At this point, the girl we placed into the beach image is now scaled down to a more appropriate size and is in position at the edge of the water; however, she still looks like she’s floating in space. To make the girl look as though she belongs in the picture, we can create a reflection in the water at her feet. We’ll start the process by duplicating the layer that contains the girl. Then we'll distort the duplicated layer and apply a filter so it will look like a reflection.
Duplicating and distorting a layer
The first step in the process of making the reflection is to make a copy of the girl on rock layer that we can turn into a reflection. After we copy the layer, we’ll use the Distort command to make the copied layer look more like a reflection. Finally, we’ll adjust the transparency of the layer to let some of the original color of the water show through the reflection.
As you create the reflection, keep the following things in mind:
- Reflections of vertical objects are always vertical to the observer but, depending on the angle of the camera, they may not look vertical in a snapshot. Therefore, when creating a reflection, make its angle the same as other reflections.
- If a reflective surface is undisturbed (for example, still water), its reflections are exactly the height of the reflected objects; however, if the surface is distorted and moving, perceived height of reflections may be slightly longer.
- Finally, unlike shadows, reflections on water move with the observer.
Let’s start creating the reflection.