>Variations and select any color you want!

    5) After selecting your color, just take the lasso tool and select everything that should not be body color and hit delete.

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    That's also a good way of coloring.
    (You can keep the rest of the steps the same)

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    How about making two different body panels the same color? Like when you put a new fascia on a car and its a different color than the body.

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    Originally posted by giagastormer@Aug 15 2004, 06:02 PM
    How about making two different body panels the same color? Like when you put a new fascia on a car and its a different color than the body.
    you can use the way I posted... Just do those steps to the new parts, not the whole car...

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    The latest Photoshop (CS) has a match color option (that kinda works)

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    Well, this is the closest I think I can get, I wish it was a different color than pink though! Nsap, I used your method and it worked well.

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    That's basically how I do it except I make the outline of the body panels in quick-mask mode and save the selection. Another handy tool for colour change is the Image>Adjustments>Selective Colour in Photoshop CS. It allows you to better 'tweak' the colour by altering only certain shades of the paint. It really helps when changing a car to black.

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