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Create a Water Reflection Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Manipulation 3738 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
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