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Exotic car skins and amazing vehicle graphicsits what many desire to personalize, advertise or show off their individuality. We get a lot of emails from people asking us is it possible to design your own truck graphics and the answer may surprise you.

If youre not a graphic designer, were not going to tell you todownload a free vehicle templateand have a go at it on your own. However, as far as designing your own truck graphics, thats definitely possible with the help of a professional who will listen to your input, ideas and ensure the design is your vision, not theirs.

We are experts in truck wrap graphic designs and its also true there are a few websites where you can download free truck templates but for the most part, the model offerings are few and if you dont have the exact template to match the model of your truck, mishaps will occur.

Lets say you have aFord F150and all you can find is a free template for a Dodge Ram 1500close enough right? Wrong!

All pickup trucks have a cab and a bed and are of the single or quad cab variety but body lines are different and vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. Even similar model lines from manufacturers vary. For example, a Dodge Dakota template wont be the same as a Ram. Even a Ford F150 will have subtle design differences than the Ford F350.

Using the wrong templateto design your own truck graphics will mean once you take the design to a professional to recreate it, where youve placed the graphics wont align properly or run over. You may have come up with an awesome graphic for the side of your truck bed, but if youve used a template that has a larger truck bed than your model, the design wont fit.

Even if the sign company trusts your instincts and prints the graphics, once you receive them, installation becomes an issue. Installation problems for truck graphics and wraps can often betraced back to the original design. Your graphics will look great until installation problems start to appear like misaligned seams. Further, generic templates will never account for any aftermarket elements added to your truck.

We have years of experience working with individuals who want to design their own truck graphics and we welcome and adhere to their ideas. Whether our clients want different graphics all over their truck or full body truck wraps likecamouflage or alligator skins, weve been there to help.

Weve also run with designs of a clients vision or idea based on what they want to achieve. For many contractors and fleets, truck graphics are a way to turn their vehicles into 24/7 moving billboard advertisements.

We design based on your input with options from simple vinyl lettering to graphics to partial wraps to full truck wraps. Orchoose our combo packthat includes vehicle vinyl lettering and graphicsalways a great an affordable choice for small business owners that want to turn their trucks into moving pictorials of their business.

A full service sign company is your best choice fo expert input and design process. After all, its your vehicle you want to personalize or your business image and brand you want to buildnot ours. So create that sketch or idea on a napkin or paper and let our in-house designers turn your ideas into the truck graphics you want.

Sure we may make suggestions to ensure the truck wrap and installation are just what you imagined, but your original design idea is the one we base the project on.

As with many of our clients, their truck graphic ideas are transformed with the help of our expert designers and installers. Individuality in designs does break through from your imagination to our design team. Visit our truck graphics photo galleryto get an idea of what weve done for just some of our clients.

So to answer the question, can I design my own truck graphicsyou certainly can! For personalization, to pump your ride or to advertise your business, truck graphics are exploding. Your free consultation is just a click away!

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Create a Pimped Out Truck Using Photoshop andointnd Sottos

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Create a Pimped Out Truck Using Photoshop and Point and Shoot Photos

Making modifications to your car or truck in Photoshop can be a lot of fun. In this tutorial we will demonstrate how to create a pimped out truck modification using photos taken with a simple point and shoot camera, with no advanced lighting setup. Lets get started!

The following assets were used during the production of this tutorial.

Start by opening theTruckin Photoshop. This photo is taken outside using ordinary pocket camera. No fancy lighting or set used in the process. So, its obvious that you can do it yourself.

Activate Paths panels and click Create new path icon to make new path. Use Line tool to draw perspective line by following the cars shape. In the end, you will end up with a two-point perspective. Psdtuts+ has already published a very complete tutorial on drawing perspective. I found out that the best tutorial isHow to Draw with PerspectivefromGavin L. The technique used here is similar to Step 39-44 in the tutorial.

Below you can see the detail. You can see that we can just simply following some straight lines on the truck.

We are going to render the perspective path into a line. First, we need to set the Brush property. Activate Brush tool (B), right click and set its brush size to 5 px with 0% Hardness.

Make new layer. Activate Path Selection tool, right click on the canvas and select Stroke Path. In the next dialog box, select Brush.

Below is the perspective I used in this project.

Before moving on, lets work on its background. Make new layer and draw a radial gradient from white to gray.

