Best Free Software to Design a Bike with Innovative Ideas (Bike Designer App)

How dabbling with a Photoshop-esque app result in the designing of a handful of ideas and customs.

It seems you do not all the time want a totally stocked store and years of expertise To design a customized or idea bike. I am presently resourcing the elements I would like for my subsequent 1970’s CB cafe construct. As a result of I need a extra trendy swingarm – one with a monoshock – and a sportier trying tank with knee dents, I’ve had some hassle touchdown on what I would like the tail part to appear like. It must work as a cohesive sum of elements with a constant visible theme all through the bike, which it seems might be difficult once you’re identify is not Roland Sands. Since I am not, in truth, Roland Sands, I downloaded a very cool app referred to as PicsArt to assist me visualize my new bike.

The primary 4 bikes I did. (All primarily based on CB550’s)

What it’s

PicsArt, also referred to as PicsArt Photograph Studio, is a mixture picture modifying, collage, and drawing app with a facet order of social networking. It is a bit like a cross between Photoshop and Instagram – customers can take footage, edit pictures, draw with layers, apply completely different filters and results, then add the pictures to share with the PicsArt group. Photographs may also be cross-platform shared on different networks like Fb, Twitter, and Instagram. There’s even a chat function that permits customers to staff as much as share pictures and concepts.

If that sounds fairly easy, it’s. I might taken a couple of elective Photoshop courses in center college and nonetheless have a tenuous grasp on visible modifying. I believed an answer to my CB construct’s design issues is likely to be remedied by digitally making an attempt out a pair concepts earlier than committing to something in the true world. So after a little bit of looking, I downloaded PicsArt to my cellphone and spent round half an hour studying tips on how to use it. It has a comparatively easy and initiative interface and, my earlier photoshop expertise apart, I am assured anybody who’s vaguely technologically literate could be competent utilizing this app in lower than an hours time.

Typically it could really feel unimaginable to decide on a particular element. (Donor: H-D 883)

I rapidly discovered the app to be extremely useful for design functions. With a couple of clicks, drags, and swipes, I might obtain pictures of varied tail sections and slap them onto a digital rendering of my CB. As a result of I do know the measurement of my donor bike – and plenty of aftermarket tail sections, in addition to tail sections from present fashions being bought on-line sometimes embody measurement – this allowed me to get a way of scale so I might really know what these elements would appear like on my bike whereas nonetheless having a alternative of what angle I might need them mounted to the subframe. I went via a dozen or so “common” cafe tails, together with tails from some trendy Japanese sport bikes, and even experimented with a Panigale tail. (Spoiler alert: it seemed horrible).

(Donor: Yamaha XSR900)

After discovering a tail I preferred, I ended up enjoying with one other element, after which one other, and one other, and earlier than I knew it issues had snowballed and I might created a digital rendering of a motorcycle far past my IRL ability set and monetary means. Regardless of my design going far past my unique idea, I might nonetheless actually loved creating stated design and some days later I did one other, and one other, and one other, and, effectively, you get the concept.

I used to be truly going for a design primarily based on the army floor automobiles within the Halo online game collection. (Donor: BMW R nineT)

Why it helps

Simply because I allowed my creativeness to run a little bit wild does not imply software program like this is not a particularly priceless instrument for builders. Being able to get a way for a visible theme, to check completely different paint schemes, or to see how varied parts would look on a construct with out ever having to speculate any cash or wrench time is fairly superb. In right this moment’s technologically superior world we’ve got entry to all types of nice instruments, and generally it is only a matter of studying tips on how to exploit these instruments on your wants.

Discovering a spot to place the RideApart brand was surprisingly exhausting. (Donor: A miscellaneous Yamaha)

The checklist of choices for digital modifications is actually infinite. Exhausts, rims, seats, bodywork, headlights, engine circumstances, you identify it. If it may be modified on an precise bike, it may be digitally rendered throughout the app. I’ve discovered that at occasions concepts that sounded good in my head seems to not be so stellar once I truly see them. It goes with out saying that that is far preferable to doing the work in actual life after which figuring out you do not prefer it, to not point out the cash required to make that occur or the time it takes to make the elements your self if in case you have that capacity.

