Using Photoshop to Create Mirror Effect in Quick 6 Steps

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Photoshop has always been fun software for me to live my designing desire and converting things from something really ordinary to miraculous. I remember when I was learning Photoshop, this awesome feature of creating Mirror effect came up. I have always found it very fascinating and wanted to learn about how we can give a realistic touch to a photographed object.

I started with the baby steps and eventually when I finished, I was just so perfect in it. Today, I am going to enlighten you guys on how to create mirror effect using Photoshop. Let’s dig in the topic some more.

I will use 6 steps in creating reflection/mirror effect and when you will be practicing it, you won’t need more than 10 minutes to accomplish the deed. Here we go:

  1. Copy
  2. Paste
  3. Flip
  4. Position
  5. Blend
  6. Mask

Let’s take a look at these quick steps in depth:

Copy the Object

Place a hand on the mouse and using Marque Tool, drag it over the object. Make sure that you cover the entire area for making a perfect reflection. You don’t have to worry about the surplus area that you might have covered while making the selection. The extra area can be covered later by using masking tool.

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After the selection, now you have to copy the image that can be done using two methods. According to the initial method, you can copy the area by simply pressing two keys simultaneously: Control+C.

According to the second method, you can right-click the selection and click “Layer via Copy”. By using these methods, you can copy the selection.

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Paste in New Layer

Now, you have to paste the copied selection in another layer. Suppose if you have used “Layer via Copy” option, another layer will be automatically created. You have to create another layer yourself if you have used Control+C option. By taking another layer, you can paste the object with the help of command: Control+V.

You will end up with two similar layers as shown in below image

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Flip Layer 2

Now it’s time to flip second layer. You can do it by following this method:

  • Go to edit in the menu
  • Click at Transform
  • Click at Flip Vertical Option

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After using this option, your design will look upside down. You don’t have to worry about the image as this hilarious part is among the process of creating the reflection.

Position it Right

Using keyboard shortcut “V”, you can select the move tool. This tool is used to position the object. You can either use your cursor to make the movement or you can use arrows at the keyboard.

Drag the image down and align it at the end of the original image. This is how your image will look once you have dragged it to the right position.

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Blend Mode

To change the mode, follow these steps:

  • Click at Layer Panel that is situated right next to the option of “Opacity”
  • Now among the options, Click at “Screen Mode” from default mode

There are other modes available such as Lighten, Color Dodge, Lighter Color, Linear Dodge, etc. All these modes have different types of effect on the image. You can also use screen mode depending upon the image. This is how your image must look after this step:

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Masking Time

Now we are at the last step of this topic. Masking will be done here using the gradient tool and mask tool. At the bottom of the layer panel, you will find option such as “Add Layer Mask”.

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This can also be done by using another set of options such as:

  • Visit Layer Menu
  • Click at Layer Mask
  • Click at Reveal all

Then you have to move to Gradient Tool. If you want to select default colors, you can press “D” icon from your keyboard. Black should be the foreground color whereas white should be the background color.

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The process has to be done on the layer mask. You have to make sure about this step. It is easy to identify as the active selection has corner brackets around. While masking, white area of the mask is the part that will be revealed and the black part is the one that will be hidden. The edges must be faded in order to give a more natural look to the image.

As per the working of Gradient tool, it paints from the foreground color to the background color. Drag the tool starting from the middle of your image towards the bottom. For more adeptness in using the tool, you can press SHIFT Key. You can drag the tool as per your requirements as there are many other variations that could be experimented.

So this is the final product that we will get after using this process. As in this image, I have used the gradient from black to white and that is why it is hiding the bottom area and revealing in inner shadow.

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So these are the basic steps that can help you in creating mirror effect in Photoshop in quick 10 minutes.


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