photoshop creative

Turn a photo into a reflection

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Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
May 16, 2017

Transform photos using adjustment layers, masks and blend modes

1. Place your photo

Open an image of a water’s surface. Go to File>Place and add a subject. Ensure that Constrain proportions is ticked, enlarge the image and turn it slightly clockwise, positioning it towards the bottom-left corner of the canvas.

2. Screen and mask

Change the layer’s blending mode to Screen. Add a layer mask to the girl layer, select the Brush tool (B) and use a black Airbrush to mask out the background around the girl’s head and hands.

3. Hue/Saturation adjustment

Click the ‘Create new fill or adjustment layer’ icon at the top of the Layers palette and choose Hue/Saturation from the fly-out menu. Right-click the Hue/Saturation layer name and click Create Clipping Mask to clip it to the girl layer below.

4. Adjust the contrast

Change the Hue to +9, Saturation to -52 and Lightness to -9. Now add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer, again right-click its layer name and click Create Clipping Mask. Change the Brightness to -64 and Contrast to +100.

5. Duplicate the photo

On the girl layer, press Cmd/Ctrl+J to duplicate it. Drag the lower copy to the top of the layer stack. Set its blending mode to Multiply and Opacity to 50%. Add a Hue/ Saturation adjustment layer, create a clipping mask, and change Saturation to -72 and Lightness to +9.

6. Add some water ripples

Add an image of some water ripples. Enlarge it to fill the canvas. Change its blending mode to Overlay and Opacity to 40%. Add a Brightness/Contrast adjustment layer at the top of the layer stack and set the Contrast to 22.

  • Ron Cartier Protography

    Fun effect

  • suruha

    This is a nice, and different, effect! Thank you!