How add reflections to pictures of water drops: Steps 9-18
09 Create new background
Open Advanced_flower.CR2. Click Open Image. Choose Select>All, then Edit>Copy. Go to the main project and choose Edit>Paste. Drag the pasted layer (Layer 1) below the masked flower (Layer 0 copy). Press Ctrl+T. In the Options bar, set Width and Height to 200%. Hit Enter to apply the settings.
10 Blur and tint
Choose Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur to create a more abstract image. To make the background complement but contrast with the foreground flower, choose Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation. Set Master Hue to -146 and Saturation to -56. You now have a cool background and a warm foreground.
11 Clone the droplet
Click the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette and select the Clone Stamp tool. Choose a soft-edged tip from the Brush presets. Set Size to 125. Tick Aligned. Set sample to All Layers. Hold down Alt and click the biggest droplet to sample it, then click to clone it over the smaller one bit by bit.
12 Select flower
Go back to the Advanced_flower document we opened in step nine. Pick the Quick Selection tool and spray it over the petals to select them. Click Refine Edge. Tick Smart Radius and set Radius to 6.5. Set Smooth to 24 and Feather to 2.1. Enter -10% in the Shift Edge box to remove background pixels.
13 Copy and paste
In the Output section click Decontaminate colours to lose any remaining hints of the original background colour still clinging to the edge of the flower. Set Amount to 100% and Output to New Layer. Click OK. Choose Select>All, then Edit>Copy. Go to the main document and choose Edit>Paste.
14 Scale down
Press Ctrl+T to activate the Free Transform tool. In the Options bar set Width to 10%. Tick the Chain icon to maintain the layer’s aspect ratio and the height will scale down by 10% too, which preserves the flower’s proportions. Drag to position the flower over the right droplet and hit Enter.
15 Distort the flower
To make the flower look like it’s being refracted through the lens of the water droplet, choose the Elliptical marquee tool and draw a circular selection around the entire flower. Choose Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates. Tick Rectangular To Polar and click OK to apply the distortion.
16 Blending mode
Change the flower layer’s blending mode to Screen. This enables it to take on some of the colours, tones and textures of the water droplet, helping mesh the separate elements together more realistically. Duplicate the flower layer by dragging it onto the Create New Layer icon.
17 Rotate the flower
Use the Move tool to drag the duplicated flower over the cloned water droplet and blend it in the same way as the previous flower in step 16. To make it look realistic, press Ctrl+T to activate the Free Transform tool. Set the Rotation to 155 and hit Enter to apply the transformation.
18 Apply finishing touches
You can duplicate the flower and water droplet layers to create a third droplet. Rotate the flower inside it to add variety. You can help each droplet merge with the background image by using the Eraser tool to tidy its base. Finally, clone out the bottle at the top right of each droplet!
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