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Hotrod Photoshop guide

Published July 19th, 2013

A quick example how to blend to different photos together in Photoshop.

Those 2 shots where taken in different locations and different time of the day, so I wanted to show you guys how it was done :)

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Original photo 1

This shot was taken close to sunset, and is the base/background for the project.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Original photo 2

I liked the angle of the hotrod, and the flames, but the background with people and other cars was pretty boring. This was taking about noon.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Step 1

Using the Path tool to cut the car free of the background.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Step 2 - Adding shadows

Adding shadows under the car to make it stand on the ground.
Just create a new layer and set the blending mode to Linear Burn, turn the Fill down to 50-60 percent, and then use a soft brush with 10-15 percent opacity.

Linear Burn is my favorite blending mode for shadows, much more realistic colour blend than multiply.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Step 3 - Retouching

I used healing brush and clone stamp to remove some of the reflections in the paint, and the grass on the tire.
I also added a shadow to the bottom side of the car.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Step 4 - Light

I added some light to the front of the car to make it blend in a bit more.
This was done by choosing a bright yellow colour and a very large brush. Then set the layer to overlay.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec
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Step 5 - Color grade

This last step is a matter of taste.
For this I just used "Color look-up". I think it's a new thing in CS6, and it's an very easy way to do some dramatic changes to a photo.

I also added another Curve layer to make the colors warmer. And then i used a brush to create some vignette.

  • July 18th, 2013
  • Canon EOS 550D
  • 12mm / f/5 / 1/500 sec

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80SIX
Svend Damsgaard  over 4 years ago

Thanks man :) Yeah it's great fun to Photoshop.

ghutch1019
Gary Hutchison  over 4 years ago

Nice job. I love doing projects like this.