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5 Simple Tips to Make Reflection Shadow in Photoshop

Reflection shadow is a vast used technique in photo editing world and this content is going show how to make Photoshop reflection shadow in a very easy way.

What is a reflection shadow and why do we need it?

A reflection shadow or mirror effect is the shadow of a product on a reflective surface. After removing background by clipping path service we need to apply this Photoshop technique to enhances the beauty of the product with a creative shadow. It can be easily done using Photoshop with quality. It is a simple and effective image editing technique, which will help you create the desired reflection.

Last time we showed how to make drop shadow in a proper way following some few easy steps. Now, let take a look at how to create a realistic reflection of your product. Reflection shadow can bring wonder to digital images if it is applied properly with the hand of Photoshop clipping path service. In essence reflection and shadow provide appealing effect to an image.

Step 1: Open the image that you want a reflection shadow for in Adobe Photoshop

At first open your fixed image in Photoshop. Make sure the object that you are creating has no background. You can do that by following our Photoshop clipping path service tutorial.

open image in Photoshop to make reflection shadow

Step 2: duplicate the layer

To duplicate the layer, Press Ctrl + J (Command +J) or right-click on the object layer and click on Duplicate Layer. After the layer is duplicated, you will need to create a mirror image, just how a reflection looks – upside down. For creating the image, select Go the Edit Menu – Select Transform and then click on Flip Vertically.

Your image (duplicated layer) will flip upside down. This will become the reflection of your object. Move the reflection layer, right under the main object (make sure It is touching the actual object, to make it look realistic)

Your reflection layer is ready.

Duplicate layer to create reflection shadow

Step 3: Reducing opacity

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 50-70% depending on the colors of your object. In this, I have chosen 70% opacity because it makes my reflection realistic. For more precision, you can use the Brush tool (0% hardness – normal mode) with white color and cover the lower part of the reflection because generally reflections are never achieved of the entire object.

The reflection will start looking like the below image.

Realistic reflection shadow

Step 4: Select the elliptical/rectangle Marquee tool

Now, once you have an almost perfect reflection, we need to make a shadow effect of the object to make it realistic. To make a shadow, select the elliptical/rectangle Marquee tool with a feather of 20-30px with black foreground color and adjust opacity if needed to obtain the perfect shadow.

perfect realistic shadow

Step 5: Recreate a surface for the object

To show that the object is on a surface, we need to recreate a surface for the object.
The creation of a surface can be done by a lot of ways, but here we are just giving the surface a color and showing the source of light that is falling on the object and creating the reflection. Keeping the foreground color as the surface color you want and the background color as white, click on the Gradient tool.

Now with the gradient tool, make a line from one corner to the other, to see the effect that it creates.

Here, I worked the gradient tool from the top left corner to the right below corner. The white here shows the source of light. The source of light and surface will help the reflection look realistic. Your reflection shadow is now ready to use!

Perfect image with reflection shadow

So, that’s the procedure to make reflection shadow in Photoshop perfectly. If you follow this very explained tutorial, you will be able to create perfect mirror effect in a very short time.

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Shohel Rana, CEO, senior graphics designer, Internet marketer, and a blogger of He is interested to share tips and tricks on photo editing and graphic design!

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