Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Photoshop Tricks: Mirror Reflections

I received a request from one of my readers to put up posts for editing images in Photoshop. I decided it was not a bad idea after all, so I'm posting some of the tricks I learned from my many years of self-exploration and online instruction.

This tutorial is taken from

Let's start off with mirror reflections. Tech gadgets around the worldwide web have often been shown in advertisements as reflecting a smooth and liquid reflection. This is really one of the easiest effects to do with Photoshop, but the end result will leave others amazed with your creation.

I have created a new document and just type PS Reflection as you can see in the screenshot below.
PS reflection text

The first step is to duplicate our text layer. You can do that by simply pressing Ctrl+J or by going to Layer -> Duplicate Layer.

Now, select the Move Tool (V) and drag the duplicate layer below the original one like in the screenshot below.

aligning the layers

(You can also add a bit of perspective to the reflection layer by transforming it (Edit->Transform->Perspective) if you want.

The next step is to add a layer mask to the duplicate layer. To do this simply click on the add layer mask button in the layers palette.

add layer mask button

Now pick the Gradient Tool and draw a gradient (black to white) in the direction that the arrow is showing in the screenshot below. (Hold Shift while you draw the gradient)

gradient direction

You should now have something like this.

Gradient result

Finally just reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer and you are all done. I reduced the opacity to 35% and here is my final result.

Final result of photoshop training session

There is no golden rule about the opacity % , just play with the opacity setting until you get your desired result.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

wow. this is a great tutorial, JB! thanks for sharing. anyways, let's link ex ha. tc!