How to add reflection to angled images in PS?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Greenhoe, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Greenhoe macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I use the reflection feature a lot and I was wondering how I can add a reflection to an image such as [​IMG]

    I'm not sure how I would do this reflection since the bottom of the box is not straight, normally I would duplicate the box, flip vertical and then add the gradient to give it the reflection look, Although how do you do that when an objects botom is not even?

  2. LeviG macrumors 65816

    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    you would do the same but have to play with perspective etc to make the reflection line up.
  3. design-is macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2007
    London / U.K.
  4. rema macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2006
    what i tried was duplicating the layer
    then rotating it 180 degrees
    adding layer mask
    add gradient so it fades out
    the adjust opacity to it

    but i realized it didn't line up
    like the original

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  5. PixelFactory macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    Here is what I did.

    1. Duplicate the layer
    2. On the bottom version Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical
    3. Then Edit>Transform>Distort. Here is where it can be a bit difficult. You need to move the anchors until the image lines up with the original. On this image I first did the right side by pulling the right side anchor up. I also adjusted the bottom anchors for perspective.
    4. Add a layer mask to the reflection layer and apply a gradient to it.
    5. Adjust the opacity of the layer.

    Hope that helps.

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  6. PixelFactory macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2003
    As a little disclaimer to what I did above, this technique only works for box like objects. Things like spheres, rings or anything with objects protruding on the front will not look natural. Like the ring image attached. The reflection would show what is underneath.

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  7. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    Strata has 3D plugin for PhotoshopCS3Extended that allows 3D models to be created/positioned etc...
    Creating a visually accurate reflection effect with this inexpensive plugin would basically be a no-brainer.

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