Duplicate background by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + J. Perform transformation (Ctrl/Cmd + T). Pull transformation handle down until we have a nice floor.

Activate Eraser tool. Select big brush size and set its hardness to 0%. Erase top part of the floor.

Add Adjustment Layer Hue/Saturation with following settings. This Adjustment Layer will add a nice green color onto the background.

Convert path into selection by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Enter. Hit Ctrl/Cmd + J to put selection into new layer.

Lets start drawing its bumper. First, we need the perspective line to guide our drawing. Place the line on top of the canvas. Following this guide, draw bumper basic shape. No need to worry about shading or highlight. The first important thing is to match its perspective.

After complete working on the perspective, then start painting its highlight. Add new layer. Activate Brush tool with low Opacity setting. Paint white for its highlight and black for its shadow.

Lets hide the new bumper for now by clicking on its eye icon in Layers panel. Select original bumper and then hit Ctrl/Cmd + J to duplicate it to a new layer.

Bring the new bumper back by clicking its eye icon again. Place the duplicated bumper on top of the new bumper. You may need to erase its edge until it blends with the new bumper using a soft Eraser tool.

Make new layer and place it on top of the bumper. Activate Clone Stamp tool. Set sample source to All Layers. Alt-click area similar to the new bumper as clone source and then click on the license plate to cover it. Do this carefully. You may need to use lots of clone source to avoid repeating pattern and get natural result.

Activate brush tool and set its Opacity to 20-35%. Set foreground color to white and draw some highlights on lower part of the bumper.

Lets draw a hole for intercooler inside the bumper. Make new path and then draw a rounded rectangle path on the bumper. Make sure to keep an eye on its perspective. Hit Ctrl + Enter to convert the path into a selection and then fill it with black. Using a soft brush with small Opacity, draw some soft and subtle shadows on left and lower sides of the intercooler. See picture below for reference.

Draw more perspective line to help you draw its side body. I find it convenient to draw using pen tool. It helps to draw precisely. And, if you mess up all you need to do is modify each point using Direct Selection tool.

Convert path into selection and then fill it with 8dab3c.

Make new layer on top of the side body kit. Activate brush tool with low Opacity. Hit D to set foreground and background color to default, black and white. Hit X to exchange these two colors. Paint white to draw highlight on top of the side body kit and black to draw shadow on lower part of the side body kit.

Extend the side body kit. Paint another highlight and shadow on top of it.

Draw a small polygonal selection on fender and fill it with white.

Draw an elliptical shape for its tire.

Alt-drag the shape to duplicate it. Place the tire under rear fender.

Use pen tool to simply draw a polygonal shape for tire sides.

Draw a white elliptical shape. Add layer Style Gradient Overlay.

Draw two overlapping ellipses with color a19b94. Set path mode to Add and Subtract. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay with following settings.

Duplicate crescent shape we have just created and change its color to 353535. Move inner ellipse few pixels away to the left. Place the shape under the original shape. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.

Repeat Step 28. This time change the color to bfbaba.

Repeat previous step. Move the inner ellipse further away. Change the color to 252423. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay to add subtle reflection inside the metal rim.

Now were working on the spokes. Draw another shape behind the rim with color 191919. Make some holes inside the rim by adding elliptical shape with mode Subtract. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.

Activate Brush tool with low Opacity and 0% Hardness. Make new layer and draw subtle reflection of the holes on the rim.

Draw inner side of the hole with color 10100f. Make new layer and paint subtle highlight.

Draw another shape behind the rim with color 232220.

Draw black shape for tire background. Add Layer Style Gradient Overlay.

In Layers panel, Ctrl-click layer shape made in Step 31. Make new layer above the rim. Click Edit Stroke. Set color to white and Width: 2 px.

Use soft Eraser tool to erase some of the stroke line. See picture below for reference.

Draw an elliptical shape with color 323233. Add Layer Style Bevel and Emboss and Gradient Overlay with following settings.

Draw following shape for center of the tire. Add Layer Style Inner Shadow and Gradient Overlay.

Make a new layer. Draw thin black lines on center of the rim and then reduce its Opacity to 10%.

Draw an elliptical shape. Set its Fill to 0% and then add Layer Style Bevel and Emboss.

