To continue making our hippy van look ever cooler we need to add things that are generally only on cars that cost a lot of money.
One of these is the obligatory side-vent that most supercars have these days, so here’s how to add these must-haves to your beloved vehicle with Paint Shop Pro X2.
Step 1 Find the vents you want, preferably in a picture taken from a similar perspective to your own picture (this will make things easier in terms of transformation) and select them using the Freehand Selection Tool. Once you have one selected, press Control and ‘C’ to copy it and then return to your own car and press Control and ‘V’ to paste it in.
Step 2 Rename the Raster layer that you just pasted so that you will know exactly what it is when it is in a long list of mods. Activate the Picker tool (‘K’) and move the piece roughly into place and scale to roughly the size that you want.
Step 3 Reduce the layer opacity so that you can see your car and the vent simultaneously using the slider above the Layer Mode in the Layers pane.
Then, place your mouse over one of the tags in the middle of one of the verticals on the selection box and hold shift before clicking.
Hold the shift and left mouse buttons whilst moving your mouse up and down until the bottom line of your vent is parallel with the bottom of your car.
Step 4 You can now fine-tune the position of your vent so that it isn’t interfering with any seams in the bodywork etc. of your car. Then right-click the layer and select New Mask Layer>Show All and select your brush by pressing ‘B’.
Step 5 Use your brush to paint all the areas of your layer mask black that are above areas that will cover details on your car or parts of the floor. Notice I also removed the large highlight along the top of mine too, as this will give away the fact that the vent was pasted in. You can now return your layer to 100% opacity.
Step 6 Press Shift and ‘L’ to access the Colourise tool; this will allow you to colour the vent in one step. Use the Hue slider to find the rough colour that your car is at the moment and take a look at the colours either side of the one you are using; which way will make the car darker or lighter, more green or red and other factors. Then, try to match your colour by nudging the Hue setting one notch at a time towards the colour of your car, play around with the Saturation as well if it’s necessary, though I didn’t have to.
Step 7 Now we just need to blend our vent in a little more successfully along the top edge. To do this, return to your Mask layer and select the brush, though with 0 Hardness this time. Then, select a mid-grey and start painting along any areas that currently make your vent look artificially introduced; sudden highlights and mismatched colours are the main giveaways at this step.
Step 8 Finally, if like me you have a door seam running through the vent that you just pasted in you can use the Clone Brush to remove it. Select the Clone Brush (‘C’) and right-click an area only just to one side of the line (use a small brush for this sort of detail work), then left-click on the line on the same latitude as your sample. Remove the line and use the clone brush to blend in this edit if needs be, and there you should have it; nice big vents in the side of your car to make it look more like a sports car.
In 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.