How To Give Your Digital Image A Reflection
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!