Mirror Effect Tutorial

In this post, I’ll show you how to make mirror effect on photoshop. Basically it is a  very simple and easy effect, not a time consuming as well . If you’re a beginner, it’s a good starter, although maybe some of you will think that it’s a bit complicated. But believe me, it’s not. So, just open your Photoshop and let’s get started 😊

Here is the image that I’ll be using on this tutorial,

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this is the picture of Alessandra Ambrosio that I took from Google.

Step 1: Open your image

Just like always, the first thing to do is to open your wanted image. Or you can use the same image as me, just download it. If you have already open your image, unlock the image so we’re free to make it whatever we want.

Step 2: Copy your image

Actually, this is not a necessary thing to do. But, it’s just in case if we screw up something. Just copy your image by press ctrl+J on your keyboard. The, rename the layer 0 to back up.

Step 3: Making a new layer

Making a new layer, and place it under your layer 0 copy. And turn off your backup layer and layer 0 copy, just like what I did down below:

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Click on paint bucket tool a and fill your layer with black color. And turn on you layer 0 copy, but keep your backup layer off because we don’t need it, yet.

Step 4: Creating stripes

First thing first, select your layer 0 copy. And then, click select marque tool

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And make a stripe, make sure you select only the parts of the hair. Then you right click and select new layer via cut:

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And you can see that we make a new layer with a stripe of the image, now just turn it off and your layer will be more look like this:

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Click on your layer 0 copy, and make another selection on different parts, and just do the same thing.

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Repeat this action for a few times, as necessary. And in the end it will look like just something like this:

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Now, you can delete your layer 0 copy since it is useless now. Then turn back on all the layer except the backup layer.

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Since the image are now on different pieces, that you have to do is spread them by click on stripes layer one by one and move it, don’t forget to activate your move tool first. While moving the stripe layer, please hold shift command on your keyboard while moving the layer to keep the layer stays straight in line.

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Step 5: Creating the mirror effect

Yeay! Finally, we almost done, just two more steps 😊. Now turn off your black layer, so your photo will be look like this:

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And then create a blank new layer on top of everything. After that press, CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+E, so now you can see a merge of entire slices that you made before. And you have to duplicate the layer as well by press CTRL+J, and named it like what I did in the picture bellow:

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If you’ve done, for a moment turn off your dark stripes layer and click on blur. Then select on Filter, Blur, and choose Gaussian Blur.

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And in the Gaussian Blur, you have to make sure that it’s not a way too blur or too clear otherwise it doesn’t look good enough. If you’ve done, move your blur layer to the bottom of your last stripes or top of your black background. After that, make sure that you click on the move tool, then hold shift key and move the layer a little bit to the left/right whatever you want but make sure it looks proper.

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So now, put your black stripes layer under the blur layer. Don’t forget to turn it on, then hold on your shift key and move it on the available space that left.

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Now, turn down the opacity of black stripes layer to about 50%, and the basic mirror effect now is ready.

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Step 6: Finishing

To make it more stunning, now make a new layer and click on your bucket tool and choose gradient tool, and make sure that you have foreground to transparent on gradient tool. When it’s ready, just hold your shift key and drag a little bit to the middle for two times on each side so it will be look like this:

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Well, now we come to our last adjustment layer, now go on your adjustment layer, and you select gradient map

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Basically, I love it on black and white. But if you want another, you can click on the gradient option

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And click on the setting icon which I rounded with red in the picture bellow, and choose Photographic Toning.

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When it comes something like this,

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Just click Append. Now you have much more gradient option like this. Here I choose sepia 3, then click ok.

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Now, it looks really good, isn’t it? But I’ll change the blending mode to overlay

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Now, we’re done. Tada!!!! Here our result,

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Well, that’s how to create Mirror Effect on Photoshop. Check out other tutorial and also design tips and trick on my blog, and don’t forget to hit follow button on my blog to support me. And always keep in mind that “Practices makes perfect”. See you on the next post, Adios fellas.

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