This is an illustration I did for a business card which I designed and created in Illustrator and Photoshop for a motorsports development fund.
Rather than the standard old 86.6 mm by 53.98 mm rectangular thing they asked for a graphic representation of a Formula One steering wheel. It’s great when clients come up with brilliant ideas!
I was really inspired by this job and, after searching Google images for examples of these steering wheels, I set to work first in Illustrator. Here is the basic outline I did together with two of the dials.
As you can see I did only the very basic outlines in Illustrator although I did take care to get the dials and lights looking fairly realistic. Once I had done one dial I grouped the objects, copied them and then re-colored them with the Recolor Artwork button that sits in the Control palette at the top of the screen (see above). This is a really great way to change the hue of a group of objects.
Once I was happy with it in Illustrator and had every major object on different layers I exported the document as a .PSD in Illustrator (File > Export…). Then I opened the same document in Photoshop and began the finishing touches.
The most important thing to do in Photoshop was to add the highlights, which really add realism to the illustration. I also added a bit of blurring to the main body of the steering wheel as well as noise to the dials.
Finally, the outline path from the original Illustrator file was used as the die cut for the printers to cut around the edge of the illustration.