Creating reflections

This is a very simple effect to create a nice reflection. We have been asked a couple times how to create one, so here is a very quick and easy tutorial that you can use time and time again.

It’s already is a huge trend in web design and also popular in other types of design. Perfect for Web2 style sites and iPhone App style icons and logos.

So, to start out, I need an image to create the reflection. I’m going to use an iphone for this one, but you can use whatever you like. This works out really well with icon and typography.

Now I’m going to paint the background black and duplicate the iphone layer as you can see here.

Now we are going to select the iphone copy layer and rename it to iphone reflection and we are going to flip this iphone around so it looks like it’s upside down. Then place it right under the other iphone so we can use this as our reflection.

Select the iphone copy layer and go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical and place it under the other iphone as you see here:

Time to make the reflection more realistic. On the iphone reflection layer we are going to add a layer mask to it just by clicking on the layer mask button.

Now we are going to apply a gradient on the layer mask. This will make our reflection look more realistic.

Select the gradient tool, and using the color black apply the gradient from bottom to top until you get a good result like the one you see on the image bellow:

This is how your layers should look like.

Now to make it even better and finish this up, we are going to lower the opacity of the layer to 75%. Now we should have a great final reflection.

This technique is very simple and can be used to create any kind of selections. If needed, you can also apply some perspective – especially if working with 3D shapes.