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How to create a Foodtruck in Adobe Photoshop

References and sketching

Step 1

Search for web references to make your sketch.

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Step 2

You need to think about the concept of your design, in this case Mexican food.

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Step 3

Based on your reference you can begin sketching. Then, choose the sketch you liked the best.

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Step 4

Now the sketch is ready, it's time to paint!

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Painting the sketch

Step 1

A solid color will be the starting point to generate the color palette.

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Step 2

With the layers arranged, apply the colors you'll use on the design.

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Step 3

In this step it's important to establish the direction of the light.

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Step 4

Set the brush properties and begin painting.

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Step 5

Feel free to play around while you're painting; add little touches of texture and volume, without being too bold.

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Step 6

The next step is the volume. Make sure the shading reflects the material; this will give the design a more realistic appearance.

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Step 7

We can paint in more details that add to the design to, for example: the stickers or elements of the van .

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Step 8

All the little details make your design looks more realistic.  You could also try out alternative color schemes.

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Step 9

For your color scheme don’t be boring or make alternative color schemes with the same hues. Experiment with your colors!

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Adjustments, details and blending modes

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So far the illustration has lots of details, however it's time to apply some lighting effects. Put your favorite song on!

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Step 2

Add a photo filter to give some warmth to the composition.

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Step 3

Play around with the layers fusion mode; for example, overlay or color dodge will highlight the focal points and add depth.

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Step 4

Always revise your design with a critical eye. Maybe there are some more details that could be added.

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Step 5

Add lights with the layer on color dodge mode. Be subtle and careful not to overpower the other objects.

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Step 6

With fusion mode the lights could be reflected on the ground, also add the water.

Tip: You can download rain brushes to create the nocturnal vibe.

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Step 7

Create a layer with outer glow effect and add another with overlay effect this will create a glow. But don't overdo it, the more subtle the better.

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Step 8

It's ready! A Fast Food Wagon in 20 steps!

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Javier Salas
Javier Salas
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Javier Salas, colombian freelance artist and designer working for the entertainment and videogame industry. Enjoys sharing his knowledge as a teacher in an art academy and creating tutorials for the web. He also a lover of classic art and good movies.

To learn more, visit https://javiersalas_art.artstation.com/

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