Photoshop Reflections

 Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Captivus Living is having a very interesting photo challenge.  Well, its really an editing challenge.  She posted links to very good tutorials on how to create a reflection of your image on Photoshop.  I followed this tutorial and practiced a couple times and changed a couple things.

First thing I knew I wanted to change right away is the tutorial recommends leaving a space between your image and your reflected image.  To me this just looked like a weird white line running through my picture so I did it again without leaving a space.  It also gives an option of adding a gaussian blur to your reflection, and I tried it and decided I didn't like it for this particular image.  The tutorial has you use a gradient tool to make the bottom of your image fade into white.  I decided to use this tool to the top of my image too.  I changed the perspective of my image as suggested, and to me it looked weird that the top of my photo had a distinct line while the bottom faded gradually into white.  So I used the gradient tool on a duplicate layer to fade the top of my photo into white as well and then lowered the opacity of that layer until I liked it.  This is what I ended up with.


I actually had to crop the bottom of my original image before I started because there already was a bit of a reflection on the bottom and adding an extra reflection to it just didn't look right. Go here to check out more awesome tutorials on Captivus Living and to see other reflection entries!

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Captivus April 6, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

THIS IS SO AWESOME! BEAUTIFUL! Serene! Ooooo I love it all! Look so natural!

Nicole April 7, 2011 at 5:41 AM  

Wow. Great work! This sounds intricate, but I'll have to take a look at the tutorial. Thank you for the information. Beautiful photo to begin by the way. The work you've done with it is fantastic!

Rajlakshmi April 8, 2011 at 1:22 PM  

wowww looks awesome :D
beautifully done.

Halie April 9, 2011 at 9:52 PM  

Stunningly done! Dropped over from the Photoshop Challenge

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud April 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM  

Great photo! Thanks for referencing us to the tutorial. :)
Thanks for linking up last week. Sorry for being so late to the WW party. I'm still trying to play catch up. Following you now via GFC. Have a great day! :)

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