ADD REALISTIC REFLECTIONS TO YOUR PHOTOS
On a recent trip, I photographed a beached boat at low tide. In the resulting shot, I liked the boat, but not the mud in front of it. Instead of throwing away the image, I decided to digitally cover up the mud by adding a reflection.
While I could have created the reflection in Adobe Photoshop CC (here’s a tutorial about that from my colleague, Terry White), I do a lot of my photo editing work on the go with a tablet. So instead, I used Adobe Photoshop Mix, which is a free app for iOS and Android.
After some basic adjustments in Adobe Lightroom for mobile, I copied the boat image into Photoshop Mix. I duplicated the base layer and flipped the duplicate. I lowered the opacity of the duplicate layer, moved it down, and masked out everything except the pseudo reflection. After a bit more fine-tuning, I had the new, better image.
To follow along step-by-step, watch the video tutorial below.
You can find my video on how to make basic image adjustments to the boat picture here. Although I used an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil in both of these videos, a regular tablet and your finger are all you need to replicate my instructions.
March 11, 2016