Understanding the Concept of Mirror Effect in Photo Editing

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Beauty has its consciousness. A beautiful picture can easily be mirrored. It only adds to it’s the beauty quotient. And while natural beauty has a charm, its mirror effect in pictures is equally agreeable. The effect can be placed in many ways in a digital photo. When a photo is uploaded on the imaging software its copy placed on the new document. There are different kinds of mirror reflections angles that one can opt for-right, left, top or bottom. Once the effect is created additional things can be done like adding a water effect or even a cartoon effect for fun.

An editor understands how the effect will look, can do the same professionally. There are reasons why the mirror effect should be entrusted to the pro. For example when you put up a letter or newspaper in front of the mirror the text is reflected in the opposite direction. It is difficult to read it. Even the numbers on the wall clock show the opposite time when seen in the mirror! The same happens when we try to do it ourselves in photos. That is why an expert should do the job. He knows which part to flip and which angle will look the best for the image. He also has the technical knowledge of perspective and angles, how the mirror image can be flipped or rotated and at what degree to give the right effect. Should there be just one mirror effect or multiples of the same. He can use his craft and experience to decide and bring out the best result. Left to ourselves we may just be able to duplicate it and nothing more!

In Photoshop the editor will open his menu and open a new document on which he will create this image. He will post the image in the new document. He will check the layers palette and see that the image has been placed on the background layer. Now this is considered layer number one. When the image falls on the new layer, it may have to be resized or repositioned. If there is a scope for resizing then he will chose the edit and does the needful with free transform. He then chooses a vertical guide if it is a solo image of a person. If the image is of a landscape and is oriented horizontally then he may choose horizontal mode. He clicks ok and the vertical (or horizontal) can be dragged to set the mirror look. He then selects the marquee tool and takes up the side he will be using for the mirror look. He chooses the new layer and the layer via copy. A copy is made with the new selection. Now this becomes layer number 2. Flip vertical (or horizontal) and he is able to adjust the image. Now it is a clear guide. Is this the mirror effect you are also looking for? Was this simple tutorial of help? With this new image you can now build a new portfolio and a new skill.

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I am the owner and Chief Executive, SEO & DTP Expert of Clipping Path India.Clipping Path India is an offshore graphic studio providing all types of photo treatment services from a low-cost region.

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This article was published on 2013/11/29