Step-by-step: Take into ac­count the na­ture of glass when paint­ing a re­flec­tion

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1The fo­cal point will be a re­flec­tion of the fig­ure, so I place it in the mid­dle. On a sep­a­rate layer I draw the per­spec­tive lines. Get­ting the re­flec­tion and the per­spec­tive cor­rect can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween a suc­cess­ful im­age and a failed one.

2I start on the back­ground. I paint the girl’s re­flec­tion on a new layer, with­out fac­tor­ing in the trans­parency ef­fect. Then I select the Layer di­a­log and I set the blend­ing mode to Screen, so ev­ery­thing that’s dark in the layer be­come trans­par­ent.

3Now I ad­just the Opac­ity and Fill set­tings in the Layer di­a­log, which af­fect the level of re­flec­tion. Then I add weath­er­ing ef­fects to the glass: I create a new layer and paint dirt with a light grey and a scat­tered brush. I de­pict cracks on an­other layer.

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