Six Simple Steps To Create A Reflection In Adobe Photoshop | DENIS L. | Skillshare

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Six Simple Steps To Create A Reflection In Adobe Photoshop

teacher avatar DENIS L., Photographer

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2 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How To Create A Reflection In Photoshop In Six Steps

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In this tutorial I'm going to show you how to create a reflection in six steps, this is a technique that works particularly well on images with open pavement or water, and HDR processed images which tend to make the pavement look wet already.

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Denis G Lemay was brought up in a little coastal town of Biddeford Maine, served in Vietnam in 1968 in the army corps of engineer, then in 1971 went to school in NY to persue the field of professional photography, and relocated to a little Dutch town of Kutztown Pennsylvania where he owned and operated Rembrandt Studios in two different locations. In 1998 Denis relocated to Wilmington North Carolina where he now owns and operates Ocean View Photography located near Wrightsville Beach NC. 


Past affiliations are PPA, WPPI, IPPG, OPHF, and CFCC. Exhibited at KU, WPPI, OPHF,NYIP. 

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. This Dennis LeMay speaking today, I want to talk about a very simple method and fun method of creating reflections. Ah, from a night scene, maybe on water or wet pavement or wherever you feel. You can create this. Um, it's Ah, it's very simple. We're doing There are different methods of creating reflections. Um, probably more complicated, but this will be a fun and simple, um, method of doing it. So we'll see you next segment on creating a reflection on water. Thank you. 2. How To Create A Reflection In Photoshop In Six Steps: Welcome back, everybody. Today I want to talk about a simple, six step method of creating reflections. There are different methods of doing this, some more complicated, another's. But for this kind of an image, um, we're going to use this simple method. It's easy and fun in photo shop. Um, I have chosen a an image on the water with the Coast Guard Dillinger more at the Cape Fear River. Now this this method works particularly well with open pavements that look wet at night. Um, you know where the building and neon lights and all that kind of stuff. But it's also works pretty good with water as well. What we want to do here is to create a reflection of the building and the Villager in the water. You could see this water is kind of rough on gay. There's a lot of movement, so that's what we're gonna do now. Before I do anything, I always like to duplicate my layer so that I can compare the two when I'm finished. So Command J or Control J on your keyboard will do that. Then, uh, let's zoom down a little bit to make it easier to work with right about there. All right, Now we're ready to start. Step number one is for us to copy the image. And then once we've copied the image, our selection that we're going to create a reflection with step number do will be to paste it. So let's do that. So we're gonna select our marquee to square toe or rectangular too, and select our image. And I'm going to select just below the ship right about think about there. Okay. To copy it, uh, command, See or control C on your keyboard. And then the pasted command V or Control V on your keyboard. And as you can see, photo shop automatically created a new layer with your selection. Yeah, Step number three. We want to flip our selection, and there are a couple ways you can do that. You can go to edit and scroll down to transform, and then scroll down to flip vertical. Or if you're like me and you like to use Ah, shortcut keys. It would be command T or controlled t and then right click scroll down to flip vertical. There you are. Now, once you've flipped a vertical stepmom before, would be to position your selection toe where your reflection, uh, toe where you went your reflection to be So we're gonna slide it down, and you don't have to be real accurate here. In fact, I won't be just to share you because we're going to fine tune that in the second. Hit the return of the enter key, and then go up to your move tool and use your your arrows to go up and down. Yes, bring it up on Right about there. I think will be just fine. Okay. Now you're gonna work a little slower than I am. I'm working a little faster for the video sake. All right, Now you can leave it just like that if you like. A lot of people like seeing reflections this bright and just for ah, an effect, which was just pretty nice. But if you want to make it look a little more realistic particularly if you're working with the open pavement worker and go to our next step. All right. Step number five is on that layer. Your copy layer. Go up to your blend modes and you can select either lighten or a screen. Let's start with screen and you could see what happened. It lightened your reflection. Or you could go with If it's too bright, you could go to lighten and you could see a difference. So you can select you the one and, um, I'm going to start with screen. We can always change it later if we want to. All right. So step number six, which is our final step. First thing you want to do is create a mask on that particular layer, a white mask. So just go down to Adam, asked to layer and click on that. You can see we have a white mask. The reason we have that is, if we have any part of that image we want Oh, to remove. We could do that with the mask. By selecting a brush to and with the black on top, we can remove whatever you want. In this case, we probably won't have to do it that at all, but anyhow, Okay, so we have our mask, and then we have to select our radiant too. We're gonna create a Grady int on our reflection to do that, make sure that your foreground background is black and white. If it's not, for instance, if it's if you have a color other than black in there if you click. If you hit D on your keyboard, it will photo shot with automatic making a black and point. Now you can flip this back and forth. You want the black on top that's gonna be your foreground. And once you've done that, collect, select your radiant tool and make sure that it's on foreground to transparent it should probably there be there by default any out. But if it isn't, you need to change it. Okay, We want to create a greedy it from the bottom to wherever you want to stop or in your reflection, and you want a straight line. Great. And so, in order to have a straight line, Grady, and hold the shift key down. When you when you create your great here, uh, would you great into Just go from the bottom holding the shift key and just slide it up to where you wanted. And you could see it automatically created a radiant. If you don't like that, Grady, if you want more, uh, just command Z and do it over again and go a little higher, but you can see that did a pretty good shop. Okay, so we have our great and we have a reflection. And if you notice the ship is lighter, I mean, the reflection is lighter than the ship. So you could change that by going back to your blend mode. And instead of using screen, you can use lighten, which will dark in that part of the image. If you want to make it darker yet you can buy sliding the opacity down. It's up to you. Yeah, that's up to you where you want to go. All right, so there you warrant there's a reflection. And it took us six steps very simple to do. And, um, I hope you enjoyed it. All you need to do now is you can flatten the image or you can create Teoh. You can make any kind of adjustments you want once you have your reflection. If you want to go Teoh an adjustment and give it a little more contrast are whatever you want to do. You could do that now. Yeah, that's up to you. If you want to make adjustments, just that reflection, you can do that by linking the two together. But that's Ah, that's another No editorial. Okay, now, what I'd like you to do is remember, I always say this at the end of the editorial. It's we always learn from each other if we share each other's projects. So what I'd like you to do is select one of your images or go out and shoot and a night shot. And, um, use this technique to create a reflection and then upload your images before and after in our project site so that we can all see what you've accomplished. And this way we can learn from each other. So thank you for listening. And, um, see you next time.