[Tutorial]Making a Reflection[Tutorial]

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  1. Chucky102

    Chucky102 Well-Known Member

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    Hello Everyone!
    I'm here again with another tutorial.
    This one was a request actually.
    After we finish going over this tutorial,
    you should be able to make a nice
    reflection of almost any object/image!
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    Step by Step

    Step 1.
    Have the desired image you want to reflect ready!
    There is no limitations on it, so it's your choice.
    I'm going to use this avatar/icon I just made for example:

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    Now that we've chosen what we want to reflect, let's open
    up Photoshop. Create a new document.

    Note: The size depends on whatever your image you're trying
    to reflect is, but always try to make the document bigger.
    I'm going to use 200px by 200px. You choose what you want.

    Step 2.
    Now that we have made our new document, let's open our
    image/avatar/icon in Photoshop.

    Step 3.
    Simply grab the your image and drop it onto your
    newly created document, which we made earlier:

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    As you can see I placed it in a top centered way.
    This will help later on. Close the original image.

    Step 4.
    Go to the object and click "alt" and drag it out, you should have something like this:

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    Step 5.
    Go to your menu bar and select the "Move Tool":

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    You'll noticed that the menu bar changed look for the option called
    "Show Transform Controls" and check it.

    Step 6.
    Go to your duplicate avatar/icon and you'll notice that it's surrounded
    by a box, well there's small boxes and simply click one and
    right click and select "Flip Vertical"

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    Step 7.
    Go to the toolbar and select gradient with color settings of Black-->White:

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    Step 8.
    Now lets go to the layers and at the bottom we'll see a circle inside a rectangle
    that's the vector mask. Go to your duplicate icon/avatar and then click it:

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    Step 9.
    Now let's use the gradient and simple go from the middle of the second
    avatar/icon to the top and lower the opacity to 30-40% depending
    on your needs, save it as a .png and we should have something like this:

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    And that's how you make a reflection the right way..You could also just
    flip it and get a brush and erase it, but if you want it evenly and better, use this.

    I hope you learned something new, my guides will be mainly
    for our beginners because they need to start somewhere, right?
    I'm pretty sure many knew how to make them.

    Any Questions or concerns, please ask away!

    Note: I didn't sleep all night trying to finish this up, it's 6:25AM here.
    So if I misspelled something, just tell me.

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  2. fatty matty

    fatty matty New Member

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    cool il try this out now
  3. Chucky102

    Chucky102 Well-Known Member

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    It's pretty easy to do, try it out and show us what you made, ok?

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  4. stabbyjoe12

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    niccceeee tut
    ill try when photoshop finishes download / installing
  5. Chucky102

    Chucky102 Well-Known Member

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    It was a request, nothing special, if you do something,
    why don't you share with us?

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    of corse

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  7. Joe Rossignol

    Joe Rossignol Community Manager Staff Member

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    Your Photoshop tutorials are absolutely great! Thanks for this, even beginners can understand your tutorials
    [including myself

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    ]. I added this thread to my stickied list of guides, tutorials and how-to's.
  8. tian_kr

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    another great tutorial. you should make more of these, you know
  9. Chucky102

    Chucky102 Well-Known Member

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    Whenever I have some more free time, I'll make another one

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    My first one got stickied....if this one gets more attention, it might..so share what y'all learned any questions? anything? Just ask away.
  10. Schei3e

    Schei3e New Member

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    very nice tutorial man! keep up the great work!

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