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Kathy Cobb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005

Adding reflection to photo

Is there an "easy" way to add a reflection to a photo? Last wedding the bride wanted a shot by the pond, which we took, but it was windy and the water was rippled. Is there a way in CS2 to add their reflection to the pond? Thanks for any help!

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5/26/2008 6:38:44 AM

Carlton Ward
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/13/2005
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  Hi Kathy,
Yes there is a way to do this. It will require a little work and you should start with the water. If the water in the scene is choppy, you may want to replace the water by cutting/pasting water from another photograph. You will need to trace the water line and turn it upside down to get your outline of the scene that will be reflecting in the water. Select the top area and paste it in a new layer and then invert the image so that it is upside down. (Edit/transform/flip vertical). Use the move tool to get it in position.

You will need to darken the reflected image "just a little" with levels to give more realism because reflected images are usually a tad darker. Use the opacity slider on the reflected layer to blend as you like. You can also add "ripples" in the water. Since you just pasted the top image into the water, it will be smooth and not realistic. Adding ripples (Filters/distort/wave or Filters/distort/zigzag) will make it more realistic. Once you get all of your adjustments how you like them, save the .psd file (in case you want to work on it more later) then flatten and save the image as tif or jpeg for printing.
Jim Zuckerman covers this same scenario in his "Creative Techniques in Photoshop" course.
Hope this helps, Carlton

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5/26/2008 7:30:26 AM

Kathy Cobb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/30/2005
  Hey Carlton, Thanks so much! I will start working on the photo this week and "keep you posted". Appreciate your time!

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5/26/2008 12:44:59 PM

Carolyn  M. Fletcher
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/6/2001
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  Flood Filter.

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5/26/2008 2:15:38 PM

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