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Old September 30th, 2003, 09:54 PM   #1
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Tutorial: -=Color Matching=-

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Originally posted by SteinStein on September 30th, 2003 at 06:32 PM

you should do a tutorial on matching the color when adding parts from other pics to your car. (example: adding a blue bumper to a blue 350z and then makeing them the same color)
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Before I begin, let me say that this tutorial might NOT work for everyone. I will just show you basically how I go about matching colors.

Tip:
Picking donor pics with SIMILAR angles and light sources, will make color matching go MUCH easier.

There's no exact SCIENCE to matching colors. Hell, some pics are just plain IMPOSSIBLE to match.


Tip:
Try to Avoid BLACK cars to chop FROM. They are ok to chop ONTO, but it will still be difficult to Match the black and keep it looking real.
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Ok, here's what I chose for this tutorial.
For this, we are going to transfer the MAZDA SPEED BUMPER onto the Accord.





(notice how the angles are somewhat similar)
Because the silver in each of these cars are of different hues, the steps in this tutorial should in theory work for different colors. [ie. Red to blue, yellow to green, etc....]
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Ok now that the HARD part is over, (yes, you heard me right.) now for the FUN part!

-First SELECT the bumper using the "POLYGON LASSO TOOL" (or whatever LASSO tool you are more adept with)


Tip:
After you make the whole selection, make sure that you cut out the "black" holes later on (grill areas) before you start color matching. You don't want to end up with "colored" black spots....
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Next, Copy your selection onto the BASE picture (the Accord in our case).




Place the bumper to your own preference. I tend to follow the lines of the original bumper to keep realistic proportions.


Tip:
If you plan on TRANSFORMING (streching) the bumper, do so, but with caution. Don't get too crazy with it, because remember.....these layers are NOT Vector. They WILL LOOK DISTORTED AND PIXELATED if you Strech too far.
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Now that the basic stuff is done, on to what you came here for.

C O L O R M A T C H I N G !!!

( ^thats 5whole minutes of my life I'll never get back.... )

Anyways....


Before we actually CHANGE ANYTHING......
We must first examine and analyze our picture so far:




As you can see, the 2 colors are slightly different.
-The Mazda Speed Bumper is slightly darker, and less saturated in color than the Accord
-The Accord looks Silver, BUT!, it has a slight MAGENTA hue to it. With some added BLue's and Cyans in there.


Make sure that the MAZDA SPEED BUMPER Layer is Selected.

Now, we go to IMAGE>ADJUSTMENTS>COLOR BALANCE.




[This part is MOSTLY trial and error....but since we noticed that MAGENTA was the primary color in the BASE pic, that took out a chunk of the "guess" work]

Move the Middle bar over to the MAGENTA side, until you get a desired tone.

Tip:
Don't just change the color balance on the MIDTONES. Go to Shadows and add some Magenta, and also to the Highlights.

BUT don't take this like its written in stone. Just see if it works with the colors. If it does, good. But if not, then just dont' do it.


Also, you can add some slight BLUE and maybe some CYAN as well, throughout the Ranges (SHADOW, MIDTONE, HIGHTLIGHT)
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OK we're almost done!

Now that we've got the BASIC COLOR on the bumper, we still need to adjust one thing.



The LEVELS.



The Bumper is still kind of Dark, so we're going to have to mess with the settings.

Tip:

OK...Crash Course in LEVELS Settings.

The VERRRY BOTTOM level bars control the overall Brightness/Darkness of the pictures (kind of like Exposure)

The 3 Arrows:

The FAR LEFT arrow: Controls the Shadows of the image.
-Move it to the left, the DARKER the image gets

The MIDDLE arrow: Controls the Midtones.
-Move it to the Left, the BRIGHTER the image gets.
-Move it to the Right, the DARKER the image gets.

The FAR RIGHT arrow: Controls the Hightlights
-Move it to the Left, the Darker the Image gets



OK, for this chop, we're gonna need to make it brighter.
So, lets move the MIDTONEs arrow to the Left a bit.
(Move it until you get the desired MATCHING brightness. You'll know when to stop...)


Experiment and mess with the HIGHLIGHT and SHADOW arrows. You'll get interesting results.






SIDE NOTE:
Some of you may be wondering why I didn't just choose the "Brightness/Contrast" menu....

Well, you can use this if you wish, but I choose the LEVELS menu, mainly because it keeps the saturation in proportion to the colors. The "Brightness/Contrast" just makes itok look uneven.
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After all of that, you should have what looks like a SIMILAR Looking Colored Bumper.





Again, There's no set Rule on Color Matching. So if this tutorial didn't work out for you, dont' get discouraged. Just get a basic understanding of what the tools do and what they are capable of, and you'll soon develop your own way of matching colors.



But yea, if I could give you guys 1 last tip, it'd have to be:

DON'T STOP COLLECTING CAR PICTURES!!!!! HIGH RES CAR PICTURES!!!






....and then give them to me
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Great tutorial

The lasso apart is the only hard thing to do . Everything else is easy and fun .

You seem to be good at this Ryan, *cough* CW bumper *cough*



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Old September 30th, 2003, 10:13 PM   #9
 
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thanks man , that really looks like it can help me out, i noticed some things i do different that yours might work i am gonna have to try this out
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Thanks that was helpful!
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Great tutorial Ryan
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Good job, one thing I might add, is sometimes, ill take a fade eraser and fade the top part of the body work to blend into the original work, this helps sometimes if you don't match the colors perfectly.
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