by Bob Munson
Vizcom.ai is a powerful and easy-to-use online tool that can transform your car sketch into an impressive rendering—in seconds. With its AI-powered features, you can unleash your creativity and bring car designs to life. I personally found Vizcom.ai to be easy to use and a tremendous time-saver. While I don’t sketch directly into Vizcom, it quickly provides a stunning rendering foundation that I can refine further in Photoshop. You’ll get the best results with a specifically prepared sketch keeping the strengths and weaknesses of Vizcom in mind. Vizcom can produce some funky design results, but it can also provide usable design details and dramatic illustrations for a very professional result.
How it works
Step 1: Sign up for a free account
To use Vizcom.ai, you’ll need to sign up for a free or paid account on their website. A professional account is currently $49 per editor/month which includes multi-image generation, 4K export and full design privacy. You can also sign in with your Google or Facebook account. Once you sign up, you’ll have access to a dashboard where you can create new projects, manage your files and collaborate with others.
Step 2: Import or sketch your car design
To start rendering your car sketch, you need to import your existing drawing directly into the website. You can use the built-in sketch tools and layers to draw your car design on a blank canvas or on top of a reference image. You can also use your iPad and Apple Pencil to sketch more naturally and intuitively.
Step 3: Choose a rendering style and adjust the settings
Once you have your car sketch ready, you can choose a rendering style from the library of presets. You can select from different styles such as: Vizcom General which produces stunning photorealism, Volume Render which creates a three-dimensional look, Pastel Render for a soft color palette and my favorite, Technicolor 6 with its futuristic style in vivid and dramatic warm colors. You can add a reference image to mimic its rendering style as well. In the prompt, describe the view, color and background you’re looking to create.
Step 4: Render your car in seconds
After you choose a rendering style and select what percentage of original drawing influence you like, you can click on the render generate button and watch your car sketch transform into a stunning concept rendering in seconds. You can see the live rendering process and make changes as you go. You can also use the 3D paint tool to add details and effects to your rendering.
Step 5: Export and share your car rendering
When you’re happy with your car rendering, you can export it as a high-resolution 4K image (professional account only) and save it to your device or cloud storage. You can also share your car rendering with others via email, social media or a link. You can also invite others to join your project and collaborate on your car design.
Examples from Bob Munson—Corvette (Original sketch and resulting raw rendering from Vizcom)
Examples from Bob Munson—Corvette (After refinement in Photoshop)
Examples from Bob Munson—Cadillac
Examples from Bob Munson—Corvette
Workflow Example from Bob Munson
Here is a sketch I finished this morning and the development that led to it. I placed the upper from the 1st rendering and the lower from the 2nd one on a perspective sketch I found to get the 3rd rendition. I took the upper from the 3rd one and lower from the 2nd one in Photoshop to get the 4th one from which I generated the final one in Vizcom. I hope I’m not too confusing. The point I’m making is that you can combine multiple solutions from Vizcom in Photoshop and put those ideas back into Vizcom to further develop and refine them.
Finished Example from Bob Munson
I turned the brown sketch into this red Corvette with a combination of Vizcom and CS4 Photoshop. I use a mouse to draw and have worn the veneer off of the table top with all my sketching over the years.
Another Finished Example from Bob Munson
How to Render Your Drawing in Seconds
How to Use Render from Reference
An interesting feature with Vizcom allows a variable amount of AI influence on your design. I processed a few old GM drawings through Vizcom without doing any prior preparation and got some surprising results. They aren’t usable in themselves, but are thought starters for design exploration.—Gary