View Full Version : Carbon Fiber Tutorial

04-28-2003, 12:12 AM
This how to will show you how to get that carbon fiber look on a hood, or any other part you find worthy of 'fibering.

First thing you need to do is make a carbon fiber pattern to use. Make a new document that's 12x6 pixels in size and has a transparent background.

04-28-2003, 12:14 AM
Now select the top left corner and fill it diagonally with a black to white gradient. Do the same with the bottom right corner.

04-28-2003, 12:16 AM
Now define the pattern you've created.

04-28-2003, 12:17 AM
Name the pattern and click ok.

04-28-2003, 12:19 AM
Alright. Now that we have that out of the way, we can start on the car. Open your picture and select the part of the vehicle to be carbon fibered.

04-28-2003, 12:20 AM
Make a new layer via copy.

04-28-2003, 12:22 AM
Desaturate the newly made layer.

04-28-2003, 12:24 AM
Go to brightness/contrast and darken the layer a bit.

04-28-2003, 12:26 AM
Next, go to fill layer.

04-28-2003, 12:27 AM
Find the pattern you made earlier and click ok.

04-28-2003, 12:29 AM
Rasterize your new fill layer.

04-28-2003, 12:31 AM
Now go adjust the perspective.

04-28-2003, 12:32 AM
Make it so it looks good compared to the angle of your original image.

04-28-2003, 12:34 AM
Then give it a little twirl.

04-28-2003, 12:38 AM
Now to select just the hood, you hold command and click on the hood layer (You should have 3 layers. The original, the hood layer, and the pattern fill layer. I know in some of these pics I have an extra layer. Disreguard that.) The command click is for Macintosh. For PC it might be Alt click or control click.

04-28-2003, 12:40 AM
Select inverse.

04-28-2003, 12:41 AM
After you've selected the inverse, just press delete. It should look like this afterwards.

04-28-2003, 12:43 AM
Now lower the opacity of the fill layer a bit.

04-28-2003, 12:46 AM
Ok, now combine the pattern fill layer and the hood layer. Now you should only have 2 layers. The new carbon fiber hood layer and the original image. Lower the opacity of the hood layer a little.

04-28-2003, 12:49 AM
Finally, merge the two layers. Tada, after a lengthy tutorial, you now have a carbon fiber hood (or other part). It seems long, but after you do it a couple times it goes pretty quickly.

06-13-2003, 12:33 AM
can you post the pattern that you made is the second picture cuz that is the one i want and maybe you can send it to me cuz i never got that pattern right ... ;)

Oh and good job by the way.. :D

Last edited by SpArKs at Jun 12 2003, 11:34 PM

07-16-2003, 06:00 PM
I think u might have forgot the last step cause im lost after i select the hood but heres my try i used a diff cf pattern

07-16-2003, 06:34 PM
hmm well the carbin fibre tut is easy for me.. maybe u doing stuff wrong re do it following every step

07-16-2003, 07:18 PM
i didnt see tehre was 2 pages :lol: im new to the forum this layouts new

07-16-2003, 08:21 PM
I shall now make a better tutorial :P
this is ok, but i'm going to have to show you how to make it real. :)

07-16-2003, 09:20 PM

07-17-2003, 03:51 PM
well the tut couldn't of been better for me lol, this is what i got when i used it

07-17-2003, 10:37 PM
keo, how much twirl did you use for your cf?

07-18-2003, 07:59 AM
My Carboon ;) Ka



08-20-2003, 03:11 AM
i cant define my pattern...

08-20-2003, 03:39 AM
You have to merge the 2 layers in order to define them. :D

08-20-2003, 04:10 AM
OK.. I merge it already.. all goes well... but i can cf the hood, the whole pic got CF.. did i miss out?

08-20-2003, 05:08 AM
As seen in the tool kit, real carbon fibre.
Try to make your CF look like this.

08-20-2003, 05:32 AM
hey omi, u know im still waitin on the Carbon Fiber tut u promised to make back in july :D :lol:

08-20-2003, 11:53 AM
lol, that&#39;s cool, but i&#39;m lazy, and I can never find a good donor picture. <_<

Find me a good picture and i&#39;ll do it, for sure, no bull. :lol: :lol:

09-07-2003, 07:48 AM
I tried doing this, but couldnt. I couldnt get the gradient to be like yours. Turned out really ****** up. Can somebody just post a link for me to download the pattern from somewhere pls? :(

09-07-2003, 09:07 PM
Yes please&#33;

09-09-2003, 04:40 AM
i guess not.....


