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Adding realistic reflections

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Video: Adding realistic reflections

Elements 9 comes with another new Guided Edit that you can use to add realistic looking reflections to your photos. That Guided Edit is located in the Fun Edit section and it's called what else, Reflection. Before I use the Reflection Guided Edit, I'm going to crop away this area of this sidewalk in my photo. This does have some reflection in it, but I'd rather add my own, better looking reflection. So, I'm going to crop this away by going up to the top of the column on the right side of Guided Edit, and from the Basic Photo Edits category, I'll choose Crop Photo.

Adding realistic reflections

Elements 9 comes with another new Guided Edit that you can use to add realistic looking reflections to your photos. That Guided Edit is located in the Fun Edit section and it's called what else, Reflection. Before I use the Reflection Guided Edit, I'm going to crop away this area of this sidewalk in my photo. This does have some reflection in it, but I'd rather add my own, better looking reflection. So, I'm going to crop this away by going up to the top of the column on the right side of Guided Edit, and from the Basic Photo Edits category, I'll choose Crop Photo.

Now, this isn't the only place that you can crop a photo in Elements, but it's convenient to do it right here in Guided Edit when I'm going to be using the Reflections Guided Edit in just a moment. With the Crop tool selected here in the instructions, I'll leave the Crop Box Size set to No Restriction. And then I'll move into the image and I'll click inside this bounding box and I'm going to push it up to the top-left of the photo. Then I'm going to drag from the right -bottom anchor point to position the bounding box over the part of the image that I want to keep.

When I've got it the way I want it, I'll click the check mark, and that crops the image. Now, I'll click Done in the Crop Guided Edit on the right and that takes me back to the list of Guided Edits. Here, I'm going to click the scrollbar and go all the way down to the bottom to the Fun Edits category where I'll click on the Reflection Guided Edit. This is just one example of the kind of reflection that you can make. I'm going to make a more realistic looking reflection or at least a reflection that takes the sidewalk into account.

I'll scroll down to the first step, which is to click the Add Reflection button. That expands the canvas and makes a flipped copy of my photo and makes that copy translucent, so I can see down through to the checkerboard below. The next step is to replace that checkerboard with a color. I'll click on the Eyedropper tool, and then, I'll move into the image and I'm going to go over a dark color, because I'm trying to make this look like a dark sidewalk. So, I'll click here on this newspaper box, and that sets that dark gray as the foreground color.

Next, I'll go back to the instructions and I'll click the Fill Background button, and that fills the area behind this reflection with that dark gray. Now I'm going to customize that reflection to make it look more realistic. In step 4, I have a choice between making the reflection look like a shiny floor, like textured glass, or like water. I'm going to choose the Water Reflection, and that opens the Ripple Filter dialog box. You can see what this filter does; it adds some ripple to the reflection in the water.

I can click and drag here to see another part of the reflection, and if I want to increase that ripple, I can drag the Amount slider over to the right slightly. That's a bit too much, so I'll back off, and then I'll click OK. Now you can see that ripple here in the reflection, and another dialog box pops up; this one for the Motion Blur Filter. To add a little more blur to the reflection, I can drag this slider a bit to the right and I'll click OK.

Next, I'll go to step 5, where I can adjust the intensity or the strength of the reflection. If I drag this slider to the left, it reduces the intensity of the reflection. If I drag it to the right, it makes the reflection more intense. I'm going to put this slider just about there where I started. Now, in the real world, a reflection like this probably wouldn't be the same height as the objects reflected. So, in step 6, I can add some vertical distortion. I'll click the Add Distortion button, and you can see that that has squeezed the reflection vertically.

I can click that again if I want more vertical distortion like this. When I did that, I ended up with some background showing through down here. To get rid of that, I'll move down, and I'll select the Crop tool in step 7. I'll move into the image and I'll click and drag a crop boundary around the area of the photo that I want to keep. Now, I could leave it right here, but actually, I think I'm going to drag this boundary up, because in real life, you wouldn't get this much water unless it were a major rainstorm.

So, I'll click and drag here, and I'll bring it up to about that level, and then, I'm going to click the green check mark. Finally, and this is an optional step, to make the reflection look a little more realistic, I can use the Gradient tool, and drag a dark gradient from the bottom of the image up. If I click here and drag all the way to the top, that's going to be too much. As in the other Guided Edits, I can back up step-by-step by going to the Edit menu and choosing Undo. So here, I'll undo the Gradient step and then I'll come back and I'll try again.

This time I'm just going to drag a short way about that far. At this point, I have the option to reset all of the changes that I've made or if I like the work, I can click Done. And then I can go ahead and save and close the image by clicking the X here. This Guided Edit takes a lot of the time and hassle out of creating a realistic looking reflection. Either a reflection in water like this one, a reflection on a shiny surface, or even a reflection on glass, give it a try on your own images.

