Tattoo Your Car in Photoshop

    ●   Create an interesting decal in Photoshop.

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• This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild car design project.

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Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

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Step #1: Open your Project in Photoshop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

Step #2: Find a Tattoo ~

Go on the internet and search for tattoo designs or any other design that works for you …

… try and find a black and white image, but don't be affraid to try anything - copy and paste it into your work.

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Step #3: Select the White Background ~

Get the Rectangular Marquee Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut letter (m) …

… Right-Click and select Color Range.

Click in the white area of the tattoo ON THE IMAGE.

When you press OK, notice how it selects everything that matches the color you selected like this:

Step #4: Delete the Selected Area ~

Hit Delete: backspace (or Backspace on a Windows keyboard) …

… and hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+D to deselect the Marching Ants.

Step #5: Free Transform Mode ~

Now hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+T or go to: Edit > Free Transform and hold down the Cmd(⌘) key cmd key

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The Cmd(⌘) cmd keykey allows you to distort the image and make it fit your composition.

Step #6: Layer Styles ~

Click on the fx at the bottom.

Start with Bevel and Emboss first …

Step #7: Add Effects to the Layer ~

Try Inner Glow or Stroke or anything else you want. Just Try it!


Each setting can be modified by clicking on the words. The variations are endless.

Stlyes and Blending Options can make your work look really interesting!

Blending Options give depth and expression to your work.


Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as …  and save the image as a .psd file - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd


Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.