09-10-2003, 09:47 PM
the pattern is really big and can be easily seen.....anyway to make a smaller one???

09-12-2003, 10:32 PM
Can someone PLEASE put up the psd form of the pattern you have to define, as i can not make a good one, and need it as i have failed several times and it makes it look ****&#33;

09-14-2003, 09:44 AM
My CF 1

09-14-2003, 09:56 AM
and cf 2 with lil blue colour..

Rex Raider
09-16-2003, 12:14 PM
Mine didn&#39;t come out too well. I&#39;m pretty sure I followed the instructions properly.


09-16-2003, 09:10 PM
heres my attempt at carbon fibre

09-16-2003, 09:11 PM
heres the origanal pic http://www.highresautoimages.com/lexus/is3001.html

09-17-2003, 07:27 AM
lower the birhtness on the desatiration and make the carbon fiber smaller useing the scale slider. Also go to www.thewebmachine.com then at the top click on photoshop then go to textures in that side bar and his patteren will be there it will be a lot better.


09-17-2003, 10:28 AM
Originally posted by nitroice0069@Sep 17 2003, 06:27 AM
lower the birhtness on the desatiration and make the carbon fiber smaller useing the scale slider. Also go to www.thewebmachine.com then at the top click on photoshop then go to textures in that side bar and his patteren will be there it will be a lot better.

I&#39;ve used that pattern in here&#33;

09-20-2003, 12:54 PM
hmm iv tried the tut. on here and on that site 2 posts up, and still i cant get it to look anything like what its meant to. I also downloaded the pattern from that site but it still came out f**ked.
Any ideas? lol <_<

09-20-2003, 07:10 PM
im a noob at this car thing
ive been doing ps for a while though
i think i went alittle overboard on the whole carbon fiber thing... :lol:

Carbon Fiber 350z (http://home.nj.rr.com/andyyoo87/cf350z.jpg)


Original (http://home.nj.rr.com/andyyoo87/350z.jpg)

09-20-2003, 09:22 PM
dont use twist real carbon fiber dosnt have twist

09-21-2003, 01:36 AM
lol i think you did go overboard just a little :D

Why do people use a twist when doing cf if real cf dont have it?

09-21-2003, 09:06 AM
I dont know but im into gas powered radio contolled cars so i have some carbon fiber laying around im about ready to scan it into my computer and use it lol


09-21-2003, 08:31 PM
hi i have a gas r/c too... i super nitro rally that tops at 54.7MPH...

ok but too the point, how do i only merge the fill and the hood layer? this is how it turned out&#33; let me know what you think plus can you tell me if its supposed to look like this or am i imagining its wrong?

09-22-2003, 04:08 PM
as far as ppl twisting the carbon fibre texture, its cause it looks pasted over if u don&#39;t.. doesn&#39;t look as real, because at angles, even carbon fiber seems to twist.. not saying it actually does.. lol.. laters


09-22-2003, 05:44 PM
true when i say no twist i dont mean zero but you shouldnt be able to noticable be able to see it just very minute


09-24-2003, 10:48 AM
oh ok..
thats great but it doesnt help me lol
i still cant get it to look right..or what i think is right..like the pic of the bonnet of the ford a few posts above...

09-25-2003, 08:19 AM
I&#39;m new to this and im confused how to make the gradient pattern.

09-26-2003, 05:55 PM
This was a good tutorial.

I followed it step by step, and understood it, mostly.

But&#33; I can’t help but think there seems to be some information missing or not included…

About the actual process of making the pattern for the ‘carbon fibre’ pattern.
When I re-created my version of the ‘carbon fibre’ pattern, it seems to be completely different from the one shown the tutorial…

I did follow it to the T&#33;

I think it might be, the dimensions, shown in the tutorial for the ‘carbon fibre’ pattern, are not correct, possibly too large?

I have yet to check this myself in Photoshop by changing the size.

Can someone check this please or write an updated version…. Please? ;)

09-26-2003, 08:26 PM
You have to make it the same size but use your rectangular marqee tool to select 1/4 of it and make the gradient then do that in the other spot. Then select the whole thing and define it as a pattern

09-26-2003, 08:48 PM
here is one of the patterens Just save it

Last edited by nitroice0069 at Sep 26 2003, 07:49 PM

09-26-2003, 08:54 PM
Here is the other one i prefer this one more also just right click and save this one to then just open it in photo shop and define it as a patteren

09-26-2003, 09:37 PM
As an official mod of the tutorials section, I will now close this topic, for it just drags on too long. :P Sorry if I bum you people out. :)