Last month we ran the results of our third Photochop Challenge. We printed 40 of the best entries and you can also find them online at eurotuner.com
Everybody seemed to enjoy the Challenge, and even some Audi officials took notice. So we've decided to give you another subject to get your teeth into this month. And don't be afraid of having a go yourself, even if you've never done it before. Every time we've run a Photochop Challenge, a photochop virgin always seems to make it into the top ten. We were amazed at just how good many first-time efforts were, proving you don't need years of experience to have a go.
For this month's challenge we contacted our friends at BMW, who kindly gave us permission to use this image of the brand new 1-Series 135i. This 300hp coupe will be the next big thing on the Euro tuning scene, with its compact dimensions, twin-turbo motor and rear-wheel drive.
Obviously BMW has done its best to make the car look special, but we know it's simply a blank canvas for your photochop skills. All you have to do is either scan this photo from the magazine, or visit eurotuner.com and download the image. The rest is up to you.
We don't mind what you do, provided you use this photo as a starting point. After that, the only limitation is your imagination. You can change the color, add wheels, spoilers, seats, widebody, lights, stickers - in fact, whatever turns you on.
And since we like to reward effort, we've again persuaded DC Shoes to donate another pair of its awesome Pro Spec 1.0 competition driving shoes. These are brand new and cost around $200, but we'll award a free pair to the photochop entry we select as the best.
The FIA-approved Pro Spec comes in several cool colors. They were developed and are used by DC Shoes' Ken Block; co-founder of the premier skate shoe company and a Subaru rally driver.
Since we're giving away a pair of Pro Specs to the best photochop, be sure to let us know your shoe size when you submit your entry. Although we have to point out for legal reasons that this isn't a competition; it's a challenge, and just for fun.
Get your entries to us by 1/14/08 - that gives you about eight weeks after this issue goes on sale to create something sensational.
You can send in your entries via email to email@example.com but please ensure your images are a minimum of 500kb at 300dpi, or we won't be able to print them. However, they can't be too big either, or they'll jam our email system, so they shouldn't be more than 2MB files. If they exceed this limit, please copy them to a CD and mail it to us at Photochop Challenge, eurotuner magazine, 6420 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048.
One word of warning: some email servers (such as Hotmail) sometimes automatically compress attachments. So please check the size of your image before you send it to us. You could try emailing it to yourself or a friend beforehand to verify.
We also require some extra information along with your photochop image. Please ensure we have your full name and shoe size. We also need a list of the mods you've carried out to the BMW.
When emailing us, please put your name as the subject of the email (eg, Andrew Thorn 135i Photochop) and do the same for the name of your jpeg image (eg, andrewthorn135.jpg). This will help us identify your image and collate your details when it comes time to select the shortlist.
Remember, this Photochop Challenge is just for fun, so there are none of the usual competition rules. You can be a professional or amateur - we don't care. You can even have a go with crayons if your grasp of computers leaves something to be desired.
So have a go and we look forward to seeing the results. We promise the best (and worst) entries will appear in a future issue of eurotuner and online at eurotuner.com