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    Reflection for 3D object?

    Anyone know how to make a quick and easy reflection for a 3D object like a bottle? (see attachment)

    Thanks for any help!
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    Extract your object from the background.
    Flip it vertically.
    Enter Quick Mask mode (Q).
    Select a Gradient tool (G), make sure that the default - black to white - gradient is selected.
    Draw a line from the bottom of your object to approx. half of it.
    Leave Quick Mask (Q).
    Invert selection (Ctrl+Shift+I).
    Add layer mask (it's the 3rd icon on the bottom of the layer panel).
    Lower the opacity (using the 1-0 keys).
    Done.
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    Thanks, Varelse.

    Sorry I wasn't clear, I did the image above and was hoping someone might know a better technique, one that's more realistic in appearance and without too much fuss. I'm going to be doing a lot of supplement ads in the near future and would like that technique at my disposal. I know the reflection thing is trendy and overdone but it's kinda cool when used in moderation.

    The reflection above was actually done in less steps than you suggest, by just applying a gradient overlay layer style.

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    Gradient overlay layer style works fine for a single color background, but with a pattern it wouldn't work. Masking is more flexible and that's why I had suggested it.

    For more realistic results there are a few things that have to be improved:
    - shadows
    - appropriate reflection distortion (using Warp tool), as the label on the reflection is bent in the wrong perspective

    These two come to my mind right now, but with the image development, there would be probably more to improve.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Varelse View Post
    Gradient overlay layer style works fine for a single color background, but with a pattern it wouldn't work. Masking is more flexible and that's why I had suggested it.
    Not an issue, as reflection over a pattern would be tacky.

    appropriate reflection distortion (using Warp tool), as the label on the reflection is bent in the wrong perspective
    Right, a quick technique for this is what I'm after, if there is one.

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    As I wrote - Warp tool (Edit/Transform/Warp) would be a good tool for distorting your reflection.
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    Ah, perfect! Thank you kindly, Varelse.

    How long has photoshop had that tool? Please don't answer.

    I though you were talking about the spherize distort, which doesn't work vary well for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by praxis View Post
    How long has photoshop had that tool? Please don't answer.
    I will as it is quite an interesting question.

    I think that either CS or CS2 had only the horizontal Warp tool. With the CS3 (or CS2) edition, it has been re-designed to allow for more flexible use with the transformable mesh grid. Before this, you'd have to rotate your layer by 90 degrees, Warp it, then rotate it back... It's SO much easier now!
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    Anyone know how to make a quick and easy reflection for a 3D object like a bottle?
    i was searching for the same thing..pls help

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    Quote Originally Posted by audaii View Post
    i was searching for the same thing..pls help
    Please read the post #2.
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