How I turn on my headlights...

I am really enjoying my new digital photographic collage series, Cars with Curves! One of the things I have enjoyed playing with is the concept of having the car's headlights appear to be on.

1955 Chevy in the City was my first experiment with lights. I made the street lights and headlights glow just a little bit.

1955 Chevy in the City was my first experiment with lights. I made the street lights and headlights glow just a little bit.

So here is my secret:

I start with an almost finished scene. (I will talk more about how I did this in my next post.)

I start with an almost finished scene. (I will talk more about how I did this in my next post.)

I add a "dot" of white using the blurred paint brush in photo shop over top of the lights as a separate layer. I could keep it this bright but I didn't...

I add a "dot" of white using the blurred paint brush in photo shop over top of the lights as a separate layer. I could keep it this bright but I didn't...

I lowered the opacity on the white layer to 63% so that you can see the lights under it.

I lowered the opacity on the white layer to 63% so that you can see the lights under it.

Next I added two layers on the road and lowered their opacity too so you can see a bit of the road texture underneath (and it softens the image).

Next I added two layers on the road and lowered their opacity too so you can see a bit of the road texture underneath (and it softens the image).

Finally I imagined that the road was a bit wet, so I added a final layer of solid silver pattern to look like a reflection on the road.

Finally I imagined that the road was a bit wet, so I added a final layer of solid silver pattern to look like a reflection on the road.

Love and safe travels, Dawn