How To Edit Car Photos In Photoshop [Make it stand out!]

There might be several reasons if you are disappointed with your car’s photographs. It might be due to camera settings or poor lighting as well. Don’t worry, you can still fix your car photo with photoshop. You won’t require any professional or photoshop expert to edit the photos of your car. There are some quick and easy photoshop techniques that will help you make the photo more striking. If you can follow the steps you won’t need any car image editing service.

To edit car photos you need to find what can be improved from that image. It can be the lighting, the background, or anything. If you can figure out the drawback of the image, it will be pretty easy for you to solve that.

There are two kinds of editing for car photos. One is simply to make the image look better and the other one is to fix the image flaws. Sometimes, you may need to remove any spot visible on the car to present your vehicle to others. This can be done using photoshop ‘spot healing tool’ orpatch tool’.

We are going to discuss some major fixes for car photos. Follow the step-by-step instructions to get the best photograph of your car.

Types Of Photoshop Tools Used For Car Photo Editing

Before starting the editing, let’s get familiar with some of the most useful tools for car photo editing. This will help you to edit the photo without any pause. Here are the six most used tools for car photo editing –

  • Patch Tool: The patch tool is an interesting tool and works great to hide or erase any spot of the car. Patch tools will help you to repair any area of the car. Just select the good area and replace it with the area that includes the spot.
  • Pen Tool: Pen Tool helps to select any kind of object manually. If you have good control of the selection, the pen tool will be the best option for you. The pen tool will give you lots of advantages while editing car photos as there are different shapes in a car image.
  • Spot Healing Tool: Spot Healing tools will make your car flawless. If there is any spot or mark of an accident, using this tool will remove the spot. This works great if you want to hide any spot in your car.
  • Sharpen Tool: Sharpen tool enhances the details of a car. Using this tool increases the image’s contrast and makes it look better. If any part of the cart is unclear or blurry, using this tool will fix it perfectly.
  • Dodge and Burn Tool: The dodge and burn tool has several applications. You can brighten or darken any part of the image by using this tool.
  • Layer Mask: The layer mask tool helps to modify images without erasing them. You will need to use this tool while editing car photos.

How To Edit Car Photos In Photoshop

So, let’s get into the action. Editing car photos will make the visual of your car more appealing. The first step will be finding the flaws of that image and trying to fix them. Have a glance at the different car editing techniques below –

How To Edit Car Photos In Photoshop

Fix the Lighting

Fixing lighting on photoshop is pretty simple and easy. This helps to make the car get more focus on the image. Be careful while fixing the lighting as it may damage the image if you change the values too much. Check the detailed instruction below –

Step 1:

Open the photoshop software and import the car image. Duplicate the layer by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J[Windows] or Command + J[Mac]

Duplicate the layer by using the keyboard shortcut

Step 2:

As you can see, the image has lighting issues. There is not enough contrast and focus on the body of the car. Let’s fix it.

Go to Adjustment > Brightness/Contrast panel. Change the values of Contrast and Brightness and check the difference.

Change the values of Contrast and Brightness and check the difference

Here we changed the brightness to 108 and the contrast to -10. Check the difference now.

Check the difference

The car is now more visible than before and it’s looking great as well. You don’t need any professional experience in photoshop to fix this lighting. With just two simple steps, you are getting better visuals of your car.

Remove any Spot

A spot on your car will damage the whole picture for sure. You won’t feel good showing or sharing your car image because of this spot. It’s pretty simple to remove the spot from your car using photoshop.

remove the spot from your car using photoshop

Step 1:

First of all, import the image and duplicate the layer. In this editing, we will use the clone stamp tool to erase the spot.

Step 2:

Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the left toolbar or by using the keyboard shortcut ‘S’. The next step is a bit tricky.

Select the Clone Stamp Tool from the left toolbar

Step 3:

Once you select the tool, click on ‘alt’ and select a surface of the car that doesn’t have any defect or spot. This surface is now cloned or copied to paste over the surface with a spot.

Step 4:

Keep dragging over the damaged surface of the car. This will replace the surface with the cloned one.

the final output after applying the Clone Stamp Tool

Here is the final output after applying the Clone Stamp Tool. The spot is now removed and it’s looking better than before.

Enhance the Detail

You can work on any part of a car that is visible on an image. Enhance the detail by using photoshop tools to make the image look better. Sharpen tool is one of the common tools to make things clearer. Let’s fix the wheel and check how it looks after applying the sharpen tool.

Enhance the detail by using photoshop

Step 1:

Import the image and duplicate the layer. Select the Sharpen tool from the left toolbar.

Select the Sharpen tool from the left toolbar

Step 2:

Click the mouse and drag it over the wheel. You will notice on the image that the wheel looks crisper and clearer. Don’t drag too much as it may add too much noise to the image. Try to keep it natural.

You may adjust the brightness/contrast a bit to make it look better.

final output looks

Here is how the final output looks. The wheels are now clearer than the first one. That’s how you focus on every individual and improve the visuals using the sharpen tool.

Background Fix

Have a look at this image. The car is looking stunning, but wouldn’t it look even better if there were no lampposts? You will get in a similar situation for sure. So, let’s see how can you fix this kind of background –

how can you fix this kind of background

Step 1:

For this kind of fix, we need to use the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Import the image and duplicate the layer using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + J[Windows] or Command + J[Mac]. Select the tool using keyboard shortcut J.

use the Spot Healing Brush Tool

Step 2:

Now, you need to select the tool and click and drag over the lamp post. Don’t drag for too long as it will damage the visual. You may increase or decrease the size of the brush by using the keyboard shortcut ‘[’ and ‘]’. This removal process needs patience and will get you a good output if you manage to use the tool perfectly.

select the tool and click and drag over the lamp post

Here is the final output. There are no lamp posts and the background is now looking better than before. Removing these kinds of unnecessary objects keeps the car in focus.

Here is the final output

These are some of the common editings of car images. They are easy and can be done by anyone. Don’t edit too much of a car as it may damage the natural vibe of the image.

Conclusion

Editing removes the flaws of any image. This helps to present a better version of your car. Follow the mentioned editing techniques step by step to make yourself skilled in editing. You may repeat the process to make your editing more professional. So, next time you have a spot on your car or there is a problem with the background, edit the image in photoshop to solve the issue.

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