Create a reflection in Photoshop Elements

07.25.2012 by Ilia Raiskin
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In this tutorial you are going to learn how to create a basic reflection of an object or a layer in Photoshop. The first thing you will need is a layer you want to reflect. In our example it is a glossy icon. If your object consists of multiple layers merge all layers down but leave the background layer untouched.

Step: 1

Duplicate the Layer and name it. We use the name Icon for the basic layer and Icon_reflection for the duplicate-layer.

Step 1

Step: 2

Rotate the duplicated layer by 180°.

Step 2

Step: 3

Now, press shift and drag the rotated layer down as shown in the picture.

Step 3

Step: 4

Reduce the opacity of this layer to 57%.

Step: 5

Now select the eraser-tool and select a big soft brush (about 170px). Erase as shown.

Step 5

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Ilia Raiskin

Ilia Raiskin is a web designer, web developer, blogger and founder of