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Create a Water Reflection Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 9570 Views April 26th, 2017

Learn how to create an easy water reflection of a person in Photoshop. All you have to do to make a reflection in Photoshop is to flip vertical the object, to distort it using Ripple Filter or Displace Filter for more advanced realistic effects.

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Add the Sky Texture

Create a new PSD file, size 800x780px. You can of course use a large size document but to give you an idea about the image proportions. Add this Sky Clouds Texture in a new layer. Press Control-T to scale the layer only on the vertical scale to 80-90%.

Duplicate the Sky Background layer. Press Control-T and flip the image on the vertical scale like shown in the preview. You might have to move the copy layer a pixel up.

flip vertical image in Photoshop

Create Water Surface in Photoshop

Add this Ripple Water Texture in a new layer. Press Shift-Control-U to desaturate the image.

create water surface in Photoshop

Add a Levels Adjustment by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels.

levels adjustment in Photoshop

Go to Edit > Transform > Perspective and change the perspective of the image.

perspective in Photoshop

Right click on the Ripple Water Texture layer and choose Create Clipping Mask. Set the Blend Mode to Screen, opacity 75% .

clipping mask in Photoshop

Add a Layer Mask to the Ripple Water Texture layer.

layer mask in Photoshop

Set the Foreground Color to black. Pick the Brush Tool and with a soft round brush paint inside the mask to hide the line of the horizont

hide image with layer mask in Photoshop

Create Water Rings in Photoshop

Add this Water Ring texture in a new layer. Change the Blend Mode to Screen.

water ring in Photoshop

Press Control-T to resize the Water Ring layer.

resize in Photoshop

Add a Levels Adjustment by going to Image > Adjustments > Levels.

levels in Photoshop

Press Shift-Control-U to desaturate the image and use the Eraser Tool with a soft round brush to delete the edges and create a smooth transition.

water ripple in Photoshop

Create Person Water Reflection in Photoshop

Add the Girl Cut Out Stock Image in a new layer.

girl cut out Photoshop

Add a Layer Mask to the Girl Layer. Set the Foreground Color to black. Pick the Brush Tool and with a soft round brush paint over the legs like in the preview.

Duplicate the Girl Layer and flip it vertical. Call this layer Reflection.

For the Girl Layer add this layer style with Inner Shadow(color white) and Gradient Overlay(color #0a0505 and white with opacity variations).

For the Reflection Layer add this layer style with Gradient Overlay(color #0a0505 and white with opacity variations). Also set the Opacity of this layer to 68% .

Go to Edit > Distort > Ripple and set the amount to around 44% to create the water ripple reflection effect.

ripple filter in Photoshop

Create a new layer called Shadow and fill it with white color. Set the Fill to 0% and add a Gradient Overlay style.

ripple filter in Photoshop

Create Sunlight in Photoshop

Add this sun flare texture in a new layer and set the blend mode to Screen, opacity 65% .

Add a second Sunlight Photoshop Overlay texture and set the blend mode to Screen, opacity 100% .

create sunlight in Photoshop

Go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient and create a radial light effect. Drag the light on the screen over the sunlight.

gradient effect in Photoshop

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Hue/Saturation.

Sharpen Image in Photoshop Tutorials

Press Shift-Control-Alt-E to make a copy of all the visible layers merged. Call this layer Sharpen Image. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass.

high pass filter in Photoshop

Set the blend mode of the layer Sharpen Image to Overlay.

high pass filter in Photoshop

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1 comment(s) for "Create a Water Reflection Effect in Photoshop"

Jose Diaz
Jose Diaz
12:11 PM Friday, April 28, 2017
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