Create a naturalistic water reflection effect with new Photoshop Cs6 elements. This will work in almost all the versions of Photoshop. For this effect image size is important. This takes a pretty much time for the user to do it. You can use any of your photos for this effect, and I’ll be using the Burghley house. Ok so let’s get started.
1st Step : Open up the image.
2nd Step : Image size is important for this tutorial, so I’ll just crop off the image. Remember that the height is less and Breadth higher. You can use the crop tool for cutting, simply press C for the crop tool.
3rd Step : After you have successfully cropped your image, go to Image/ Canvas size.
4th Step : After the Canvas size box pop ups, change inches to percent and up arrow on anchor. Height 150 – 200 according to you image, I’ll use 170 for my image.
5th Step : Now go to Layer/ New/ Layer via copy and create a new layer.
6th Step : Go to View/and make sure Rulers and Snaps are checked.
7th Step : Grab the ruler and place it in the middle of the image and press Enter.
8th Step : Select the Rectangular marquee tool from the tool bar or simply press M.
9th Step : Now make a selection of the image not the white background.
10th Step : Again go to Layer/ New/ Layer via copy.
11th Step : And a copy of it by Ctrl + J.
12th Step : Now press Ctrl + t, and drag the selection to the middle of the white background.
13th Step : After that Drag the layer 2 copy between layer 2 and layer 1 and name it Reflection.
14th Step : Name the top Layer as your wish.
15th Step : Delete the Layer 1 .
16th Step : Click on Reflection layer and press Ctrl + J.
17th Step : While you have clicked the Reflection copy layer, go to Filter/ Blur/ Motion Blur.
18th Step : Make the angle 90 degrees and distance 35.
19th Step : Merge the two layers , Reflection and Reflection copy by Ctrl + click on both Layers , right click Merge visible. After you have merged you will have only the Background left.
20th Step : Again create a new layer by going Layer/ New/ Layer via copy.
21st Step : Grab the Smudge tool from the tool bar
22nd Step : Make sure the hardness is set to 0 and Strength is set to 10 and start coloring over the water reflection to get a natural look.
23rd Step : Now create a new Layer by going Layer/ New / Layer via copy.
24th Step : Make sure white is the background color not the foreground color and press Ctrl + del.
25th Step : Now to Filter/ Noise/ Add noise.
26th Step : Make sure the amount is 400 and Monochromatic checked.
27th Step : Now go to Filter/ Blur/ Motion Blur.
28th Step : Make the angle 0 and distance 50.
29th Step : Go to Image/ Adjustments/ Levels.
30th Step : After the Level box pop ups ,type left 147, middle 1.53, right 219.
31st Step : Now grab the Zoom tool from the tool , or else simply press Z.
32nd Step : Now right click and Zoom out.
33rd Step : Press ctrl + t and go to Edit / Transform / Perspective.
33rd Step : Go to a bottom corner and drag out and to a top corner and drag in and press enter.
34th Step : Now press Ctrl + 0 , to get the actual size of the picture.
35th Step : Go to Filter/ Blur/ Gaussian Blur.
36th Step : Make the Radius 2.0 pixels.
37th Step : Click on layer 1 and make a copy of it by pressing ctrl +J.Make it not visible.
38th Step : Click on Layer 1.
39th Step : Change the blend mode to soft light and opacity 35%.
40th Step : Make the layer 1 copy visible and click on it.
41st Step : Press Ctrl + i. You should get a picture like this.
42nd Step : Now change the blending mode to Overlay and Opacity 30.
43rd Step : After that take the move tool and press down arrow on keyboard to move the shadows down. You can take the move tool by pressing V.
44th Step : Now grab the Blur tool from the tool bar.
45th Step : Make sure the Hardness is 0 and strength is 100 and start coloring over the bottom of the water reflection. Do this for both Layer 1 and Layer 1 copy.
46th Step : Click on Layer 1 copy and press Ctrl + shift + alt + e.
It should bring a new layer.
47th Step : Take the Gradient tool from the tool bar.
48th Step : Make sure you have selected all the like the picture below.
49th Step : Go to the middle bottom of your image and press shift and drag up the gradient to the middle of your photo.
50th Step : Reduce the Opacity to 30.
51st Step : Now press Ctrl + H to hide the guide line.
52nd Step : Finally merge all the layers to get a final layer. For doing that Ctrl + clicking on the all the layers, right click merge visible.
53rd Step : Now you’re done, you can save your image. If you have any doubts leave it in the comment bar J.