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How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop

Written by Emily Steel, Marketing Manager at Omega High-Impact Print Solutions


Creating stunning visual effects is not only a rewarding experience but also a fantastic way to enhance your design skills. In this step-by-step how-to, we'll guide you through the process of achieving a captivating reflection effect in Photoshop. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced designer looking to add a new technique to your repertoire, this tutorial is tailored for you. Get ready to transform your images and elevate your design game with this simple yet impactful reflection effect.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop

Let's begin!





Step 1

Open your isolated art and background. Then select the CROP tool in your tool bar.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 2

Drag the edges of your canvas to roughly twice the original height. You may expand the width slightly if you wish.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 3

Select the layer with your isolated art. Then hit "COMMAND+C" and "COMMAND+V" to duplicate the layer.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Select 4

With the new art layer selected, click EDIT>TRANSFORM>FLIP VERTICAL.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 5

Align the newly flipped layer with the original by dragging with the MOVE tool. Then, with the flipped layer selected, click the LAYER MASK button at the bottom right of your screen.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 6

With the layer mask selected, click the GRADIENT tool from your tool bar.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 7

Click and hold below the flipped layer, and drag upward. Adjust the end and start points of your gradient scale to your liking.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Step 8

You may also adjust the opacity of the layer mask to further edit the reflection to achieve the desired result.


How To Create a Reflection Effect in Photoshop



Congratulations! You've successfully navigated the steps to create a mesmerizing reflection effect in Photoshop. With a newfound skill in your creative toolkit, the possibilities for enhancing your visuals are endless. Remember, practice makes perfect, so feel free to experiment with different images and settings to customize the reflection effect to your liking. As you continue to explore the vast world of digital design, stay curious, stay creative, and keep pushing the boundaries of what you can achieve with your artistic vision. Happy designing!


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