Have you ever captured a really amazing picture of a car or motorcycle only to realize that you forgot to turn the headlights on while you were on location? Don't you worry about a thing because Photoshop makes it a breeze to flip on those high beams in just a few easy steps.
As a portrait photographer it’s a rare occurrence for me to photograph a vehicle, but every so often I will use a car or motorcycle as a prop to help enhance the photo. I know there are probably hundreds of different ways to achieve this effect, but this is what works for me. Who knows, it might just work for you too.
If the above video isn't really your thing, I have included step by step instructions with pictures in case that's more up your alley.
Create a new blank layer and change the blending mode to Linear Dodge (Add).
Select the brush tool and make sure the Opacity and Flow are at 100% and the Hardness is set to 0%
Set the brush size to be roughly the same size as the light and paint over it by clicking once.
Create a Hue and Saturation Layer and check the "colorize" box.
Don't be alarmed when your image looks like this!
Create a Clipping Mask to link the Hue/Saturation layer to your painted layer and get rid of the blanket color over your image.
Your layers should now look like this.
Adjust the hue, saturation, and lightness sliders within the Hue/Saturation layer to achieve your desired color and brightness for the light.
If you want to adjust the intensity of the light just play wth the fill slider on the painted layer.
Repeat as needed...
As I said before, this is definitely not the only way to to do this but it's the way that works for me. If you have a different way that works for you I would love to know what that is. I'm always up for trying new things, especially if it helps streamline my workflow.