With this tutorial we will show you how you can add reflections to your text, shapes or isolated objects. This is a very common (and easy) technique and is used a lot, especially in web design.
As an example for this tutorial I will add a reflection to the image below, however you can also use the same technique to add reflections to any Photoshop / graphic image.
Lets start with a base image, any image will do.
The first step is to duplicate our image. You can do this by simply pressing Ctrl+J or by going to Layer -> Duplicate Layer.
Now, transform the layer vertically ( Alt + E > A > V)
Now, Move the layer to below the original image. (You can also add a bit of perspective to the reflection layer by transforming it ( Alt + E > A > P) if you want.
The next step is to add a layer mask to the duplicate layer. To do this simply click on the add layer mask button in the layers palette.
Now pick the Gradient Tool and draw a gradient (black to white) from the bottom to somewhere near the top (Hold Shift while you draw the gradient to obtain a horizontal gradient)
You should now have something like this.
Finally just reduce the opacity of the duplicate layer and you are all done.
There is no golden rule about the opacity % , just play with the opacity setting until you get your desired result.
Finally add a frame (well that is for another tutorial) and there you have if it- Professional reflections made easy