Before starting a new project, you need to make sure you know the order of modifications. Although, some are interchangable or optional, knowing this hierarchy will save you lot's of time and make chopping much much easier. Credits to illusionest at ps-garage.com.
First things first, we need to know the legend. It's real simple!
Red = MUST BE IN ORDER
Blue = Either do it first OR last
Green = Optional at any time
Planning on lowering you car? Make sure you do this FIRST before any other modification because this simple step will save precious time! Imagine if you put in all your hard work and you then decide to lower the car... You would have to shift all your modifications down. You don't want that, so lower first! The same applies to raising your chop.
COLOR CHANGE (PAINT):
Now color change is blue, meaning it should be done first (after lowering) or at the very end. Also, make sure your color change is in another layer, incase you want a different color!
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