Speeding car scene in Photoshop


In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to photo merge a car at a cityscape and apply speed effect. A really simple Photoshop trick that can be managed at very few steps, but which always look appealing to the eye. Imagine you want to create an amazing looking poster of your favorite car model, or that you want to increase the popularity of a model you’re selling now, and you have no idea how to achieve such an effect… we then have a problem at our hands. Follow up this step-by-step guide on how to create a speeding car scene inside Adobe Photoshop

Choosing image resources

Just as always, quality will cross out any other possible option. First of all, for this effect, you will need a good cityscape shot; preferably a crowded avenue, with some angle on the taken shot for adding more dynamic to this effect. Also, a good one point perspective works well for this kind of effects.


Next, you are going to need your car photo. If you have a png file that suits the point of view of the photo you are going to edit… Great! If not, search Google for a car that in some way resembles the angle of the cityscape shot, and erase its background until you get only the car itself.


For further advanced techniques on how to make good Photoshop selections, please check this article.

Image composition

As you can see, this New York photo has already two cars on it (taxies) and it also is tilted at a certain angle; therefore, our approach will be using this front photo of a car, reduce its size, and rotate it in order to match the angle of the photo. Also, the car is going to be a bit bigger than the taxies to give the impression it is placed at a different plane, like speeding away from the taxies on the street.

Adjust the car’s size until you feel pleased with the result, then with the same transform tool, rotate it until it matches the tilt of the photo. It is very important that the shadows cast at the car’s photo are only below the car, otherwise, we may find some issues with the effect as well as matching shadow direction with the shadows of the buildings on the original photo.


The effect – Doing magic with Photoshop Filters

Now select the background layer and go to Filters>Blur>Radial Blur. Give an amount of 30, and position the center point near to what would be the horizon line of this image. Remember to apply it in Zoom mode.


Make a copy of the car layer (CTRL+J), and again we are going to apply a radial blur filter to it. Reduce the amount of the effect to 20, and change from Good to Best.


Create a layer mask, and change the brush color to Black with its shortcut X. Reduce the opacity of the brush to around 80% and start masking the interior of the car, leaving the edges with the radial blur effect.

Now since this car image doesn’t have a driver applied to it, I am going to add one. For this instance, I picked this image of a driver who looks she’s having fun, and then trims the areas until we end up with something like this.



Resize and adjust its position to fit inside the car. Reduce its opacity a little bit so it won’t look that much bright.


Then create a new layer, select a brush with a blue color, and paint over the driver with it. You will end up with something looking like this.


Now change the layer blending mode to multiply and reduce the opacity a bit. Erase any too dark looking areas.


And this is the final result. You can also add some extra filters to make a more cinematic look, but that is up to you.


Hope you liked it and keep editing!

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