Photoshop Tutorial for CS6 & later: How to Turn On Automobile Headlights!

Hi. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. I’m going to show you how to turn on your
car’s headlights from scratch! This tutorial is only for versions CS6 and later. I provided 2 car photos that you can choose
to download which are located in my video’s description or project files below. Or you can use your own photo if you’d like. The first step is to convert it into a Smart
Object, so we can modify it non-destructively. To do this, click the icon at the upper, right of the Layers panel and click “Convert to Smart Object”. If your photo was taken during the day, you
can make it look like evening or even nighttime by clicking the Adjustment Layer icon and
clicking “Color Lookup”. Click “Load 3D LUT” and click “NightFromDay.CUBE”. I think it’s a bit too dark, so let’s lighten
the adjustment layer by reducing its opacity to 60%. Next, we’ll create the basic shape of light
illuminating from this headlight. Click the New layer icon to make a new layer. Let’s name it “Headlight 1”. Open your Pen Tool and choose “Path”. Click outside your document approximately
here if you’re using the same photo. Release and click on the top of this headlight. Release again and click the bottom of the headlight. Release and click outside your document again
approximately here. Release one last time and click the first
anchor point to close the path. You know a path is closed when you see this small, circle. Right-click directly on the path to open a
fly-out menu. Click “Make Selection” and the Feather Radius
is 0 pixels. Invert the selection by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + Shift + I. We’ll fill the selection with white, but
first, if your foreground and background colors aren’t black and white respectively, press
“D” on your keyboard. Since white is your background color, press
Ctrl or Cmd + Delete. Deselect it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + D. Next,
we’ll soften the light the further it is from the headlight. But first, convert it into a Smart Object,
so we can adjust the blur at any time if we want to. Go to Filter, Blur Gallery and “Field Blur”. Again, you won’t see the Blur Gallery in versions
earlier than CS 6. We’ll blur the furthest area of the light
by dragging the “Field Blur Pin” to the edge of the light and either dragging the dial inside
or by dragging the slider or typing in the amount here. I’ll type in 87 pixels. The closer the light is to the headlight,
the less blurry it should be, so we’ll click on the headlight to add another field blur pin. Let’s type in 23 pixels. Then, click OK at the top. Next, we’ll make the light less intense the
further it is from the headlight. Click the Layer Mask icon to make a layer
mask next to the active layer. We’ll need a little more room, so zoom out by pressing Ctrl or Cmd and the minus key on your keyboard. Open your Gradient Tool and make sure the
Linear Gradient icon is active. Open your gradient thumbnails and click the
Black to Transparent thumbnail. Click outside your document approximately
here and drag your tool to just before the headlight. Make a copy of it by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ J. Name it it “Headlight 2”. Click the eyeball icon next to the original
headlight to temporarily hide it. To resize and reposition the headlight copy, open your Transform Tool by pressing Ctrl or Cmd + T. If you see this message, just click OK. Go to a corner and when you see a diagonal, double-arrow, press and hold Alt or Option + Shift as you drag it in approximately this
much and then drag it so the right edge is over the other headlight. Then, press Enter or Return. Make the original headlight visible again. To save space in the Layers panel, let’s place
both headlights into a folder. To do this, Shift-click the bottom headlight
to make IT active, as well, and press Ctrl or Cmd + G. Name the folder, “Headlights”. Next, we’ll add lens flares to brighten the
headlights and add light refractions. Click the New Layer icon to make a new layer
and fill it with black. Change its blend mode to “Screen”. Name it, “Lens flare”. We’ll make a composite snapshot of our image
to position the first lens flare over this headlight. To do this, press Ctrl + Shift + Alt + E on
WIndows or Cmd + Shift + Option + E on a Mac. Let’s zoom back in by pressing Ctrl or Cmd
and the “plus” key on our keyboard. Go to Filter, Render and Lens Flare. Make the Brightness 75% and the Lens Type:
“Movie Prime”. Drag it as close as you can over this headlight and then, click OK. Don’t be concerned if the lens flare isn’t
in the exact position you want it to be. We’ll be able to finesse its position in a moment. Since Photoshop remembers the exact position
we placed the lens flare, we can delete the composite snapshot by pressing the Delete
key on our keyboard. Press Ctrl or Cmd + F to repeat the last filter
in the exact position. To reposition the lens flare, press “v” to open your Move Tool and drag it directly over the headlight. We’ll confine the lens flare refractions after
we apply an additional lens flare to this headlight. Make a copy of the lens flare and fill it with black. Go back to Filter, Render and Lens Flare. Click “105mm Prime”. As you did earlier, drag it directly over the headlight. We’ll place both lens flares into a folder
by Shift-clicking the bottom flare to make it active, as well and pressing Ctrl or Cmd
+ G. Name the folder, “Lens flare 1”. Go to the Layer Mask icon and Alt-click or
Option-click it to make a black layer mask next to the lens flare folder. Notice that as soon as you made the layer
mask, your colors inverted. Now, white should be your foreground color. Open your Brush Tool and Brush Picker. Make its size: 600 pixels, the Hardness: 0%
and the Opacity and Flow: 100% each. Center your cursor over the headlight and click once to reveal both lens flares through the layer mask. Make a copy of the lens flare and open your Move Tool. Drag the lens flare copy over the other headlight. I’d like to make the lights emanating from
the headlights a little less intense, so I’ll make the Headlights folder active and reduce
their opacity to 80%. Next, we’ll add road illumination from the headlights. Make the top layer active and make a new layer
above it. I’ll name it “Road Illumination”. Open your “Elliptical marquee Tool” and drag an elliptical selection approximately this shape over the lower left corner. To reposition it, press the Space bar and drag it. Go to Select, Modify and Feather. Feather it 50 pixels and click OK or press
Enter or Return. Fill it with white and deselect it. Change its Blend Mode to Overlay. This is Marty from Blue Lightning TV. Thanks for watching!


