Working with Layers – Altered Car Photos

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With the help of Photoshop Elements, or any other program like that, a car can be altered in all sorts of interesting ways. The first one I tried was creating “Toy” cars. I started with The Car Guy’s Corvette.

1-corvette-pieces1Basically it involves cutting the photo of the car into five vertical strips that extend from the top to the bottom of the photo, making a layer out of each strip. Then, starting at the front of the car, some of the strips are left full width (the front and back wheel sections), while the rest of them are made narrower (highlight the layer, and drag the arrow from the front to the back.

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I did this several times until I had reduced the front, middle and back strips by about 50%. When the strips are moved into place, the car is shortened into a “Toy” car. If you want to include some landscape on either end of the car, cut those into strips too, but don’t alter them.

corvette

This all sounds much easier than it is… it is tricky to get the narrowed strips to match up properly with the unaltered ones. This technique worked very well with the Corvette, since it is such a long car.

I also shortened a PT Cruiser.

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PT Cruiser

It is also possible to change the color of the car, etc. One site with tutorials for manipulating car photos is The Photoshop Bible.  Another is Photoshop car tutorials.

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