How to Turn on Headlights of a Car in Photoshop


This article is all about turning the headlights on. You can use this method to turn the lights on of a car, or a motorbike, or a truck, or a flashlight, etc. This article will show car lights. The lights will be totally made from scratch, so you don't face any problem creating them. So let's get started.

Part 1
Creating Beams Of Light

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It can be an image of a car or bike or a flashlight-anything that has a light source on it.

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Or go to Tool bar on the left and right click on the Lasso Tool icon, then click on the Polygonal lasso tool.

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Make the triangle bigger as you go far (as shown below). Then release it to make it a selection.

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By pressing ⇧ Shift+← Backspace in Windows or press ⇧ Shift+Delete in Mac or ⇧ Shift+F5 in both. Or go to Edit > Fill... above.

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Do this by going Filter > Blur Gallery > Field Blur....

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You can give a little bit of blur there. The blur intensity can be between 20px to 30px.

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And set the blur intensity between 200px to 300px depending upon the image.

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And it will apply on the layer.

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Reason behind adding it is that it should look more intense closer to the car and less intense further away from the car. Add the Layer Mask by clicking on the Layer Mask icon below the layers pallet. And a white mask will be visible beside the layer.

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To go to the Gradient Tool press G or press ⇧ Shift+G a couple of times. This will give it a more realistic effect. And use Black to Transparent Gradient or Black to White Gradient.

Part 2
Adding Light Streaks

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Now fill it with bunch of little dots and specks. Color doesn't matter at this stage.

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Set the Amount between 80 to 85, set the Blur Method to zoom, and Quality to good or best. And click OK. It will apply on the dots.

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By going to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation... or by pressing Ctrl+U on Windows or ⌘ Command+U on Mac.

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But the source should be at the light source.

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Or duplicate it, then rotate it around, anything which looks better.

Part 3
Making the second Light

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First select all the light layers.

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Or Right-click > Group from Layers.... Name it anything like First Light. Then click on OK.

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Or Right-click > Duplicate Group.... You can name it anything like First Light Copy or Second Light.

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Drag and place it in the place of the second light source.

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And turn off the light streaks if required.

Part 4
Lighting the ground

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By pressing ⇧ Shift+Ctrl or ⌘ Command+Alt+N on the Keyboard.

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By using the Brush tool(B).

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And place it just beside it.

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By pressing Ctrl+E on Windows or ⌘ Command+E on Mac.

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Located on Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur....

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0 pixels to 75.0 pixels, and hit OK.

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Part 5
Adding a Lens Flare

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