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Photoshop Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. What is Photoshop Elements?
      3m 47s
    3. Touring the workspaces
      5m 55s
  2. 54m 16s
    1. Working with catalogs
      5m 22s
    2. Importing and using the exercise files
      5m 13s
    3. Importing files from your computer
      7m 31s
    4. Importing photos from your camera
      8m 57s
    5. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      4m 44s
    6. Importing files from external drives/CDs/DVDs
      4m 44s
    7. Scanning photos
      6m 50s
    8. Dividing scanned photos
      5m 51s
    9. Importing from watch folders (Windows only)
      5m 4s
  3. 39m 10s
    1. Touring the Organizer
      6m 41s
    2. Viewing thumbnails
      6m 15s
    3. Rotating photos
      52s
    4. Renaming photos
      2m 55s
    5. Fixing photo dates
      2m 28s
    6. Hiding and deleting photos
      4m 6s
    7. Stacking photos
      4m 22s
    8. Moving files
      2m 43s
    9. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 53s
    10. Using Help
      3m 55s
  4. 54m 22s
    1. Rating photos
      3m 58s
    2. Applying and organizing keyword tags
      7m 4s
    3. Searching by keyword tags
      3m 35s
    4. Tagging with People Recognition
      11m 3s
    5. Using Smart Tags
      5m 57s
    6. Creating albums
      4m 41s
    7. Creating Smart Albums
      6m 28s
    8. Searching by text
      5m 28s
    9. Using the Find menu
      4m 19s
    10. Using the Timeline
      1m 49s
  5. 30m 14s
    1. Viewing slideshows in Full Screen view
      4m 21s
    2. Working with photos in Full Screen view
      9m 20s
    3. Comparing photos
      5m 56s
    4. Viewing by date
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping photos (Windows only)
      7m 19s
  6. 38m 36s
    1. Applying Photo Fix
      9m 0s
    2. The Quick Fix interface
      7m 9s
    3. The Quick Fix controls
      5m 22s
    4. Adjusting lighting in Quick Fix
      3m 46s
    5. Adjusting color in Quick Fix
      5m 39s
    6. Using the Touch Up tools in Quick Fix
      7m 40s
  7. 43m 43s
    1. Guided Edit basics
      8m 13s
    2. Making an Out of Bounds image
      10m 17s
    3. Perfecting a portrait
      7m 43s
    4. Adding realistic reflections
      5m 26s
    5. Applying a LOMO camera effect
      2m 0s
    6. Making pop art
      1m 31s
    7. Using Style Match
      8m 33s
  8. 1h 20m
    1. Full Edit workspace overview
      6m 51s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 51s
    3. Using tools
      7m 40s
    4. Arranging panels
      5m 18s
    5. Setting preferences
      3m 41s
    6. Using Undo History
      6m 39s
    7. Zooming and navigating
      7m 4s
    8. Creating a blank file
      5m 19s
    9. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 9s
    10. Cropping and straightening photos
      7m 15s
    11. Recomposing photos
      8m 15s
    12. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 27s
    13. Saving and formats
      5m 46s
  9. 35m 4s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 17s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      5m 21s
    3. Using layer masks
      7m 43s
    4. Using layer masks to combine images
      6m 27s
    5. Building composites
      8m 16s
  10. 20m 58s
    1. Selection basics
      3m 22s
    2. Manual selection tools
      3m 19s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      7m 24s
    4. Refining selection edges
      3m 30s
    5. Saving selections
      3m 23s
  11. 1h 21m
    1. Color managing
      7m 14s
    2. Applying Shadow/Highlight adjustments
      2m 42s
    3. Using adjustment layers
      8m 24s
    4. Masking adjustment layers
      7m 38s
    5. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      6m 8s
    6. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 56s
    7. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 14s
    8. Removing a color cast
      3m 37s
    9. Reducing digital noise
      4m 7s
    10. Sharpening photos
      7m 32s
    11. Processing multiple files
      7m 59s
    12. Working with raw photos
      15m 57s
  12. 18m 34s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tools
      6m 16s
    2. Dodging and burning
      2m 29s
    3. Retouching blemishes
      4m 29s
    4. Content-aware healing
      2m 31s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      2m 49s
  13. 25m 53s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 36s
    2. Adding effects
      2m 34s
    3. Using layer styles
      7m 23s
    4. Using shapes
      4m 46s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 19s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 15s
  14. 11m 25s
    1. Creating text
      7m 1s
    2. Editing text
      4m 24s
  15. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a photo collage
      8m 38s
    2. Fine-tuning a photo collage
      8m 3s
    3. Creating greeting cards
      8m 34s
    4. Creating photo calendars
      9m 28s
    5. Creating CD/DVD jackets and labels
      7m 43s
    6. Creating a photo book
      7m 44s
    7. Fine-tuning a photo book
      7m 11s
    8. Creating a slideshow (Windows only)
      8m 0s
    9. Fine-tuning a slideshow (Windows only)
      3m 23s
    10. Creating a flip book (Windows only)
      2m 47s
    11. End to end: Making a scrapbook page
      8m 15s
    12. End to end: Completing a scrapbook page
      5m 24s
  16. 49m 27s
    1. Printing photos
      8m 38s
    2. Contact sheets and picture packages (Windows only)
      6m 40s
    3. Sharing photos by email
      6m 38s
    4. Sharing photos by Photo Mail (Windows only)
      5m 8s
    5. Sharing to Flickr and Facebook
      4m 43s
    6. Saving images for the web
      6m 48s
    7. Signing up for Photoshop.com
      2m 55s
    8. Sharing online albums at Photoshop.com
      5m 4s
    9. Backing up
      2m 53s
  17. 38s
    1. Goodbye
      38s

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