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Creating Reflections
This tutorial will show you how to create a realistic reflection.



Step 1:

Lets take our subject car.  In this case we have a Silver Ferrari.

 


Step 2:

Now lets take our subject background.  Here we have a University Campus.

 

Step 3: 

So we will use the polygon lasso tool and cut out our Ferrari and paste it into the University Campus.  Remember to free transform the car until it looks like it belongs in the picture.  You may wish to adjust the brightness and contrast to have it fit a little better to the light of the background.



Step 4:

Now lets take our background layer and use the selection tool and select some of the background.  Then we will use the option of edit/copy and then paste it to a new layer. 

 


Step 5:

Now choose Filter/Distort/Spherize.  Choose the settings I have below.

 


Step 6:

Once you have the new layer spherized you will need to position it around the subject car.  In this case it is the Ferrari.  Once you have it where you want it you will need to change the layer to Overlay as seen below.  All the excess around the car you will need to use the eraser tool and get rid of it.

 


Step 7:

Now you will need to select your Ferrari layer and then right click and choose blending options.  Choose Drop Shadow and use the same type of atributes that I have below.  The settings will depend on the angle of your car, but what we are looking for is creating that shadow effect to look as if it really fits in the new atmosphere.

 


Step 8:

When finished your image should look something like this.  Gives it a realistic looking feel with some new reflections.

 
 


 


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