In this quick Photoshop tutorial, I will show you how to create a simple reflection in Photoshop CS and CC. Simple but effective this quick technique transform the final result. No special Photoshop skills required to create a similar effect. You can use the same technique with other objects, text or anything else.
Learn how to create a simple reflection in Photoshop
Tutorial Details and Resources
Apps Used: Adobe Photoshop (CS6+)
Estimated Completion Time: 5′ Minutes
Step 1 > Duplicate the Object
To create the reflection go to Layer > Duplicate Layer. This step will create another copy of your object.
Step 2 > Transform the Reflection
With the copy of your object layer selected go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 180°. Repeat again but use Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
Step 3 > Move the Reflection
With arrow keys on your keyboard move down the reflection under the main object.
Step 4 > Add Layer Mask & Gradient
Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to create a layer mask for the reflection (image a). With the layer mask active and black foreground color pick the Gradient Tool (G) in your toolbox. With Black to Transparent gradient draw from bottom to the top of the reflection (image b).
We can finish the reflection here or we can lower the opacity around 90% – 60%. With this simple technique, you can add reflections to any objects you want.