Mustang wallpaper – Photoshop Tutorial

Requirements: Photoshop CS and newer Difficulty: Hard Time: max 1,5 hour. Outcome Resources: You’ll need these pictures to follow the tutorial. We have 3 images and we are going to combine them together into one image. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to blend different images into one while matching color, brightness, […]

  • Requirements: Photoshop CS and newer
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Time: max 1,5 hour.

Outcome

Mustang wallpaper outcome thumbnail

Resources:

You’ll need these pictures to follow the tutorial.

We have 3 images and we are going to combine them together into one image. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to blend different images into one while matching color, brightness, levels and other elements of photography. So, let’s start:

Tutorial

  1. Open up “car” resource image.
  2. We need to separate the car from the background. I’m using Pen Tool (P) but you can use whatever suits you better. Either novice or experienced I’d suggest you use Pen Tool because it produces best results.



  3. Once the car is selected, copy it (CTRL+C) then create a new layer and paste it onto the new layer (CTRL+V) and delete the background layer. This is my car cutout.
  4. Open up your “road” resource image.
  5. Zoom in on the little truck.
  6. Using Clone Stamp Tool (S) remove it from the picture.
  7. I used Sharpen Tool when I was satisfied with my result.
  8. Place car inside your document.
  9. Transform it, as you wish.
  10. I arranged the layers a bit. Changed the names. Made a new layer between “car” and “road” layer. Named it “shadow“.
  11. Using black-to-nothing radial gradient we will create a shadow. Gradient as shown.
  12. Using Transform Tool (CTRL+T) Transform it like this.
  13. Now I created a new layer, “Shadow 2“. Using soft black brush with 30% opacity I painted underneath the car, as shown on this picture.

  14. Now again I created a new layer, “Shadow 3“. By holding CTRL and clicking on car’s layer image in layers window you make it a selection. Now on “Shadow 3” just paint on the line where the car touches the ground. Again with soft black low opacity brush. Experiment with opacity, scale, hardness to achieve different results.

  15. Two new layers, “Tire shadow 1” and “Tire shadow 2“. Just paint a bit underneath tires.

  16. Duplicate “Road” layer by RIGHT CLICK > Duplicate or by selecting it than hitting CTRL+J.
  17. Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map. Black to white.
  18. CTRL+L to level it. Level it as shown. (0 ,0,52 ,235)
  19. Image > Adjustments > Photo Filter. Cooling Filter (LBB) on 43%.
  20. Put that layer to “Hard Light” blending mode and around 80% opacity.
  21. Add a mask to it by clicking on add mask button. Radial gradient it as shown. Black to white.
  22. Place “Lights” picture.
  23. Filter Blur > Gaussian blur. After that just level it (CTRL+L) as shown. (0, 0,87, 217)
  24. Erase black parts.
  25. Transform it to fit on the light.
  26. Put it on Lighten blending mode.
  27. Play a bit with eraser, try to get it looking realistic.
  28. Duplicate light layer (CTRL+J) and transform it to fit the little light.
  29. Again, play a bit with Eraser Tool (E).
  30. Now we duplicated the light again but this time we transformed it this way.
  31. CTRL+Click on car’s layer icon to make a selection. After that delete light parts so this last light only is visible on the road.
  32. Erase it a bit more.
  33. Duplicate light. Transform it this way.
  34. Make a car selection again and delete light that’s visible on the car.
  35. Transform it a bit.
  36. Again , delete unnecessary parts of light.
  37. Now make a random selection but track the light with it. I used Lasso Tool (L)
  38. Right click on selection > Feather.
  39. Fill it a few times with any color on low opacity (30%).
  40. Filter > Render > Difference Clouds.
  41. Image > Adjustments > Gradient Map.
  42. Levels. (CTRL+L)
  43. Soft Light on blending mode, 60% opacity.

And that’s it for today. When designing something just try to be slow as possible so the quality of your work increases.

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