Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:20 AM
I wouldn't try to copy the effect from the example header you gave. The image of the car, there, is at a "sitting" angle, but almost everything about the car pic you have says movement.
I understand you want to know how to do things and not what to do, but here's what I would do:
1. Rather than backing the car into the left corner of the image like it's parked there, I would drive it up towards the bottom right corner to emphasize its movement.
2. Pick two colors that match the color on the car. I don't care if the header you like is a bright sky blue. Your car is a deep dark purple. Make things blend. Have one light color and one darker color. Fill the background with the dark color and use the light color around the car (a nice 'ol splotch of it, then blur it a bit). Add a new layer and, across the bottom, make a white rectangle. Blur it a whole bunch so that you get a sort of gradient as your "ground"
3. DON'T use drop shadow. This is a 3 dimensional object that is angled out of the image. Drop shadow is for 2D images that need to lift off the surface a bit. Instead, use the line tool (on a new layer) to create a rough outline of the car's shadow, fill it with the paint bucket tool, and use the gradient tool set to transparency mode to fade it out away from the car.
4. Make a new layer just above the background layer and set the opacity to something low. Draw curves (not lines) using the line tool that approximately follow or emphasize the movement of the car.
5. Don't remove a corner of the image like the example unless you have text to put there. I take that back...even if you have text, don't remove the corner. My OCD is killing me.