How to Create Realistic Water Reflections Using Photoshop

Replacing the sky can be a powerful and valuable tool for photographers in a wide range of genres ranging from real estate to landscapes or weddings. When there is water is the shot, this can significantly complicate the process, but this fantastic tutorial will show you how to use Photoshop to add realistic reflections for a more complete photo.

Coming to you from Unmesh Dinda with PiXimperfect, this awesome tutorial will show you how to create realistic reflections in water when replacing a sky in Photoshop. Undoubtedly, this is a difficult process, particularly when there are ripples in the water that cause the scene to be reflected in an uneven manner. It is also a bit involved when it comes to computer resource usage and the time required for the results, so it probably is not one you will want to use on a lot of images, but when you have a signature shot that you want to polish, it can really help you take the image over the top. If you are a fan of Photoshop, it is also a fantastic deep dive into some of the program's more esoteric features. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Dinda. 

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Why do you promote fake photography?

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Simply dont read it if you're not interessted

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Next week: how to turn a boring corporate headshot into a beautiful mountain landscape using Photoshop.