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A Photoshop Photo Editing Technique that will Make Your Eyes Pop

There are several Photoshop photo editing techniques that have evolved over the years. While many are considered advanced, some of the coolest techniques are actually quite easy to mimic. With an understanding of layers, a little instruction, and a lot of experimentation, you can master one of these techniques.

Creating a water reflection gives your pictures an interesting new perspective. Once you have your image pulled up, you will want to duplicate it in your layers panel. To create the reflection you will want to add extra space to the bottom of your picture. Go to “Image” in your navigation bar and click on “Canvas Size.” To be safe, just double the canvas by entering 100 percent into “Height.” Make sure “Relative” is clicked and make the anchor your top centre square.

Now go to your “Edit” menu, find “Transform” and then click “Flip Vertical.” Drag your flipped image to the bottom of the page. Create a blank layer in your layers panel and fill it in with white. Go to your “Filter” menu, then “Sketch” and finally “Halftone Pattern.” Make sure the “Line” is selected in “Pattern Type.” Now experiment with the values. The lower they are the more lines you have. Find the right amount for your picture. When your satisfied click okay and the lines will appear in your layer.

Go back to “Filter” and choose “Gaussian Blur.” This will smooth out your lines. Change the radius until you have a soft edge. Now save this as a document and delete your lines layer.

We’re almost ready to insert the ripple effect. First, merge your mirrored images together in the layers panel. Return once again to the “Filters” menu, go down to “Distort” and choose “Displace.” In this box you can choose how your ripple effect will appear. You only need to work with the horizontal scale. Also be sure to click “Stretch to Fit” and “Repeat Edges Pixels.”

Click OK when you are ready. Photoshop will now ask you about a displacement map. Find your lines file that you just saved and click it. Now your merged picture will be covered with ripples. To fix this problem create a layer mask using the bottom layer as a selection. Now apply your “Gaussian Blur” to the photo mask to soften the line between the two images.

For the final effect, create an adjustment layer and choose “Hue/Saturation.” In the box that comes up check the box that says “Use Previous Layer to Create Clipping Mask” so that it only affects the bottom layer. To add a bit of blue colour to the water only, focus on the “Hue” slider. Experiment to find the shade that works best for your picture. When you’re finished, go back to your layers panel and lower the opacity of the effect to make it look more natural. Now your reflection is complete.

This is only the tip of the iceberg of what you can do with Photoshop photo editing. Once you have mastered this technique, you will be ready for anything.

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