Step by Step

Re­flect in Pho­to­shop

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Crop in tight

While this project is all about us­ing re­flec­tions, there are some­times none to hand, so in­stead you could try im­age flip­ping. Our start­ing im­age here was made by paint­ing with a light-up toy lightsaber. Once open in Pho­to­shop, crop the im­age at an in­ter­est­ing point.

2 Ex­tend the can­vas

Hit Cmd/Ctrl+J to du­pli­cate the back­ground layer. Next, use the Crop tool again, but this time drag one of the sides out­wards be­yond the cen­tre edge of the frame to dou­ble the width of the im­age can­vas to make room for the flipped half. Hit En­ter to ap­ply.

3 Flip and move

Go to Edit>Trans­form>Flip Hor­i­zon­tal then use the Move tool to drag the layer across to the other side. Once flipped, the symmetry cre­ates an ef­fect al­most like one of those inkblot Rorschach tests psy­chol­o­gists use. Add any tonal ef­fects you like to fin­ish it off.

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