Easiest way to do reflective floors in photoshop

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by millerrh, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    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:


    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.
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    <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, Thanks
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    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.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    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.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    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!
  6. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Alpine, UT
    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.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2007
    Edmond, Oklahoma
    Or CMD+J, flip vertical, erase. That's how I do it.
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2005
    Well, in case you all were wondering, here is the final flyer I was working on thanks to some of your advice. Thanks again!

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