Lets draw the bolt. Draw a ring shape and rectangle on its center with color 666667. Draw a black circle and rectangle. Subtract it with circle from previous shape. Draw bigger circle behind the bolt for its shadow. Activate brush tool and paint subtle highlight on the bolt.

Below is the finished, viewed in 100% magnification. Put all bolt layers inside a group layer by selecting them and then hit Ctrl + G.

We have placed the bolt layers in a group layer which makes it easier to duplicate. Alt-drag the group to duplicate it. Make some bolts on tire center.

Place bolt, rim, and spoke in a group layer. Duplicate them by Alt-dragging the group layer and place it on top of the other tire.

Make sure to do some minor editing to match perspective on each tire. Below, you can see some subtle difference I made onto the tire. Compared to the right tire, we can see more holes on the left tires spoke. I also add a subtle shadow on upper part of the left tire.

Make new layer and place above all layers. Activate pen tool and draw side wing basic shape. Convert path into selection and then fill it with 98b338.

Do not remove selection yet. Make new layer. Right click and select Stroke. In the dialog box, select white color with size 1 px. Make new layer and draw shadow on lower part of the wing.

Draw a polygonal shape that attached wing onto the side body kit. Paint some highlight and shadow on it to give it realistic appearance.

Make new layer under the wing. Paint soft shadows from polygonal shapes made earlier on the side body.

Before drawing the GT Wing, we need to modify the perspective lines. Draw some vertical lines to help us match the perspective of the spoiler. Psdtuts+ has published another great tutorial on drawing with perspective,Perspective Basics: A Draw-Through Technique, With a Spaceship.

Draw GT Wing basic shape. Make new layer and convert it to Clipping Mask by pressing Ctrl + Alt + G. This way, everything you paint will goes inside the GT Wing. Paint some white and black lines using soft Brush tool.

Draw green shape as seen below. Paint white on top of the shape for highlight and black on its lower part for shadow.

Make new layer and paint GT Wing shadow on the shape.

Lets make a carbon fiber carbon texture. Click File New to make new file. Set its size to 2.000 x 1.500 px.

First we need fiber pattern. Make new file again, this time with size 80 x 30 px.

Activate Gradient tool. On option bar, click the gradient preview box to open Gradient Editor dialog box. Set its gradient from 090909 to 595959.

Select half of the canvas using Rectangular Marquee tool. Shift-drag to fill it with gradient from top to bottom.

Select the other half. Fill it with same gradient but this time with opposite direction.

Lets save it as a pattern. Click Edit Define Pattern. In the next dialog box, name the pattern asfiber.

Close the pattern file. You dont need to save the file because we have saved it as a pattern. Lets return to the bigger file (2.000 x 1.500 px). Click Edit Fill. Set Use: Pattern and select fiber pattern we have just created. Click OK to fill the canvas with fiber pattern.

Click Filter Distort Twirl.

Copy carbon fiber texture we have just created by pressing Ctrl + A to select all then Ctrl + C to save it to clipboard. Ctrl-click GT Wing to make new selection based on its shape. Click Edit Paste Special Paste Into (Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + + Alt + V) to paste texture into selection

Using Brush tool, draw GT Wing base. Add following Layer Styles to add glossy effect onto the shape.

Ctrl-click GT Wing base. Make new layer and then paint shadows from the GT WIng. Below, you can see the difference before and after painting the shadow.

Use Brush tool to draw a polygonal shape on tip of the spoiler base. Add some shadows and highlights onto the shape to give it realistic appearance.

Draw white cable tip using Brush tool on indicated area below. Add following Layer Styles to turn it into a three dimensional shape.

Use Brush tool to draw a simple line and circle for cable and screw.

Repeat Step 67-69 to the other GT Wing base.

Draw shape shown below for basic bumper. Make new layer on top of it. Ctrl-click the layer to make a selection based on its shape and paint subtle highlight using soft Brush tool.

Change Brush to smaller size. Draw a small and subtle highlight on the bumper edge. Then, draw more highlights on other parts of the bumper to make sure the lighting is realistic.

Draw a white elliptical shape on rear bumper. Add following Layer Styles to give it three-dimensional appearance.

Draw a white rectangular shape as a cable tip. Add following Layer Styles.

Draw a white thick line to be used as a cable. Add following Layer Styles.

Use Brush tool to paint cable shadow on the rear bumper.

Draw left tire fender on area indicated below.

