The next step in our Hippy Bus conversion is to replace those hideous wheel rims from the wheels we added to our bus earlier on.
Although they started out ok, all the colour correction the tires had to go through meant that they ended up looking muggy and grey, so now we will replace them with shiny new ones, whilst allowing the drop shadow from the arches to affect them.
Step 1 Find an image that contains the wheel rims you would like your car to have and select, copy and paste just the rim into your image.
Step 2 Use the Picker tool to move the new hub into place; you may have to change the Layer order so that this layer is above any previous mods that you may have performed so that you can see what you are doing with it.
To do this, drag the layer containing the new hub using the left mouse button to the top of the list of layers in the Layer Pane and let go.
Step 3 Now, using the Picker tool once again (activated by pressing ‘K’) you need to transform the new hub so that it fits into your image. U
se the Shear setting for the Picker tool by holding Shift whilst you left click a tag to correct the perspective, then use the Scale mode to alter the size and shape of the image so that it fits properly.
You may also need to flip the hub horizontally to make it fit better; if this is the case hold Control and press ‘M’ to mirror it and then reposition the new rim.
Step 4 Repeat the previous steps for the rear wheel; to make it easier you can copy and paste the transformed version of the wheel rim into the image and move it across. Once this is positioned correctly, right-click the newest layer that you created when you pasted the second wheel into the image and select Merge>Merge Down to put both wheels into the one layer.
Step 5 Rename the layer now to something like ‘Hubs’ or ‘Wheel Rims’ so you can remember what is in the layer.
If you still have the group for the Tires mod that we made earlier you can open up that group and drag this single layer underneath the layer within the Tires group that contains the drop shadows from the Arches to integrate your tires even better.
Step 6 Finally, we want to trim the edges of the wheel rims where they may be covering areas they shouldn’t. Right-click the layer containing this mod and select New Mask Layer>Show All. Use the Brush tool to paint any areas black, and soften the edges of the new rims a little if necessary using a reduced Hardness level in the Brush’s tool bar. In any areas where you may require precise, straight edges use the Freehand Selection tool set to ‘Point to Point’ mode to create a selection of the area you want painting and then fill it with black using the Brush.
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