Add a Reflection to an Image in Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements is a powerful, easy-to-use Adobe software program that can help you enhance your digital images with several different editing options, share your photos, and more. In this Photoshop Elements tutorial, expert author and photographer Andy Anderson will show you how to create a reflection in an image. 

If you have a simple image to work with, like the candle image that Andy uses, then adding a reflection will be fairly simple. Inside the Photoshop Elements Editor, start by working in the guided mode (this will guide you through the process step-by-step). Once you become more experienced with this, you can advance to working in the expert mode. On the right side of the page, scroll down the different effects until you find Reflection. When you click add reflection, you’ll notice it will have flipped the image, making a copy of it.

Using the eyedropper tool, select a colour from your original image to use as a filler for the blank space in the reflected image (you’ll want to make sure it matches). Then, choose a reflection from three options: floor, glass, and water. Floor would work best in this image. You can then play around with the intensity of the image, making the reflection more transparent. After that, make any necessary crops to the image, and you’re done!


Next, Andy uses an image of a girl in the rain to demonstrate the reflection tool in greater detail. Once you’ve created the reflection, use the eyedropper tool and grab a colour that will best match the original photo, and use it to fill in the blank area in the reflected image. This is where it starts to get trick – you’ll be selecting the water effect, which will provide you with two steps: adding a ripple effect and motion blur (to create the rain on the street). You have the opportunity to adjust those in the viewer before selecting okay, making sure it matches up to the original image. Then it’s just a matter of playing around with the intensity of the reflection, distortion of the image (which will compress it vertically), and the crop tool.


Adding a reflection to an image is pretty simple when you work in the guided mode. You can also work in the expert mode, but that’s only once you’ve mastered the reflection effect. Now you can take this new skill and apply it to some of your digital images! Find out what else you can do inside Photoshop Elements by checking out the entire course and viewing free videos on our website. Check out the full tutorial below!





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