Start by drawing fender basic shape. Then, paint its highlight and shadow on different layer.

Remember that we have two wheels. So, lets duplicate the fender by Alt-dragging it.

Opencar seatphoto in Photoshop. Trace the seat using pen tool and set its mode to Add to path area. Trace its inside and then set its mode to Subtract from path area.

Hit Ctrl + Enter to convert path into a new selection.

Drag selection into our truck image. Hit Ctrl + T and then right click the transformation area and select Flip Horizontal. Change its size until it is proportional inside the truck.

Use Brush tool to draw seat belt strap. Paint shadow on top of it to give it a realistic lighting. Paint strap shadow on the seat. Finally, paint black behind the seat.

Make new layer and place it behind the truck. Draw dashboard basic shape. Activate Brush tool and set its Opacity to 30% or lower. Paint white for its highlight and black for its shadow.

Use pen tool to draw a steering wheel with color: 010101. Paint some highlights on its upper side. To make it realistic and not too flat, draw a curve on the steering wheel and paint subtle shadow on it.

Draw a white rectangle for the trucks gear stick. Add following Layer Styles to give it realistic lighting.

On top of the gear stick, draw another shape for its knob. Add following Layer Styles.

Draw a white shape connecting gear stick and its knob. Add following Layer Styles.

Draw two roll bars inside the truck. Add following Layer Styles.

Draw a polygonal shape connecting the roll bar and truck. Draw some holes inside it. Paint some shadows to add realistic lighting..

Draw highlight and shadow on the roll bar using Brush tool. See picture below to see the progress on drawing it.

Draw highlight and shadow on the other roll bar using same technique.

Draw a roll bar above the door. Add following Layer Styles to give it highlights and shadows.

Draw path for side window car glass. Convert it to selection by pressing Ctrl + Enter. Paint white and black using soft Brush with low Opacity. Make more layers and then paint subtle highlight and shadow on the glass.

Repeat the same process to draw right side window.

Duplicate seat and its strap by selecting them and then Alt-drag it. Merge the layer using shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + E. Place the duplicated seat and strap on side window near it. Delete unneeded areas outside the window. Set blend mode to Soft Light and reduce its Opacity to 70%.

Duplicate driver seat and place it on the passenger position.

Make new layer and then draw rear part of the cockpit.

Set foreground color to black and then draw layer shape for rear window hole.

Paint shadow on rear part of the cockpit using Brush tool. Reduce Brush Opacity and then paint subtle shadow behind the seat and on the car glass.

Activate Brush tool with low Opacity. Paint subtle white and black for highlights and shadows on the windshield. I also draw a red rectangle on top of the windshield.

Select upper part of the door. See picture below for reference. Click Image Adjustments Desaturate to remove all its color. Click Image Adjustments Brightness/Contrast. Reduce Brightness and increase Contrast until this part turns to black.

Select front intercooler. Duplicate it to new layer by pressing Ctrl + J. Click Image Adjustments Brightness/Contrast. Decrease Brightness setting to make the intercooler darker.

Select luggage compartment using pen tool. Convert path to selection. Click Image Adjustment Brightness/Contrast and reduce the Brightness.

Do not remove the selection yet. Copy fiber texture we have created in Step 56-63. Paste it inside the selection (Ctrl + Shift + Alt + V). Set blend mode to Overlay with Opacity: 85%.

Draw a rectangle matches with the truck perspective. Make new layer and then paint its highlight and shadow using soft Brush with low Opacity. Draw more shapes inside it. See picture below for reference.

Draw some steps right under the side intercooler. Paint its shadow on the truck. Still using soft Brush tool, paint highlight and shadow on the steps.

Draw a simple wind deflector on truck rooftop with color b0d156.

Paint some shadows and highlights. See picture below for reference.

Paint highlight on top of the wind deflector. Select half of the highlight and then erase it.

Draw a simple rounded rectangle for muffler. Make sure to match its shape with the truck perspective. Add simple Drop Shadow to lift it from the truck body.

Make new layer and paint subtle gradient on top of the shape.

Draw two intersecting black circles.

Make a new layer. Paint subtle highlight and shadow to turn the shape into a three-dimensional tailpipe. See picture below for reference.

Current pipe shape is not yet three-dimensional. It appears very flat. We need to emphasize its edge. Select the circles path and hit Ctrl + Enter to make new selection based on its shape. Make new layer. Click Edit Stroke. Set Width to 1 px and white color.

