In this tutorial, we are going to create a dark and atmospheric car scene. The result of it, is something in semblance of Batman’s dark ‘bat mobile.’ The effect attempted, is to give the car image more solidity or weight visually wise.
First off, load this picture of the Peoguet Parna. It was downloaded from rocketdock.com. You can also download more free car images from getcarwallpapers.com. The actual size of this picture is 841 by 595 px and so this will be the dimensions we’ll work with in our tutorial.
Now select the Pen Tool (P) and trace out the car along with the ground itself. Select the the Layer Mask button (the third button from the left, right below the Layers Palette) to make a layer Mask.
On the menu bar and select Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation and set the Hue to -147 and the saturation to -80.
The end result is a light bluish tint on the car.
Open the “drought” texture that will be used for the background. You can get more textures such as these for free at www.megatex.nl. This texture came from the texture pack they supplied to my 2005 cover disk for Computer Arts. Adjust the image size to the appropriate size that would fit the current workspace and then used Shift+Ctrll+U to desaturate the texture.
Now drag the texture over to the car image making sure the texture layer appears below the car layer.
Make a copy of the Mask layer and name it “car copy.”
Selecting the “car copy2” layer, reduce the brightness of the car by -10 and increase the contrast by 5.
Select the texture layer and reduce the brightness by -60 and increasing the contrast by 10.
The result would look like this:
Proceed to add a lowly lit background for the texture layer “bg texture” by selecting; Filter>Render> Ligthening Effects and choosing the light type as Spotlight.
It turns out like this:
This might seem like a step overdone, but still go on ahead to Filter>Render> Lightening Effects and select the light type as Omni. Lighten up the already lit background. This is to create a subtle gradation of light.
Yet again, darken the background texture with the brightness at -10 and the contrast at 10.
Select the “car layer” and darken it by reducing the brightness by -20 and the increasing the contrast by 5.
Select the Brush Tool (B) from the Tools Panel, setting the brush property at Soft Light and the Opacity at 90%.
Now go to the Brushes Palette. If you don’t have this enabled, just hit “F5” or go to Window> Brushes. On the Brush Presets, click on Texture and select the Granite texture. Also, check Invert and scale the texture to about 107%.
Still on the Brush Presets, click on the Dual Brush Preset and then pick Splatter (27 px) with the mode set to Darken. Other settings under the Presets are; spacing:6%, Scatter: 512% and Count:1.
Here’s the result when the brush is applied with simple clicks or taps (as in my case with a laptop).Donot applied the brush with swipes or the splattering effect wouldn’t show through.
Select the Burn tool (O) and choose the Range as Shadows.
Use the Burn tool to darken the edges of where the Splatter brush was used.
Also use the Burn Tool to darken the top edges of the car that appear to have a whitish outline.
Select the Blur Tool or click on (R).Set the brush size to 31px and strength to about 70%.
With a swipe or two, use the Blur tool to blur the light reflection that runs from the bonnet of the car and across the windshield (windscreen that is). This is to make the edges of the refleciton of light looking to sharp in this dark composition. Also apply a blur below the right hand corner of the picture.
Apply a Color Layer Fill to the image by going to the Layers Palettes, selecting the fourth icon from the left .Then selecting Solid Color (#515355). That done, set the Blend Mode for the Color Fill Layer to Soft Light.
To project the car as being blended with the background as against “sticking out.” Double click the first car layer to enable the Layer Style options. Apply a Drop Shadow effect with the Blend Mode set to Multiply; Opacity at 85; Angle at -40; Distance at 16px; Size at 15.
There we have it, a “bat mobile” inspired Peoguet Prana!
By David Ella Ella