  1. Jamal Alanag October 15, 2017 at 11:02 pm


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  3. Rossie Taylor October 15, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Your the man Marty keep up the good work

  4. Dj-TonyMix Mundo October 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    very nice Marty thanks 🙏🏽

  5. abdo ori October 15, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    What a favorite site

  6. WaLya Express October 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm


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  8. AJ Sharf October 16, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Amazing Marty, Thanks.

  9. Denisson Batista October 16, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Perfect ♥

  10. Ed Blazejewski October 16, 2017 at 2:08 am

    Very cool Marty, love this technique. Thanks for sharing.

  11. SNEHAL JADHAV October 16, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Can I edite with Photoshop cs6 2012

  12. oobqoo design October 16, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I respect your creativity))))))))))))))

  13. Sujon Ahmed October 16, 2017 at 6:10 am


  14. ARTIST'IO B October 16, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Thank you

  15. ldjtje October 16, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Again, a stunning tutorial my friend. So much knowledge, unbelieveble. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Technical Support October 16, 2017 at 9:12 am


  17. Nishanth Chandar October 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Marty I'm your biggest fan …Your tutorials are damn perfect.. please do upload a tutorial on digital painting …A request from your Fan 😊😊

  18. Rohini Chavan October 16, 2017 at 10:23 am

    I like your video…its very helpful ……could you please upload some interior designer related elevation tutorial in photoshop .

  19. Trupak Beats October 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Great work!

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  21. Rakib Hossain October 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I am waiting for this

  22. _Prophet _ October 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Hey. tell me how to create realistic textures using Photoshop. Thank you!

  23. Chris Tine October 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    this was really helpful. so clear, concise

  24. laszlo zsurka October 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm


  25. Ismaeil MAZZI October 16, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Amazing work Sir thanks alot

  26. Fawzy Farrag October 17, 2017 at 4:22 am

    As always, all of your tutorial videos are wonderful !!

  27. asap October 17, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    I'm Russian, but still know Your lessons, and look with pleasure. Thank you!

  28. Francesca Anne October 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Awesome! Can you make a tutorial on making synth wave mountains and a sun?

  29. Ben Flay October 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks marty I'll use this on other stuff like my tardis

  30. Briar Patch October 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Showing Blur Gallery unavailable, stuck.

  31. Hari nath October 20, 2017 at 8:16 am

    nice work super

  32. Top 10 October 22, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I am using Adobe PS cs6 when i am trying to use Blur option, that #FieldBlur option is unhide. Let me know how to Unhide #FieldBlur option?

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  37. Steven B October 26, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Anything similar to this in gimp?

  38. Jake Dressler October 28, 2017 at 12:19 am

    To repeat the lens flare on Windows it is ctrl + alt + F

  39. Manoj Jethwani October 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    i have photoshop cs6 2012 edition but it does not show night from day file

  40. Scott Plumer October 31, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Hmm. Field blur is greyed out for me. Edit: turns out, if the layer isn't a Smart Object, Field blur shows up. Yes, I'm using CS6.

  41. Muhammad Azeem November 3, 2017 at 5:49 am

    great tutorial

  42. photo shop November 5, 2017 at 5:48 am

    how can i download cs6 free. please tell me

  43. Muhammad Raaj November 11, 2017 at 6:46 am

    I love 💟 your all tutorials… you are a real Photoshop master Marty

  44. photo shop November 25, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    which is free (cs, cs2, cs3, cs4, cs5)

  45. Chris Turner December 4, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    I can only use Field Blur when my layer has not been converted to a smart object?

  46. Muhammad Abbas January 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    field blur is not accessible in my photoshop, I am using cs6

  47. GAADEON February 8, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Muy buenos vídeos haces…espero que entienda español…Saludos desde Argentina…🤙

  48. Chek Romlek August 5, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Extremely great for me

  49. Viktor Božičević March 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Appreciate the effort!

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