Monday, November 11, 2013


“It’s all done with mirrors” goes a professional saying in this field. These days digital photography artists are turning virtual magicians what with numerous innovative tools at their disposal. The mirror picture effect is one such tool. Elaborated here is a procedure to use the mirror picture effect to customize images.
It’s all done with mirrors” goes a saying among professional magicians. Well, these days, digital photography artists are turning virtual magicians, what with the advent of new and improved photo editing software and its associated techniques. Things which were hitherto not possible, have now become possible using these contemporary techniques. The mirror picture effect is nothing but duplicating one part of the picture or image on the other side, whether it is top to bottom or left to right. There are some theoretical steps which these professionals follow to create the magical mirror picture effects. The steps are as under:
Step 1: Start with a picture, or perhaps a vision of your final mirror image. It is always said that when you set out to accomplish something you should always have your final goal in sight. And in this field, it is always good to work on copies of images and not disturb the original image or picture.
Step 2: Next comes increasing the canvas size. Canvas here indicates the actual working area. In Photoshop we can increase the actual canvas size. When we first open Canvas size, the central box in the tic-tac-toe grid becomes shaded.
Step 3: The next step is to actually increase the canvas size. This is done by moving the shaded box into any of the other boxes, followed by typing in a new text height and/or with dimensions. When one wants to increase the canvas size at the bottom of the picture, one needs to move the shaded area to the top middle box. Then one needs to type in the canvas size, which for all practical purposes is more than double the size of the original photograph. After doubling the working area, one can get enough working space to suitably modify the image.
Step 4: Creation of a flipped copy of your original image is very easy. This is done by using the Marquee tool using which we select the original image area, go to edit>copy and then go to file menu> new which creates the new document, which is the exact size as your original image. Next we go to edit>paste which pastes the image into a new document on a new layer. In order to flip the middle, go to edit> transform>flip vertically. This will flip the image.
Step 5: In order to create the magical mirror picture effect, we use the Move Tool and drag our flipped image into a blank area of our original image. Now both the images are lined up carefully so that they look perfectly mirrored. Next, we flatten the image by going to menu Layers>Flatten.

Step 6: An optional fun thing we can do is to create the effect of your original image being reflected in water. This is done by selecting the mirrored portion of your image, using the Marquee Tool, accessing menu Filters>Distort>Ocean Ripple. Here one can play around with ripple size and ripple magnitude until one is happy with the effect. Then click on ok. Now go to menu Select>Deselect in order to deselect the area on which you have applied the ocean ripple filter. Finally one can use the crop tool to firm the picture to one’s liking. 

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