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How to make a car illustration (step-by-step)
Tutorials Drawing 1991 May 14th, 2019

Car illustration Photoshop tutorial - in this tutorial I will show you how to make illustrations in Photoshop using a car vector silhouette and appling color to it. Follow this tutorial and you will create a very cool vintage car illustration that you can print as a poster.

In the tutorial I will use the PNG car shapes from a free package, but you can also use the vector car silhouettes. This will allow you to make the car illustration as big as you want without loosing any detail when printing at 300dpi.

Let's make a car illustration in Photoshop. Just follow this tutorial and you will get this beautiful result in less than 10 minutes.

When making layout designs like posters, it is better to use a grid. Press Control+' to show grid. Use a Photoshop Grid to align your design elements.

Car Illustration Car Illustration Vector

Create a Background Layer

Create a new layer and fill it with color white. Call this layer Background.

Car Silhouette (Brushes, Shapes & PNG)

Add one of these free Car Silhouette PNG images in a new layer. Go to File > Place and choose a car silhouette. I used the "car-silhouette-2.png" from this pack.

This pack also contains car brushes, car shapes and car PNG images.

Car Silhouette

Press Shift-Control-Alt-E to merge the two layers.

Car Silhouette Vector

Pick the Magic Wand Tool and check Contiguous. Then click on the white background (top left corner) to make a selection.

Make Selection in Photoshop

Press Shift-Control-I to invert the selection.

Invert Selection in Photoshop

Press Control-J to make a copy and call it Car Shape. Move this layer below the Car PNG 2 layer.

Delete the Merged Layers layer.

Illustration Coloring in Photoshop

Learn how to color a scanned drawing in Photoshop or how to color lineart in Photoshop in just a few steps.

So, we now have three layers: the background, the car shape and the car silhouette. First add a Color Overlay to the background layer using any color you like. I used the color #ffaf32 for the background.

Color a Drawing in Photoshop

Add a new layer above the Car Shape layer and call it Coloring. Right click and choose Create Clipping Mask.

Coloring in Photoshop

Use the Brush Tool and a hard round brush to color the car illustration.

Coloring in Photoshop

Add Drop Shadow

Let's add a Drop Shadow Photoshop effect.

Press Control-J to duplicate the Car Shape layer. Rename the Car Shape and call it Shadow.

Press Control-T and resize the shadow.

Cast Shadow in Photoshop

Add a Color Overlay layer style using the color #624820 for the shadow.

Cast Shadow in Photoshop

Car Illustration in Photoshop | Final Result

So, here is the final result for the car illustration. You can use different color tones for the car illustration.

Car Illustration Vector

Free Posterize Photoshop Action

Another cool photo effect is the posterize photo effect that you can make in Photoshop using this free action.

Posterize Photoshop
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