Erase some of the stroke line using soft Eraser tool. Repeat the stroke a few times until we get more definition on its edge. Finally, draw some bolts and its shadow.

Draw cable behind the truck. Make new layer. Manually, use Brush tool to paint shadow and highlight. Once youre done, select cable and its highlight and shadow. Merge them into one layer by pressing Ctrl + E. Duplicate the cable, then resize and place it under the original cable. This will become cable reflection on the truck body. Erase cable outside the truck body. Erase upper part of the reflection and then reduce its Opacity.

Activate Brush tool. Set foreground color to white and then reduce tool Opacity to 10%. Paint some subtle highlight on wind deflector and its windscreen.

Lets add more highlights. Draw a circular selection on top of front tire. Make new layer. Click Edit Stroke. Set Width: 2 px with Color: White.

Soften stroke line by adding Gaussian Blur. Click Filter Blur Gaussian Blur. Activate Eraser tool. Erase stroke line outside the truck.

Currently, the truck is still in its original color. Personally, I found it too bright and it looks like a plastic. So, lets reduce it. Select its green color.

Hit Ctrl + Shift + C to copy all areas inside the selection. Without removing the selection, click Edit Paste. Click Image Adjustments Hue/Saturation and edit the settings until we have darker color.

Set blend mode to Hue and reduce its Opacity.

Make a new selection under the truck. Make new layer and then fill it with black.

Remove selection by pressing Ctrl + D. Soften the shadow by adding Gaussian Blur. Click Filter Blur Gaussian Blur.

Duplicate the shadow by pressing Ctrl + J. Soften this shadow again, this time use bigger radius size in Gaussian Blur.

Below is our final result. I hope you enjoy it. Remember that we started this project using a very simple photo from a cheap pocket camera. So, Im sure you can do this to your own truck. Well, if you have one.

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How to Design Your Dream Truck Online in 3D

How to Design Your Dream Truck Online in 3D

If a truck is what you seek, you can build one online. Several online sites let you build a truck in 3D, which gives you an idea of how the truck will look when it is finished. After youve customized your own truck in 3D, you can send the truck to a car company to have it build, or, sometimes, order it right off the online site itself. Or, you can customize a truck for the fun of it without worrying about ordering it when youre finished.

Click on Parkway Motorcars (see Resources) and choose the type of truck that you would like to customize by clicking on the names of the brand or make of trucks. Then, click on the picture of the model of the truck or the name of the model of the truck you want to customize. A picture will appear of the truck you are customizing. Next to the picture you will see whatever customization options are available for that truck. Then, pick the trim, the colors, and the interior options by clicking on the list of available customization options. After you are finished click finished and a summary of the truck will appear, along with a quote for how much the truck will cost. You can also look at the 3D pictures of what the truck will look like. You can order the truck there, or print out the picture and take it into the dealership.

Click on Bartow Ford (see Resources) and choose the type of truck youd like to customize by clicking on the name or the picture of the trucks. A larger image will appear. Around the image, you will see the various customization options for that particular truck – all available trucks have different customization options. Choose the color, rims, and details for the truck based on the options available on the list by clicking the names or pictures of what youd like, such as green or the small green box to make the truck green. Throughout the process, you can see what the truck will look like in a 3D image by turning it from side to side and looking at it from all angles. When you are finished, click Finished to see a complete image of the truck. You can order it from the site by clicking order or you can take the description or printed off picture to your own dealer to see what is available.

Click on PickupTrucks (see Resources) and choose a type of truck that youd like to customize by clicking on the picture of the truck you want. Then build it by picking a color from the list along the side. Choose rims by clicking on Rims and then picking the picture of the rims you like. Check mark boxes for interior and exterior details, such as air conditioning, a CD player, a pickup bed cover, racing stripes or other paint jobs, and whether youd like two or four doors. Each time you choose a different option, the picture of the truck will change. When you are finished with the truck youd like to customize, you can look at in a 3D image to see it from all sides. Then you can order the truck by clicking order or print off the image and take it into a dealer to get it created.

Missy Talbot started writing professionally in 2000. She has been published in Grass Roots magazine, LifeTimes magazine and on the websites TeacherWeb and The Teachers Corner. Talbot holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in publishing. She is working on a Ph.D. in journalism.

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