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Half wire model

Transform this photo into this one
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial

Step 1
Open our photo (you can download original from here)

Step 2
Copy "background" layer to a new one (CTRL + J) and name it "copy"

Step 3
Now you have to create two new layers so press CTRL + SHIFT + N and then OK twice. First of those two layer should be named "white" and the second one "wire frame". Click on the "white" layer and fill it with white (there are few ways of doing this, a prefer pressing D and then CTRL + BACKSPACE; you can also go to Paint Bucket tool select white and fill in the layer).

Step 4
Click on the "wire frame" layer and hide "white" layer by clicking on the eye icon in front of it.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
Now we see our car model. Now we have to start drawing paths on then stroke them on "wire frame" layer, but only on the right half of the photo. So, go to VIEW - NEW GUIDE, select vertical and enter a value that is approximately half of photo width. This guide will be our starting point from now. Zoom in on the car, pick Pen tool (P) and draw path over the edge of the car. This process is slow so take your time because more time you spend in drawing paths final result will be better. For this line on image below a draw a path from our guide to the back of the car.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
Then I picked brush tool, set size to 3, click Brush options menu and set values as shown on images below.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
HINT: Note that value in red. With Fade turned on this value represent how many pixel would our line be long. You can experiment with this value for different lines

Next I clicked Path palette, clicked Stroke Path, choose Brush Tool and clicked OK.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
And there is our first line. Now follow other lines, draw path over them and again stroke path. You can change brush size and change Shape Dynamics - Control: Fade to OFF and then you won't have this fade and the line will have same size on both ends. When you finish you should have wireframe like this.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial

Step 5
Click on "white" layer and unhide it. Click on Add Layer Mask to add layer mask to "white" layer. Click on the mask, pick Gradient tool, select black to transparent and then draw gradient as I did on the picture below.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial

Step 6
Click on "wire frame" layer and add layer mask on this layer also. Once again click on the mask then pick gradient tool (same settings as in the previous step) and draw gradient as I did on the picture below.
DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial
You can optionaly play with opacity of layers.
And the final photo:

DPhotoNews - Wireframe Photoshop tutorial

See you!

author of this tutorial is Vladimir Markovic

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