Creating an Image Reflection in Photoshop

1.  Open the image that you’d like to reflect. Here, I’m using a simple image of an apple on a white background. Notice that I’ve left enough white background at the bottom to leave room for my reflection. If you need help getting your image with a white background, you can view our How to Create a Transparent Background tutorial.

2.  Next, duplicate the apple layer by either right clicking in the layer panel or going to Layer > Duplicate Layer.

3.  With the duplicate layer selected, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical. You should have one upside down image on top of the original image.

4.  Align the base of your original image with the top of your mirror image, as shown below.

5.  With your reflection layer selected in the layers panel, click the “Add Layer Mask” button at the bottom of the panel. This will attach a mask to your selected layer.

6.  In the Tool menu, select the Gradient Tool (G).

7.  Set your gradient to “Foreground to Transparent” and “Linear”, as shown below

8.  Make sure that the LAYER MASK is selected in your layers panel as shown below

9.  Click below your reflection image and drag upwards. You can freehand or hold down the shift key for a straight reflection line.

10.  When you release, you will have a reflection!  If you’re not happy with the way it looks, undo and redo until you have the reflection angle and size that you’d like. Below is our finished product.


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