Painting Cars in iRacing

Another working document – this time mainly on the topic of painting cars in iRacing but with some camera editing notes.


There are both free and paid options for making paints in iRacing. In my opinon all come with some downsides whether it be functionality or ease of use. For many years I used Affinity Photo before moving to Photoshop. Worth trying are:

  • Photoshop – flagship photo manipulation software. Does everything you need but at a price.
  • Affinity Photo – fair priced software with some limitations with respect to spec maps although there are work arounds. I used this for many years as my go to graphics package. For ~£170 one off payment you can have access to this and their vector software (which I am still using).
  • Gimp – fully functional open source software so free but not the most intuiative. I want to love Gimp but it just gives me brain noddles – not for me.
  • Krita – not tried this but have heard rumours its good.

Spec Maps

This is the area that I think most find challenging. First you have to get your head around the idea of channels, then its the proportioning how much of each channel you want where and this is before we have even started to create the masking layers.

The image below is modified from Andy-D-Oakley’s Spec Map Materials Reference Paint. The masking layers filled are basically shapes filled with black. In photoshop you can then add a color overlay and change the percentage amount of B (Brightness) in the layer.

Selecting layers to create masks in Photoshop

In order to mask & speculate your logo layers you need to make copies. Doing a control click select layer in photoshop is the way to gather selections of every layer you have added.

How do you control click select layer in Photoshop?
To auto-select multiple layers, press and hold Ctrl (Win) / Command (Mac) to temporarily turn Auto-Select on, and then add the Shift key. Click in the document to select the layers you need, and then release the keys to turn Auto-Select back off.

Taking Screen Shots

Try tracks like Sebring at sunrise or Willow springs, Nordschleife and Rudskogen

The following tables are based on Keyboard Shortcuts


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