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How To Give Your Digital Image A Reflection

Updated on August 27, 2015

A Step by Step Guide to Create a Reflection

Giving your digital image a reflection not only makes it a bit different and more interesting, it looks as though you have created something really complicated and clever!

If, like me you are still learning and experimenting in Adobe Photoshop, then why not try this? It’s a really easy little guide to follow and it’s good practice for working with layers.

Creating a reflection in Adobe Photoshop

To create a digital image reflection in Adobe Photoshop, first you will need to produce a background image.

To produce a background image:-

  • Select File, New
  • Set Size to 8 inches, width 12 inches and height 300dpi.

This will produce a nice large image to print.

  • Select your colour in the Colour Window
  • In the Layers Window (normally on the right hand side of your screen) click on the icon at the bottom ‘Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer‘
  • Then choose Gradient.

  • ‘Open’ a new image (the one you would like to use).
  • Select the Move tool and then drag the image to the background layer.

If the image is too large:-

  • Go to Edit
  • Select Free Transform
  • Hold down the SHIFT key and move the cursor to the bottom right of the photo and position and size your image as required (this keeps your image proportionate).

  • Click on Layer in the task bar, and then then Duplicate Layer.
  • This has created a layer on top of your first image.
  • Position this to the edge of the bottom of your image with the Move tool.
  • Go to Edit, select Transform and Flip Vertically.
  • Ensure your colour palette on the left hand side of your screen is black/white and then select the Gradient tool.  
  • Go to the top task bar on the left hand side and click on the Gradient Picker.  
  • Select the top left hand side Gradient.

  • Click ‘Q’ on the keyboard: this takes you into ‘Quick Mask Mode’
  • Hold down the SHIFT key and take the cursor to where the two images meet; drag the cursor down to the bottom of the reflection photo and click.  The image takes on a red hue.
  • Press ‘Q’ again to exit out of the ‘Quick Mask Mode’

  • Press the delete button 2 or 3 times to achieve your desired reflection effect.
  • Go to the layers window on the left hand side of your screen; here you can alter the ‘Opacity’ - 60% works well.
  • Press CTRL and D to de-select the image.
  • Save your image.

Experiment with the background colour you choose, as this makes a big difference to the mood of your image. Also, I find that ‘Gradient’ works well, but you may prefer a solid colour.

Congratulations! Now you know how to easily give your digital images a really cool looking reflection. Enjoy experimenting!


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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Om Paramapoonya, glad you found the hub useful and the instructions easy to follow, it's a great effect that makes a photo a lot more interesting. thanks for calling in and voting up have a great weekend!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Thanks for the tips and easy-to-follow instructions. I like photographing and photoshopping too. Rated up and bookmarked! :)

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi scarface1300 glad you enjoyed my hub, I am still experimenting with Photoshop, there's lots to learn! This is a nice easy one, enjoy and have fun!

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      Scarface1300 6 years ago

      Hi Movie Master.

      Great Hub, very informative. I often did edit a lot of my own pictures but that was only in the dark room. I still prefer that way but as now everything is digital I will have to knuckle down. I still use my old Nikon but Getting b&w film nowadays can be quite an effort. I have not had a lot of experience with Photoshop. But will look forward to giving it a shot now. Thanks again.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Hyphenbird, great to hear my hub has inspired you!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh, I am excited to try this one. I used to use Photoshop quite a bit but got away from it. your great Hubs are giving me the inspiration to get started again.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals, hope you enjoy creating a 'reflection' thanks for rating up and your comments.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Movie Master, great instructions. Even I can follow them. Rated up and useful.

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi David, enjoy playing with layers!! thanks for your comments.

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      David Warren 6 years ago from Nevada

      Great Hub! Thank you, I'm going to try this right now! I have Photoshop 9 and Photomatix, would love to get CS5 but still a bit on the high end for price. I am still learning about working with layers and am confident your hub will help. :)

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Glad you enjoyed the hub and the tips, thanks for your comments!

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      thehemu 6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Really great hub. thanks for sharing theses tips.