How to create a digital reflection in Photoshop
Hello and welcome to yet another tutorial on Photoshop. The tutorial is all about creating a digital reflection of a image. The tutorial is really good and gives clear instruction on how to add the reflection. The tutorial also shows how to use different tools in Photoshop. It’s a really nice video and you can learn a lot from it.
Hi there my name is George Peterson and today I am gonna be teaching you how to do a digital reflection. Ammm okay so what i have here have my image that’s a little bit slanted and I need to cut it out so I am not gonna spend the time to show you exactly how to go and do the pen tool and cut it all out. So it’s fine to say just go in pen tool around it create a 1 pixel feather selection and and then with some magic boom there it is right there.
Okay so what we want to here is we want to use our marquee tool and we want to right click layer via copy. Down here I am gonna go to the background layer and create a new layer and I will get my paint bucket out. And I want to make a background and I will just do white. Let’s do a white background so that’s get with our normal background. Ammm next I wanna create another layer and I wanna get that new layer right down here. And then next I wanna make a use our marquee tool and I wanna make a ammm horizon line where the the car sits on similar to you know the real one that we had in the original picture.
Ammm we are gonna use grey, hey giff you’re your paint bucket tool, fill that in there. Ctrl D deselects it ammm and then what I am gonna do I am gonna resize my car oops resize my car. And bring him over here to the left just a little too there. There so we have car sitting on a horizon line looking pretty good. So next what we wanna do is we want do we need a reflection for for the car, so what we wanna do is we wanna come down here and I like to drag drag the layer down make a copy of it. So now we have two layers I am gonna take the top layer and I am gonna go edit, transform, scale I am just gonna take it and flip it upside down. And really I mean you can pretty much eye baller just like you can see probably about right. Alright that is probably pretty close and then we can just adjust your capacity down. Six, 65 percent is too much we wanna go straight 45 percent, 45 percent ammm and we’ve got a pretty nice looking reflection going out there.
So next what we are gonna do we want to add a little bit more dimension by creating a shadow underneath a car. Now you can do like a pen tool or a shadow out like the actual shadow ammm but I think some times you run in problems with that would be something in the shadow that you don’t want to be in your image that could just throw it all off. What you wanna do is go in your main layer that has the car, right ctrl click and you are going to let’s make another selection of car. We are going to create a new layer and then we are gonna fill that with black. And then hit ctrl D and then so this is gonna be your shadow.
Now, what we are gonna do is a ctrl T for transform, we just wanna skew this down just like skewed clear clear clear clear down. And zoom in just a little bit so you can see all that and hit enter. And then let’s drag it out below the car so bang, the car has a shadow but that’s a pretty hard shadow. So we wanna we wanna make that we wanna blur that just a little bit. So just go to filter blur, Gaussian blur and lets go down here ammm you know like 5 pixels, 5 pixels may be a may be little bit less, may be like 3. Oh that looks pretty good so lets hit that and we wanna bring your capacity down of that just a little tiny bit down to just go 80 percent. So bang there we go we have, we have got a car with the reflection doesn’t look too bad.
There is still one more thing we can do just to add just little bit of realism to the to the images. So I am gonna create a new image I am gonna grab my marquee tool and I am gonna make it an elliptical marquee. And I just wanna make it a elliptical marquee that just kind of drags across the front of that image. And I like to like to keep a kind of about right there, you know just after bottom of the thing within your we are gonna create a line that goes right across that the reflection. And that is going to give us a nice mirrored effect. So after we do that we are going to grab our gradient tool and we want to hit DE for to give you defaults colors back view and we are actually gonna be going from white to white to transparent.
So, don’t wanna do that okay so now what we are gonna do is we are gonna drag it from bottom and boo ya first try and we got a really really nice soft gradient. Sometimes realistically ctrl Z you know try it a few times we just want a real subtle, a subtle line right there but look at that, that’s pretty dazing decent may be bring capacity down just a little tiny bit. And there we go we got a nice, nice digital reflection, the only thing that we have in there is a, is the car was the only thing that is original in that image including the shadows and stuff so. Anyway try that out, see everything and hopefully you learned something that you didn’t knew before.