How to Design Car Rims

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Designing your own custom car rims can seem like something only automobile manufacturers can do. However, with today's digital technology, designing your own car rims can be much easier than you thought. Using digital illustration software like Photoshop can greatly speed up the design process. Utilizing tools like the "autoshape" function you can soon turn the rim designs in your head into an actual plan for your own custom work. For the example in this article, you will learn how to create a custom rim design based off hexagon and triangle shapes. You will also learn how to create a basic template for use in more of your custom designs.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer Photoshop Digital tablet or mouse (tablet preferred)
  • Click on the "Autoshapes" function and select the ellipse tool. Click on gray for the color. Starting in the upper left-hand corner of the screen click and drag until you have a large gray circle. Select black as your color and, using the same process, make another circle of black directly inside the gray as shown in the picture. This will serve as the base of your tire rim.

  • Select gray again and, using the ellipse tool, create a small circle in the center of these shapes. Click on the line tool. Set the width at 4 pixels. Starting at the top of the circle, drag a gray line down the middle of the tire rim. Create another line running horizontally across the center of the rim.

  • Add diagonal lines by selecting the line tool, clicking in the upper left-hand corner of the rim between the vertical and horizontal lines and dragging it diagonally through the center circle and on to the other side. Click in the upper right-hand corner and repeat this process. You now have a standard template you can use for all your custom rim designs. Save the file and save it again as something like "Rim-Template" for future use.

  • Select the trapezoid tool and set the number of sides to 6. Click where the vertical line intersects the middle gray circle and drag a hexagon shape where these shapes meet. Click on the sides of the hexagon until you see an icon of curved arrows. This will allow you rotate the hexagon so that the flat sides line up with the inner circle. Click the selection tool and drag it over the hexagon you have just created. Hit Ctrl+C to copy it and then Crtl+V to paste another hexagon of the exact size and dimensions. Move this hexagon to the next spoke on the rim and adjust its position with the curved arrows. Repeat this process until there is a hexagon on the base of each spoke.

  • Click the selection tool and drag it over the hexagon you have just created. Hit Ctrl+C to copy it and then Crtl+V to paste another hexagon of the exact size and dimensions. Move this hexagon to the next spoke on the rim and adjust its position with the curved arrows. Repeat this process until there is a hexagon on the base of each spoke.

  • Change the number of sides on your trapezoid tool to "3" to create triangles. On the top center spoke create an upside-down triangle with its tip ending right before the hexagon at the base of the spoke begins. Copy and paste these triangles around the rim on each spoke. Be sure to adjust the positioning for each of these so that the flat end of the triangle is on the outside rim and the pointed end is near the hexagon.

  • Select the airbrush tool. Click on light gray to add highlights to the rims. Draw a small circle in the middle section. Add small circular highlights on each of the hexagons. Add triangular highlights on the triangle sections of the outer rim.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ctrl+Z is the shortcut for "undo" and is handy to have on hand, should you make any mistakes.

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  • Photo Credit Illustrations by Andrew DeWitt
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