[FM_TUTORIAL][AB] Carbon Fibre (Style One)

In these tutorials threads i’m going to run through some tips, tricks and ideas along the way you can use on your own designs to give your cars that extra boost. Like most artistic and creative environments experimentation works wonders so mix things up or use this as a basis to trying someone new or mixing ideas together.

One thing to mention is the tutorials i’ve written are my own way of working and constructing using the fewest layers possible but you can still use the same theory and adapt them to the way you work. I know many painters have some weird tricks to create in game artwork!

I trust many find this useful.

If you have anything else you’d like to know or any more tutorials you’d like to see shoot me a PM.
If I can do it I will, but I can’t show you all my tricks can I :wink:

Whilst we have the special effect base colours but there are occasions where you want to use a base colour but have carbon effect panels.
This is one of the simpler ways to produce a believable effect you can use on your designs. (I will cover masking and use of carbon in a future tutorial)

NOTE: In this tutorial the car has the Special Matt Carbon Base, which i’ve overlaid a pink solid vinyl layer to minimise glare whilst taking screenshots of each stage.

//Step One…

First off we need to pick up the main decal we’re to use.
“Community Vinyls 1” > 2nd row from top, far right as shown below (surrounded in blue)
Whilst there are a few vinyls that will work to create carbon this is the better version to start off with.

//Step Two…

Resize to your liking but make it tall enough to scale down later on and still be able cover the side of the car. This version of carbon takes up so few layers so you can go HUGE and not have to worry. A X-Axis of 2.00 & Y-Axis of 10.00 i’d suggest as a minimum will cover most cars but go as high as you like on the Y-Axis.

//Step Three…

Skew decal to anywhere from angle of 0.60 to 0.80 (personal preference)

Optional Step - If you wish you can use transparency on layer before moving on. Recommend no more than 0.90 Opacity

//Step Four…

Take your layer and then copy paste. Keeping the X-Axis the same will help here in making sure the side by side groups don’t have unsightly gaps between them. I’ve recoloured one layer white so you can see them side by side.
Tip: Highlight the Step Two layer and make this larger to aid you in visual alignment as I have

//Step Five…

Group what you have aligned (Once happy with it) and move either way so you can simply copy again and align. Keep doing this till you have enough coverage to fill the cars side or top etc.

//Step Six…

Colouring the final layers. I’d personally always have the carbon layer darker than the base! It looks strange (unless thats what you like) but you can mix up your own. The tutorial uses the below HSB codes.
Background: H=0.00 / S=0.00 / B=0.15
Carbon Texture: H=0.00 / S=0.00 / B=0.05

//Step Seven…

Scale your carbon to whatever size you like the look of.
There is no right or wrong but i’d go to a level you can see some definition in the weave.

//Step Eight…

Take all the layers on the side and then stamp over the remaining sides of the car.
DON’T insert left to right or the skew angle will go the wrong way.
The final results should look similar to the below should be what you’ll have.

//Step Nine…

Your complete and you have your carbon the most important step. Save the layer group.

Now your done you can change a few minor things and make different effects very easily.
Try using different base colours under semi-transparent layers (behind your carbon texture) will create some cool effects or even use transparency on the main decal from the start!

Really Go Mad and Experiment!
Below is Polished Aluminum with 0.85% Opacity Layer in black with a Black coloured Carbon Texture.

Any Struggles?!
I’m really no author, I paint pretty things.

Enjoy and good luck!



Nice work AB, well done on taking the time out to put this together. I fully intend on doing a few little tutorials but it’s not easy to find the time and play the game, so hat’s off to you for getting the ball rolling.


Thanks D :slight_smile:
Yeah it takes time to do but hopefully they will help some painters.
Got another few part written and screens done for two more :slight_smile:


Nice tutorial. That’s how I do it too

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Nice tutorial mate, wouldn’t know too much about Carbon Fibre style as the older cars don’t really have that haha.

Good to know i was on the right lines. thanks Curtis!

If i can figure out Rust effects will do one for you :wink: I heard its lighter than Carbon Fibre anyway lol


Great Tutorial AB ! Might use it when i want to combine a non carbon base with carbon details :slight_smile:

Thanks for starting this AB.

Your time, effort and tutorial is appreciated greatly!!!

SEFx it works best on side skirts where you have straight lines or panel gaps you can use to make sure it looks right, but do have another few vinyls that I use to go around doors or bonnets i’ll show at some point soon. Its more fiddly and time consuming but works pretty well.

No problem, many more coming. Screenshots etc are just the time consuming part.
I’ve had many peoples support over the years so am more than happy to put some time to doing these to help others.



AB, I just gained an interest in painting and have made a couple of simple designs, then read this tutorial and applied it on a couple of cars. I must say, you’ve done a great job with this Tutorial, very easy to understand and follow. I was able to get my vinyl in minutes. Now, I plan to make several with various levels of angles/opacity/HSB to try out. Thank you very much for sharing such. I am extremely impressed with the level of detail you guys can come up with on your paints, amazing!

One question that I do have…as I paste to the sides and top of the car the lines are pretty closely aligned, though could use a tad-bit of movement for alignment. However, the rear/front do not match with the sides/top. Is this considered normal and acceptable, or, do you create a different vinyl to match up with the sides/top as far as the alignment of the lines on the “Community Vinyls 1”( row 2, furthest right image)? Thanks!


front rear can vary in size as well as offset. Depends completely on the car.

try a simple front to rear stripe across the car and then try and put the same stripe down the front/rear. That will quickly show any offset or difference in magnification.

Thank you OldSchool…I’ll try that out today. The, will have to figure out a clever way to fix them since, similar to the top and sides which has an offset in a different direction depending on the section (front-to-rear) of the car…


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