STEP 1

Create a new document with settings for example 3000 pixels wide X 2300 pixels high. From the tool palette, select the Brush Tool (B), and then select the icon: "Pressure", thanks to that the pen tablet will respond to your pressure so as to obtain a smooth line brush. In the settings, choose size "3" tip hard. In the tab "Layers": double-click on the first layer (Background). Draw two perspective lines as it is presented on a picture.

  • COLORS: background: grey, lines: yellow
  • TOOLS: brush tool (B),
  • SETTINGS: size 3, opacity: 100%,

STEP 2

In this tutorial I decided to draw Maserati Zagato A6. If you still don't feel good in sketching, for practicing purposes I suggest to use one of the reference photos of this model. Start sketching a car.

  • COLORS: sketch: black #000000,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: tool size 3, opacity 100%,

STEP 3

Here is just a simple example how to draw wheels. The basic thing is to keep the ellipses in correct position to the perspective lines. Also, as I showed on the picture, there are 3 size-different ellipses that creates a basic shape of the wheel.

  • COLORS: black #000000,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b), ellipse tool
  • SETTINGS: tool size 3, opacity 100%,

STEP 4

Copy your front wheel and paste to the document, next resize it and rotate it to correctly add at the end place it in the back of the car.

  • COLORS: black #000000,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b),
  • SETTINGS: copy & paste

STEP 5

Create a new layer. Redo the previous step, giving even more shade. Remove unnecessary brush strokes.

  • COLORS: black #000000,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: layer/sketch opacity: 25%

STEP 6

Pick up light grey color, choose brush tool and apply in the place where the cockpit will be. Erase unnecessary parts as it's shown on the picture.

  • COLORS: grey (#747476),
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b), eraser tool
  • SETTINGS: set eraser tool as hard

STEP 7

Set up soft eraser tool with the settings: size 120 px and 10% opacity. Erase little bit the edges of the windshield.

  • COLORS: ---
  • TOOLS: soft ellipse tool,
  • SETTINGS: tool size: 120px, opacity: 10%

STEP 8

Do the same thing as in the previous steps, but this time with the front grill.

  • COLORS: grey (#747476),
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b), eraser tool
  • SETTINGS: set eraser tool as hard

STEP 9

Now it's time to apply basic body car color. In this example it is a pure red. Add color to the whole body and erase outer parts marked with the yellow contour. You can use "Paths tool" if you want.

  • COLORS: red
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b), hard eraser tool
  • SETTINGS: tool size 50px, opacity 100%

STEP 10

Here is an effect of the previous step. As you can see, the form of the car body has got a clear shape now.

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  • TOOLS: ---
  • SETTINGS: ---

STEP 11

Now let's create a shadow under the car. To do that simply add a new layer and place it under the one where the basic car body color is. Then select grey color, use brush tool and draw it as it is shown on the picture.

  • COLORS: grey,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b),
  • SETTINGS: size 50, opacity 100%,

STEP 12

Pick up dark grey color and add some more details to the cockpit. To do that you can simply use the same method as before: 1. apply a color, 2. erase unnecessary elements. Shape it and create a depth.

  • COLORS: dark grey,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: method: apply + erase

STEP 13

Let's focus on our wheels little bit more now. At first, add a light grey stain to the center part of the wheels. We have also created a basic shapes for the future headlights.

  • COLORS: lighter grey #888888, white
  • TOOLS: airbrush tool,
  • SETTINGS: size 70, opacity 80%

STEP 14

This time we will paint a bottom part of a tire using a dark grey color. You can do it with a Brush tool as well as Airbrush tool. Experiment with the tool settings.

  • COLORS: dark grey,
  • TOOLS: brush tool or airbrush tool
  • SETTINGS: size 30-60, opacity 60%-90%

STEP 15

Add some depth to the bottom of your render by applying very dark grey or even black color under the car body and in the middle of the wheels.

  • COLORS: very dark grey or black
  • TOOLS: brush tool, airbrush tool
  • SETTINGS: size 10-50, opacity 50%-100%

STEP 16

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  • COLORS: white, red,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: hard tip, size 3, opacity 100%,

STEP 17

Apply more details and shadows to the head and rear lights. Experiment with different designs and forms of the lamps. When creating the lights, try to be very precise. Use the tool: Zoom (Z) to zoom in and out the project.

  • COLORS: white, black, orange, red,
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: hard tip, soft tip, size 3-10, opacity 50-100%

STEP 18

From the color palette, choose a much darker color than the main color (#473c00). Select a brush with a soft tip, or brush, called the Square (coal), size 100, opacity 10-20%. Apply the color until you are satisfied with your shadow. Remove unnecessary brush strokes using the Eraser tool with a soft tip and set the order of 20-40% transparency. Do the same thing as above but using much lighter color. This gives you intense reflection of the body.

  • COLORS: darker #473c00 + lighter
  • TOOLS: square (coal) tool, eraser tool,
  • SETTINGS: tool size 100, opacity 10-20%,

STEP 19

In this stage, I want to show how to perform a smooth transition of color tones. First select the decidedly darker shade of the main color. Choose the brush tip: Square (coal) and set the size 40-50, with 25-30% opacity. Apply a layer to the car body.