My tackle a desert sled. (Donor: Ducati Scrambler)

How I do it

There isn’t any one proper method of doing a digital idea. Like music manufacturing, it is all about discovering what works for you. In terms of digital moto-concepts, there are extra methods than one to pores and skin a cat so to talk. That is simply my methodology, however here is how I do it. First off I both take a profile picture of a motorcycle, or a discover a picture of a motorcycle on-line to make use of as my digital donor bike. Typically you’ll find stripped down pictures of a motorcycle on-line with simply the body and engine. These are simpler to work with than full bikes, although full bikes are tremendous they simply require a bit extra erasing. From right here I begin experimenting with gasoline tanks and tail sections from varied present fashions or aftermarket firms. I be certain to dimension them appropriately after which start reducing out the specified half from a photograph and pasting and dragging it into place. The entire course of is 90% reducing out present elements, sizing them, and dropping them into place.

Typically it simply would not come at fairly proper for a motive you possibly can’t work out. (Donor: H-D Sportster w/ Panigale exhaust)

I may also super-impose a reproduction picture of the bike over itself after which reduce out simply the elements I would like coloured. This creates a brand new layer I can add coloration to after which drop over the unique picture, leading to one thing of a digital paint job. Components similar to numbers or tank badges are straightforward to slap on after a fast google search and a few reducing and pasting. A lot of the work is intuitive, for instance once I’m making an attempt completely different rims on a motorcycle, I simply reduce out the brand new rims and drop them over the unique bike picture after which be certain the wheel suits over the unique one completely. PicsArt additionally permits me to regulate the opacity of layers, which permits me to make varied layers kind of see-through. By doing this, I can guarantee no matter I am working with is the right dimension.

My first crack at a bobber. (Donor: Kawasaki W650)

In Pics Artwork I am particularly utilizing the “cut-out instrument”  to eliminate all the things in a photograph different than simply the specified element. Utilizing the “portray instrument” permits me to design my very own bodywork, tank, tail part, or generally simply to fill in little areas between elements to present the bike a cleaner look. In the end it comes down to simply enjoying with the software program, and since it is so intuitive you need to rapidly handle to search out your personal method of doing issues.

An instance of how I put collectively one in every of my bikes.

I might additionally wish to be very clear that I am conscious that I am taking different folks’s present designs of particular person elements and slapping them collectively. Though I’ve drawn out my very own bodywork and whatnot at occasions, I do not for a second suppose I am a “bike designer”. I’ve an unlimited respect for retailers like Deus Ex Machina who handcraft lots of their elements. I simply discover enjoyment in piecing collectively my very own two-wheeled creations, regardless as as to if or not most of them will ever be constructed (which most will not).

Final Minute Suggestions

So, I’ve discovered a couple of issues that work effectively for me that you simply would possibly wish to strive your self.

    1. A mix of a paintbrush or drawing instrument and reducing and pasting permits for a a lot wider vary of potentialities in addition to extra private inventive enter.


    1. When “portray” a motorcycle or half or including a brand, decreasing the opacity of the paint or brand by a number of % will permit no matter’s being lined’s line and shadows to indicate via leading to a extra genuine look.


    1. Making use of a light-weight filter over the completed design will assist to take care of completely different reduce out elements being in numerous lighting from no matter picture they had been reduce from. This leads to a extra uniform really feel that can make the bike look cleaner and for my part higher. There’s such factor as over doing it although.


    1. Have a common thought of what you are doing earlier than you begin. With the web being plagued by moto-porn you could have extra inspiration at your fingertips than ever earlier than. Use it.


That is what it seems to be like when it first begins being pieced collectively. Right here I’ve thrown a set of previous Ducati wheels, a customized seat I drew, and a Bimota YB3 entrance fairing onto a BMW R nineT.

5. Use a stable coloration background and search for a donor bike picture (or take the picture of the bike your self) towards a stable background similar to a painted wall. This can make reducing out elements simpler whereas additionally providing you with the very best sense of the form and silhouette of your digital bike.

6. Do it ’til it is finished proper. Typically it’ll take a myriad of makes an attempt to discover a specific half or space that works with the remainder of your design. It may be straightforward to unfastened your endurance and simply accept a wonky trying ultimate product, but it surely’s a way more satisfying expertise once you lastly get it “proper”.

The completed end result. (Donor: BMW R nineT)

For anybody seeking to dabble with an app with an extremely easy interface, there may be additionally a free Roland Sands bike builder app that permits consumer to customise a Harley with an array of real H-D and RSD elements. For in search of extra instruments, options, and choices than Pics Artwork, you actually cannot go flawed with Adobe Photoshop. There are actually tons of of picture modifying and drawing software program suites on the market. CAD exists for anybody seeking to do some severe design work, however in the end simply exploring the apps and software program that is on the market whether or not or not it’s for iOS, Android, or a non-mobile system. Misplaced of free software program exists, discover what you want and go for it.