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Old October 15th, 2003, 06:16 PM   #1
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My Meat & Potatos Project: Prelude

For me, chopping to black is hard as crap so I figure I try to challenge myself in this next chop. While I didn't get it as dark as I wanted to, I did manage to retain most of the Shine and I guess it's ok. Still not quite happy with it though.

Also, Rims + a seperate rotor was chopped. Easy enough. Plus I painted the brake calipers red. (I 4m c00l, j/k)

Try my hand at tinting again. I thought it came out better than my first tint job overall but the side windows on the WRX still look more natural.

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Here's the original:


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<seperate file on my computer that I'm too lazy to upload>


"Not-So-final-but-it'll-have-to-do" product:
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Old October 16th, 2003, 12:03 AM   #2
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good stuff! rotors look a lil small compared to stock though.. ?_?
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Old October 16th, 2003, 12:38 AM   #3
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yeah it is good, but he is right, the rotors looks a little smaller than stock, why dont you change the exhaust that will add some more good looks.....
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Here's what I did.

You did a very good job with yours, but lemme give you some hints on making it easier. Making something black isn't as hard as making something white.

Take your layer, go to Image -> Adjust -> Desaturate. Next go to Image -> Adjust -> Brightness/Contrast. Take the brightness till you reach a level that you like. That's it, quick and dirty way of making your layer black.

The rims chop you did was with the brakes was very good, your only problem is the pic of the rim. It makes it alot easier when you find a pic of a rim directly off a car, when you chop it onto another car it'll look a lot more realistic.

Other than that good job

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Thank you all for your comments and input. It was put to good use. Here's a new improved version based on your suggestions along with a few fixes I thought were bad in the initial chop.

Added a single pipe exhaust:
(Taken from an S2000)


Also, the rotors were fixed and were adjusted to a larger size. Hopefully they are better this time around.

Rims: Hopefully those were fixed. Someone mentioned that they were a little fake so I added some shadow to them. I think they're a lot better now.

Tint: I felt I had the angle wrong on the tint so I fixed it. I believe they are MUCH better in this rendition.

Lowering: I felt the prelude sits at a nice height so no change here.

Also, the color was redone based on Pmantis' comments and they did turn out a lot better. The only thing that sucked was since it was desaturated I lost the "orange" from the sunset. To fix the problem I put a layer of orange over the car and set the blending options to "overlay" in addition to reducing the opacity.

Anyway, here it is, new and improved... let me know what I can do any further to improve it.


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Nice job!

See, you even did something that I forgot. You're right, by desaturating the layer I took out the orange hue that was originally there. Very nice job of putting that back.
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You guys need to transplant in some reflections
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i wish i knew how to do that. . .
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I may be wrong in this suggestion, so please correct me, but it should be easy as takin the refliction from the original and "transplanting" it into the new black pic.
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is there like a tutorial on tinting?
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Thanks for the comments and suggetions guys... they really helped. Now to answer a few of your questions...


Slimtwigmj said "I may be wrong in this suggestion, so please correct me, but it should be easy as takin the refliction from the original and "transplanting" it into the new black pic."

- the only thing with that is, while it may work. It doesn't look natural enough (which seem contrary). Because the reflection is caused by a non tinted window so the light reacts differently. If you look a very dark tinted window, you'll see the reflection is very more defined and such. But if it's a quick job, yes you could probably just transfer the reflection over.

Lowincash: Tuts on tinting.. I can't remember where I learned it but check out either clubsi.com's photoshop area or photoshopchop.com. They both have tint tutorials but one of them is really good (the method I'm using, but not good at), and one is really stupid (i think they said, just adjust the brightness).


I know that I'm probably making tinting a lot complicated than it is but I've seen some really nice turn outs using that method.
There's the base black tint layer, then the glare layer, the spackle layer (to make the window more natural as opposed to showroom clean), then there's the reflection layer.

Still workin' on that method though...
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When converting to black paint, its going to be nearly flat black unless you transplant some reflections... Adding lighting highlights wont help, it will still be a matte finish...maybe ill do a black color change later.
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this thread makes me want to get back into shoppin'!
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When converting to black paint, its going to be nearly flat black unless you transplant some reflections... Adding lighting highlights wont help, it will still be a matte finish...maybe ill do a black color change later.
Oh i thought you were talking about the reflections on the window.

I did think about some of the reflections on the body of the car but Im unsure how to do it cleanly (or rather.. easily)
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wow, i really like your guy'ses technical discussion on photoshop techniques.

good stuff. You guys make me want to keep chopping
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