Players can select from a series of different categories highlighted at the top of the menu to the right of the screen. Each category includes a variety of images relating to the intended style of that category. New categories can be unlocked upon the player reaching a higher Driver Level or by purchasing each individually with SpeedBoost.
Each vinyl within a category can be applied to any vehicle but must be purchased with Cash before leaving the Vinyl Shop section of the Aftermarket Shop. Some special vinyls can be applied without having to spend Cash.
Some vinyl categories are only available upon the player topping up their SpeedBoost. These categories alter on an irregular basis but some holiday themed categories may only appear at specific periods of the year.
Each vehicle can have up to 31 individual vinyls applied to them. Each vinyl can be altered using a set of tools but the available manipulation options can be locked for certain types of vinyls.
Move - Reposition a vinyl layer using by either clicking and dragging it with the mouse or by using the directional controls found to the bottom left of the screen.
Scale - Alter the size of a vinyl layer by either clicking and dragging it with the mouse or by using the directional controls found to the bottom left of the screen. Using the diagonal arrows will retain the standard proportions of a vinyl layer
Skew - Alters the standard proportions of a vinyl layer by making the shape longer across one axis whilst smaller along another. This can be performed by either clicking and dragging it with the mouse or by using the magnitude controls found to the bottom left of the screen.
Rotate - Changes the angle of the vinyl via its fixed central point through 0o to 360o. This can be performed by either clicking and dragging it with the mouse or by using the rotation controls found to the bottom left of the screen.
Flip - Alters the shape of the vinyl by swapping either side of the image with the other. This can be done vertically or horizontally and only through the usage of the axis controls found to the bottom left of the screen.
Colour - Modifies the available colour zones of a vinyl with the available scheme displayed on a table consisting of possible hue, saturation and value combinations.
Mirror - The vinyl will be duplicated on the same layer on the opposite side of the vehicle. This is performed across the centre x axis of a vehicle's vinyl space.
The Meridian category includes the numbers 00 to 99 in the form of a retro racing number decal.
Unlocked at Driver Level 5 or purchasable with 150 with each vinyl costing 100. This category includes a series of racing inspired images such as stripes, mechanical items, chequered flags and ribbons.
Unlocked at Driver Level 25 or purchasable with 1,100 with each vinyl costing 300. This category includes a series of much more complex images distinctly reminiscent of varying countries such as Mexico and Japan.
Unlocked at Driver Level 30 or purchasable with 1,200 with each vinyl costing 500. This category includes a series of camouflage designs such as woodland, digital and dazzle with each being a full body shape.
Chinese New YearEdit
Six categories of vinyls culminating into a collection of over thirty images relating to Winter. They are released during the month of December.
Hot PursuitEditNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) on the same account.
A special vinyl only available during Need for Speed: World's First Anniversary celebrations.
A collection of vinyls only available during Need for Speed: World's Second Anniversary celebrations.