Photoshop Tutorial: Making Mini Cars



In this tutorial we will have fun making mini cars that still look realistic. It is fairly simple and only requires moderate skills in using layer masks. The tutorial is done using CS3 but can be done with most version of Photoshop. Shortcut keys are for PC users. If you can't use layer masks (which I will not explain as I am assuming that you know how) then carefully use the eraser.


End result:
Making Mini Cars Final Image

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avatar solkee

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Step 1

Source used - http://www.flickr.com/photos/guano/414733876/
Thanks Guano for the great image.
You can use any image of a car but it is best to start with a straight profile, as these are easier.


Step 2

Let’s crop the image, removing the top and bottom one thirds as they are not needed. Duplicate the background layer. Rename this layer “Mini car”. Now we must Free Transform (Ctrl + T) the Mini car layer, grab the right side and shrink it by moving it to the left about two thirds of the way.


Step 3

Hide the Mini car layer. Now back on the Background layer using the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), start at the petrol cap and create a rectangle making sure to go past the back of the car and below the tyre. Copy and paste this to a new layer and name it “rear wheel”. Move this layer to the top. With all layers visible it should look like this.


Step 4

Now hide the background image. Free transform the Rear wheel layer and lower the opacity to 70%. This is where the fun begins. Position the wheel carefully so that the rear wheel arch is nearly in the same place. I used the rear bumper line as a guide. I also made sure that the front of the wheel arch didn’t cover the air intake.


Step 5

Now bring the opacity back to 100% and create a layer mask (click on the rectangle with the circle in it at the bottom of the layer’s window). Using a 35px brush at 0% hardness and the foreground colour set to black, start removing the areas that are not required. We want to keep the wheel and wheel arch panel. Use a smaller brush of 17px for the areas like the air intake and rear bumper. I also like to hide the Mini car layer when I think I am done to make sure I haven’t left any straight edges so that the image blends better. It should now look like this.


Step 6

Now we will repeat the last process for the front wheel. Hide all layers except the Background layer and using the Rectangular Marquee Tool create a rectangle around the front wheel. Copy and paste this on a new layer, place this layer to the very top and rename it “Front wheel”. Hide the Background layer again and lower the opacity on the Front wheel layer to 70%. Using the front bumper as the guide, move the front wheel into its new position. It should look something like this.


Step 7

Put the opacity back to 100% and create a layer mask for this layer. Using the same brush size and settings as with the previous wheel, remove the areas that are not required. This is how mine looks.


Step 8

We’re getting there, only a few more steps. Now we want to recreate the front air intake on the lower sill. Hide all layers except the Background and on this layer we will select the air intake using the Rectangular Marquee Tool starting from the back of the tyre up to the section of the door. Copy and Paste this to a new layer, place it to the very top and rename it “Sill air intake”. Lower the opacity to 70% and position it so that the rear of the tyres matches. I skewed the rear a little so that if followed the sill lip correctly. To do this, whilst in Free Transform, right click inside the box and click on skew. Then using the centre marker on the right side, drag it down until the sills line up.


Step 9

We just keep repeating the process. Create a layer mask and hide the areas not required. I hid everything above the white of the sill and blended in the rear section just before the rear wheel.


Step 10

Just about there. Create a new layer and name it “Door gap”. Now using the Eyedropper Tool (I) position it over the front door gap just ahead the mirror. It should have sampled the blue colour. Now select the Brush Tool (B) and use the settings 1px 0% hardness click on the line just above the wheel arch. Holding the shift key, position your brush on the bottom of the wheel arch directly below the line and click. You should have a straight line downward. Now go to Filter and click on Blur.


Step 11

All we need to do now is crop the image and we are done.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and the you create some wonderful mini cars of your own.



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29 Comments:

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raketman says:

First tut!

(5 years and 1929 days ago)
avatar Giulia
Giulia says:

thanks solkee! this will come in very handy

(5 years and 1929 days ago)
avatar Kid
Kid says:

I remember this tut, nice job

(5 years and 1929 days ago)
avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

outstanding tutorial loads of fun thanks for resubmitting this

(5 years and 1929 days ago)
avatar RGB
RGB says:

Hey solkee nice tut!

(5 years and 1929 days ago)
avatar Giallo
Giallo says:

HEheh great tut mate. Outstanding

(5 years and 1928 days ago)
avatar Glam0urGirl2007

awesome!!!! LOVE IT

(5 years and 1928 days ago)
avatar Giggles
Giggles says:

Yeah...I remember that!Great tutorial!

(5 years and 1928 days ago)
avatar RichieMB
RichieMB says:

Great fun stuff

(5 years and 1928 days ago)
avatar gopankarichal

Very nice and easy way to create a mini car. Good job author.

(5 years and 1927 days ago)
avatar dreamdriven

good guide. 'll try it.

(5 years and 1927 days ago)
avatar devangel
devangel says:

nice tut

(5 years and 1927 days ago)
avatar loopyluv
loopyluv says:

Very cool

(5 years and 1927 days ago)
avatar Siminho90
Siminho90 says:

nice tut man

(5 years and 1926 days ago)
avatar Giallo
Giallo says:

I used this one for a lesson of PS thanks mate

(5 years and 1926 days ago)
avatar arkncheeze

This was a nice and fun tutorial... And still is ...

(5 years and 1924 days ago)
avatar Warlock
Warlock [banned] says:

First class tutorial!!

(5 years and 1922 days ago)
avatar Tuckinator

AWESOME

(5 years and 1919 days ago)
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unkskitty says:

Awww! It's soooo cute! Great job! Great outcome!

(5 years and 1909 days ago)
avatar Tuckinator

this tutorial is incredibly good to use because after i did this one, my skills with layer masks drasticly improved! thank you solkee!

(5 years and 1900 days ago)
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Guest says:

very fine

(5 years and 1872 days ago)
avatar gitsadr
gitsadr says:

very nice , good job

(5 years and 1827 days ago)
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Guest says:

thx for the tut!!
here is mine: http://img69.imageshack.us/img69/3945/lamborghiniembolado2lg.jpg

source: http://www.carbodydesign.com/archive/2007/10/08-lamborghini-embolado/Lamborghini-Embolado-2-lg.jpg

(5 years and 1795 days ago)
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Guest says:

hehe nice one!

(5 years and 1791 days ago)
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Guest says:

Nice Tut... Check out my mini-cars @ http://krtoon.deviantart.com/gallery/#Krtoons

(5 years and 1644 days ago)
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Guest says:

Name: Taimur Asghar

URL: http://www.psdmaterial.com/

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nice

(5 years and 1641 days ago)
avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Very cool!

(5 years and 1567 days ago)
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This is one of the very few tutorials (from ANY site!) that I really enjoy coming back to and trying over and over.
Very well done Solkee!

(5 years and 1539 days ago)
avatar olseado
olseado says:

Great Tutorial, thank you

(5 years and 1462 days ago)


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