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millerrh
Nov 13, 2007, 09:40 PM
Hey guys, I was wondering if any of you had a way to mimic the way Apple is always showing their screenshots on the web like this:

http://www.apple.com/dotmac/iweb.html

If a screen shot is purely straight on it is fairly easy, but they are making them all in a perspective yet still getting the reflection to look right. Not sure how they are doing it.



jdl8422
Nov 13, 2007, 10:21 PM
<copy the object you want to mirror
<paste it into a new layer
<rotate it 180degrees, flip it horizontal
<create a gradient mask for that layer (the button in the layers window that
looks like a square with a circle in it)
<select the gradient tool with black and white.
<use the gradient tool to gradually fade out the object

Hope this makes sense, If not PM me or email me (mailto:john@johnlivings.com), Thanks

millerrh
Nov 13, 2007, 10:24 PM
<copy the object you want to mirror
<paste it into a new layer
<rotate it 180degrees, flip it horizontal
<create a gradient mask for that layer (the button in the layers window that
looks like a square with a circle in it)
<select the gradient tool with black and white.
<use the gradient tool to gradually fade out the object

Hope this makes sense, If not PM me or email me (mailto:john@johnlivings.com), Thanks

Thanks, I actually get that part...it's the part how the pictures are all at angles, yet the reflections look normal. I think the way to do it is to do like what you are saying, save each screen shot/image with reflection as a new image, then paste them into another document (with reflections) and warp them. I'm hoping the reflections will still look like reflections after they've been warped, but I'm not sure.

LeviG
Nov 14, 2007, 08:44 AM
flip the image onto a new layer (as you know) - merge/combine/group the layers and then use the distort/perspective tools (probably easiest if you merge each set of images) etc to get the angles you want. Layer images as needed to get final image like apples.

millerrh
Nov 14, 2007, 09:29 AM
flip the image onto a new layer (as you know) - merge/combine/group the layers and then use the distort/perspective tools (probably easiest if you merge each set of images) etc to get the angles you want. Layer images as needed to get final image like apples.

Yep, that's what I did and it worked. At first I was trying to make the reflection off the already distorted image and that wasn't working out too well. Thanks!

wheezy
Nov 14, 2007, 11:15 AM
<copy the object you want to mirror
<paste it into a new layer
<rotate it 180degrees, flip it horizontal
<create a gradient mask for that layer (the button in the layers window that
looks like a square with a circle in it)
<select the gradient tool with black and white.
<use the gradient tool to gradually fade out the object

Hope this makes sense, If not PM me or email me (mailto:john@johnlivings.com), Thanks

Ya know, I was SO proud of myself when I figured out how to make a reflection in PS exactly like this. Ahhh, the first days of designing.

That-Is-Bull
Nov 14, 2007, 12:49 PM
<copy the object you want to mirror
<paste it into a new layer
<rotate it 180degrees, flip it horizontal
<create a gradient mask for that layer (the button in the layers window that
looks like a square with a circle in it)
<select the gradient tool with black and white.
<use the gradient tool to gradually fade out the object

Or CMD+J, flip vertical, erase. That's how I do it.

millerrh
Nov 14, 2007, 11:43 PM
Well, in case you all were wondering, here is the final flyer I was working on thanks to some of your advice. Thanks again!