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Bodyshop with Paint Shop Pro - Job 4: Make it a Lowrider

Bodyshop with Paint Shop Pro - Job 4: Make it a Lowrider - In this series of articles using Paint Shop Pro we show you how to pimp up a Camper van and here, in part 4, we work on lowering the chassis to make the van a lowrider. Try following our technique and then using it to max up your own car photos.

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VW Camper lowering the rideOk, so after following our Pimp my Ride series of tutorials you now have a Hippy van with big wheels, big arches and tinted windows, but the wheels look a little silly right now; they’re far too big for a vehicle with that ride height. Maybe we should lower the van to make it look more like a racing car?

Step 1  If you have an ongoing project file like me then you will have to make sure that when we move our car all your previous modifications will move together to fit back onto the car easily once it has been moved.

VW Camper lowering the rideTo do this we need to link them together using the Layer Lock setting. Go into every group/layer you want to take with your body (so, everything except the wheels and their shadows) and in each one press the chain icon in the Layers pane once to put them all in group 1.

VW Camper lowering the rideStep 2 Use the Freehand Select Tool set to ‘Point by Point’ to select the car minus the wheels in the ‘Car’ layer (a duplication of the background layer if this is your starting point). You want to keep the background in the selection too to keep things easier; this way there will be no endless cloning of background features to fill the gap the car used to occupy, so bring the selection right around the top and sides of the image. Avoid taking the floor with you wherever possible, as any tiling that may be there will make it stick out like a sore thumb  when you break the pattern.

VW Camper lowering the rideStep 3 Press ‘K’ to activate the Picker tool, and then slide your vehicle downwards until it is at the ride-height you desire. Pay attention to your wheels and consider whether they’d fit inside the body of the car, otherwise your image will look impossible.

Obviously, there’s something wrong at this point; the mods need to be shifted down back into place, there are parts of the original background version of the car showing, and there’s a strip of the same image showing through the top of the sky where we just moved everything down.

VW Camper lowering the rideStep 4 Now, bring the previous modifications down to fix them back onto the vehicle; the windscreen wipers are a good way to tell when the mods are fully realigned since there is no way they can be fully matched up whilst anything else is out if you linked them properly. It is easier to make sure this step looks right by hiding the wheels, though it is not really necessary.

Step 5 In the ‘Wheels’ group or layer (wherever you have them) create a new Mask layer by selecting Layer>New  Mask Layer>Show All. VW Camper lowering the rideIn the white layer that appears above the wheels use the Paintbrush tool to paint the areas you want to hide with black, it is easier to see where you want to hide them if you change the group/layer’s mode to something such as Luminance. If you make a mistake, paint over the area you want to show again with white, this is easily done by right-clicking to paint if you still have the default colours set up.

Step 6 So now we just have to remedy the damage left over from moving the car; namely the transparencies/leftover parts of the car’s previous location (depending on how you went about it) and the gap at the top of the image.

VW Camper lowering the rideThe latter is easily fixed with the Crop tool, so select that and drag the rectangle out by the corners so that the areas you wish to preserve are inside it; now is also the perfect time to remove any excess foreground that may be present too, which is exactly what I’m doing here. When you are done, double click to crop your image.

Step 7 Finally we need to remove those old car parts that are protruding from behind our new lower-version of the car. To do this, select the Clone Brush tool (‘C’) and enter the layer that used to contain your car before you moved it downwards, which will now only contain the flood and the transparency. Right-click and area of floor that is near the area that is currently empty and then paint over it as you would normally, do this for all the areas that are currently problematic and you should have a perfectly lowered version of your car.

VW Camper lowering the ride

 

VW Camper modifications before and afterIn this series of 10 in-depth image editing tutorials, ePHOTOzine's Michael Bates converts a VW Camper van using Corel Paint Shop Pro. He splits the job into specific elements that you can follow and recreate with your own photos using Paint Shop Pro or any similar image editing program. Click on any of the links below to take you to specific modifications. We hope you enjoy. Please leave comment under each individual section and share the link with as many people as you can, to help promote our tutorials.

Job 1: Wheel arches  
Job 2: Tint the windows  Job 3: Widen the tires
Job 4: Lower the suspension Job 5: Add vents Job 6: Super alloys
Job 7: Spray on decals Job 8: Bodywork Job 9: Body Respray
Job 10: Neon lights

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