  • COLORS: dark yellow, brown
  • TOOLS: square (coal) tool
  • SETTINGS: size 40-50, opacity 25-30%

STEP 20

Now select the Eraser tool with a soft tip and set the parameters for: size - 100, opacity 10-15%. Then start removing one part of the film, creating a smooth transition from darker to lighter. Look carefully at your project and think where else you can add or enhance the shadows. If you find such places - apply them there.

  • COLORS: no color
  • TOOLS: eraser tool,
  • SETTINGS: tool size 100, opacity 10-15%

STEP 21

Create a new layer and put it on top of the other layers containing the entire "body" of the vehicle. Choose black color and set the brush on 3, opacity 100%. Now create a sketch of a car mirror. Next apply yellow color and add shading.

  • COLORS: black, yellow, dark/light tones
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: sketch: size 3, opacity 100%

STEP 22

Continue sketching and add more details to the car mirror. To create lines defining the shape of the door or door handle, use the Pen tool and create a path. Next, set brush tool size at 3 and opacity to 100%. Go to "Path" tab, and click on the "Stroke path with brush" Of course you can do it manually however, make it possible to adjust the path of the line in case of committing any errors. In the same way add lighter lines slightly displaced from the previous one, so that the effect of the cavity is obtained.

  • COLORS: black, light dark, very light yellow
  • TOOLS: pen tool brush, path tool,
  • SETTINGS: tool size 3, "path tab" -> "stroke path with brush"

STEP 23

We're going back to the wheels for a moment. On a new layer in the layer group (wheels), add a clear reflection of light brown color at the top of the tire and shadow on the bottom. Erase unnecessary parts. In addition to better effect, you can add the grooves in the tire.

  • COLORS: light brown
  • TOOLS: soft brush tool
  • SETTINGS: size 5-10, opacity 10-15%

STEP 24

Create a new layer. Choose a color of bright orange and select soft brush tool and set size of 100-150, opacity 10-30%. Apply color on upper part of the car body.

  • COLORS: bright orange
  • TOOLS: soft airbrush tool
  • SETTINGS: tool size 100-150, opacity 10-30%

STEP 25

Erase unnecessary parts using eraser tool.

  • COLORS: no color
  • TOOLS: eraser tool
  • SETTINGS: large size, opacity 100%

STEP 26

Choose a white or very light tone of yellow and create a chrome strip around the side window. Best for this purpose is to use a previously created path with a glass and trace it. Remember to set the brush stroke size of 3px.

  • COLORS: white or very light yellow
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: tool size 3, opacity 100%

STEP 27

On a new layer create a path like in the image and then go to "Path" tab and click the button "Load path as a selection". From the color palette, select a white color. Set the opacity of 80% and size of 70-100. Paint over the top of the selection creating intense reflection on a glass.

  • COLORS: white
  • TOOLS: soft brush, airbrush
  • SETTINGS: tool size 70-100, opacity 80%

STEP 28

Continue sketching. Add more details and reflections to the head and rear lamps, apply more shadows and highlights.

  • COLORS: white, red, grey
  • TOOLS: brush tool (b), airbrush
  • SETTINGS: size 3-15

STEP 29

Choose a white color from the color palette. Select a soft brush, size: 150-200, opacity 100%. Create a new layer and place it on top of all the other layers). Paint on all edges, creating the light around the vehicle.

  • COLORS: white #ffffff
  • TOOLS: soft brush tool, airbrush
  • SETTINGS: tool size 150-200, opacity 100%

STEP 30

Create a layer. Select the hard brush, size 30-40, opacity 30%. Draw on the whole car body by controlling the pressure of the pen tablet thus you get the effect of "glassiness" body. Erase unwanted brush strokes using Eraser tool.

  • COLORS: white
  • TOOLS: brush pen tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: tool size 30-40, opacity 30-50%

STEP 31

Repeat whole process by adding lights and reflections on both wheels (rims). Experiment with contrasts and tones: Image --> Adjustments --> Levels

  • COLORS: white
  • TOOLS: brush pen tool (b)
  • SETTINGS: tool size 30-40, opacity 30-50%

STEP 32

Continue sketching. At this point, I have added another color to the body - this time orange. You can also adjust some nice filters if you like.

  • COLORS: orange
  • TOOLS: airbrush tool
  • SETTINGS: size 50-100, opacity 5-15%

STEP 33

Save current project to jpg format. Next select the file from the folder you have saved the jpg image and drag it into the Photoshop program (in to the same document). Place the layer with the image at the top and select: Edit --> Transform --> Flip Vertical. Drag and drop the bottom of the car just like in the picture.

  • COLORS: no color
  • TOOLS: save, copy, paste, rotate
  • SETTINGS: save it as a jpg file

STEP 34

Select the layer with jpg file. Click the button "Create a layer mask" --> select the Gradient tool --> set the gradient to: White to transparent. After that simply drag the mouse from the bottom to the top of the vehicle and create the effect imitating a reflection on the floor.

  • COLORS: gradient: white -> transparent
  • TOOLS: gradient tool
  • SETTINGS: drag and drop gradient tool

STEP 35

First of all save the project as a psd and jpg files and then open it again. Now you can experiment with the filters available in the menu bar "Filters". Add some more details as you wish and sign your work. Thanks for watching - Marcin 🙂

  • COLORS: -
  • TOOLS: filters from the menu
  • SETTINGS: experimental settings