Creating A Graffiti Car Wallpaper

This week I decided to do something a like more fun. We are going to create a graffiti wallpaper for a hot looking car.

So to begin we need to make a new document, I chose 1920×1080 but you use the size of your monitor. Fill the document with black and add a Gradient Overlay. Set the gradient to “Marine Biology” if you do not have that it is easy enough to make. Make the starting color #212029, at a fifth of the way through set the color to #212c4a, Then set the Middle color to #4a6194, then the next fifth to #394963, and finally the end color to #182431.

Now Download The car asset here unless you found one of your own. Using the pen tool remove the car from it’s background and add it to our Wallpaper. Make sure to place it in the center.

Next download the Arrow graffiti brushes here. Make a new layer below the car layer. Now using the arrow brushes provided add as many arrows as you like till you get something like below. Finally set the layer fill to 0% and add a gradient overlay. Set the overlay blend to luminosity and the start color to #95ff1c and end color to #78ff1e.

Next make a new layer under the arrows layer and grab your Custom Shape Tool and select Registration Target 2. Then drag out the shape until it completely covers the wallpaper. Now go to the Paths Palette and CTRL+Click the Work path to make a selection. Fill the selection with white. Then Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the radius to 10 to 20 pixels and hit OK. Set the layer blend to overlay. Lastly CTRL+Click the Arrows layer to make a selection, select your eraser tool and set the opacity to 20% and remove some of the sunburst like below.

Now make a new layer under the Arrow layer again now select your brush tool and select “Splatter BOMB” scale it to fit in the wallpaper and click once then select “Splatter GRAFF” and do the same so it looks like below. Set the layer fill to 0% and add a gradient overlay. WE are going to create a custom gradient with a specific color every sixth through the gradient bar. Make the starting color #e17f02, at the second spot set the color to #f9a10b, the third to #fbca25, the next to #fdef74, the fifth to #fed636, and finally the end color to #fee370. Finally set the Gradient blend to color.

Next download the bubbles brush here. CTRL+Click the car layer to make a selection. Using you rectangular marquee tool right click in the selection and choose “Make Work Path…” set the threshold to .5 pixels and hit OK. Now select the bubble brush you just downloaded set the brush size to 35pixels and open the brush dynamics palette. Check the Shape Dynamic Box and set the Size Jitter to 100%. Then Go to the Scattering and set the Scatter to 900% and the Count to 1. Finally Select Other Dynamics and set the Opacity to 50%. Reselect your pen tool and right click in the wallpaper and choose stroke the path using the brush and make sure simulate pressure is not selected. Lastly set the layer blend to overlay.

Now we are going to add a shadow under the car so make a new layer under the car layer and using your eliptical marquee tool make an oval selection under the car. Fill the selection with black. Then go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur set the blur radius to 40 pixels and hit OK. Then set the layer blend to Darker Color.

Now make a new layer above the car layer. Then download the Glowing brushes here. Then using those brushes put a glow spot in both headlights, the centers of each tire, a glow on the end of the rear view mirror, and the end of the fin. Set the layer fill to 0% and add a final gradient overlay. Set the gradient to “Ocean well” if you do not have that it is easy enough to make. Make the starting color #10718c, at a fifth of the way through set the color to #4abaa5, Then set the Middle color to #9cebc6, then the next fifth to #deffde, and finally the end color to #FFFFFF.

And you are done. Sned me a link in my comments to what you cam up with and I will post them here under user submitted!

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