DIY Custom Dash Gauge Face Overlays
Installing custom made gage like these on your car is easy! Not only will it give your car a unique look, you can change them whenever you like and create as many template variations as you wish.
The only things needed are pictures, background images, paper, and Adobe Photoshop.
At the same time installing the new templates you could also change the back lighting for your factory gauges.
It is fairly simple to do and gives your vehicle a unique look!
Step 1 - Open your dash and expose the gauges.
Step 2 - Once you've completed this step, scan them at a minimum of 300dpi in a Photoshop compatible program.
Step 3 - You will need to separate the image and have the background (figure 1) on one layer and the numbers and "dummy lights" on the other (figure 2). You can customize the second layer to your specifications, eg.font, size, angles, outlines....etc. Both layers need to be transparent.
Step 4 - The background layer can be replaced with whatever image fancies you. I've choosen a sunset. Create a new layer and paste the desired image. Select "transform" to stretch the image to full size. Ctrl + left-click on the background layer to automatically "lasso" the outline of the gauges. (Figure 3, layer 18). Once you've selected the outline click Ctrl + Shift + I to reverse the selection then Crtl + X to cut. (Figure 4)
Step 5 - To make a copy of the "dummy" lights and numbers layer, click on the layer from the "layers window" then press on ALT + L and choose "duplicate layer". Move the copied layer between the black and pictured gauges. (Figure 5)
Step 6 - Merge the first two layers.
Step 7 - To select the shine-through colour at night, click your "dummy lights" in the layer window and Ctrl + Left click to select. On the black gauges layer, use the "bucket" to fill in desired colour to shine through. Trash the copy layer. (Figure 6)
Step 8 - Make a copy of each layer. (Figure 7)
Step 9 - Make the image fit on a standard page. (Figure 8)
Step 10 - Print each layer on regular white paper. (Figure 9) (Warning: with regular white paper, some light will shine through parts you don't want light to shine through. You get used to it though)
Step 11 - Cut out the images and glue the black behind the coloured. Align using a bright light behind them. Use ordinary wood glue and press in a heavy book overnight.
Step 12 - Reverse step 1 to install back into vehicle !