Highway At Night

Hi,

How can I create an effect like this in photoshop.  Please see link.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2171/2064930681_ff9c3ee27b.jpg

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lherrouConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Sorry, I misunderstood. I thought you were looking to take a photo like that, but you want to take a photo of the highway, and add the effects in photoshop so it looks like that.

Is your photo of the highway taken at night or daylight? If it's daylight, your first step is getting it to look like it was taken at night. You'll need 3-4 layers to achieve that, I'd probably start with three layers - your original photo, a midnight blue-black, and then a copy of the photo. Turn off the copy, so you see just the midnight blue-black layer. Play around with  You'll need to play around with the opacity and blending options on that layer until your underlying photo shines through but looks like night (at least to some extent). Then turn on the copy and adjust opacity and blending so it begins to highlight certain points that you want to shine through. You'll likely need to use the eraser brush to erase some portions of this layer.

Take a look at this tutorial for how they add glow and glowing lines to see how you might add the lines made by the headlights: http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials-effects/advanced-glow-effects/

You'll also need to add some glow to the street line markers, etc, so they look reflectorized and lit by the headlights, maybe star around the streetlights some, etc.
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hhammashAuthor Commented:
The image is attached also.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2171/2064930681_ff9c3ee27b.jpg

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HighwayAtNight.jpg
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lherrouCommented:
hhammash,

This effect is created by using a camera that allows full control over aperture, shutter, and ISO. It looks like it was placed on a tripod on an overpass, with a low ISO (probably around 100) and small aperture, and then the shutter was left open for a long time, perhaps as long as two minutes or so.

You might pick up another tip or two from this tutorial: http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Night-photography-tutorial-4717

Cheers,
LHerrou
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hhammashAuthor Commented:
Thank you Iherrou,

I know that this was taken by a camera and I know how,  but I wanted to know to do add this effect to an empty highway using photoshop. Obviously it can be done,  but it needs lot of accuracy.

I will check the link and get back to you.

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flyingsquirelConnect With a Mentor Commented:
1. If the photo is daylight then use an adjustment layer to lower the exposure to give the night effect.

2. Add a layer above and use the PEN tool to create the "light curves".

3. Select a "red color" you can use the eyedropper tool on the image above if you want a good match. Then with a small rounded brush selected select one or more of the paths and click the "stroke path" icon. You will see the red lines on the upper layer.

4. Repeat for any other colours.

5. Use the Layer effects panel and add "outer glow". Pick a colour the same as the curve and adjust the glow to suit.

6. You might want to add some Directional or gausian blur to the line layer for a more realistic effect.

DONE
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hhammashAuthor Commented:
Thank you flyingsquirel,

As you noticed on the photo above the lines are not sharp and/or sometimes not continuous,  how to give the effect of disconnection?  I mean having gaps in the lines to denote that there is a space between one car and another.  In the image above the lines are continuous,  but sometimes you see gaps.

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Ioannis AnifantakisSoftware EngineerCommented:
For that you will have to use various layers for the lines.
Create your line and duplicate the line layer and then dislocate it.

Cut some info from one layer and some from the other and have them both visible (line will look broken).

As for streight and sharp lines ofcourse you will have to use arcs. Draw various circles and connect em together producing your curve line.  Then break it up with duplicate layers as I said above.

I assume you know how to make them glow, so thats another question
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Ioannis AnifantakisSoftware EngineerCommented:
Other than that try to select with magic wand a line of the road lanes.

And use this selection as a template to produce your glowing effect by producing parallel lines to that :)

Its EASY
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Ioannis AnifantakisSoftware EngineerCommented:
Many yellow road lines up there.
Combine my first and my second suggestion by using as many of the regular yellow normal road lines.

Comment 1 and comment 2 together and you get that effect
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hhammashAuthor Commented:
Thank you,
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