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What makes a shiny surface shine?

What causes a surface to appear shiny? It’s that it reflects light! A shiny surface
is a mirror. Here’s how to make your tabletop gleam in Photoshop.

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A matte surface has only a shadow.

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The fainter the opacity, the less shiny the surface.

A shiny surface has a reflection, too.

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Photoshop We’re about to make an artificial, 3-D reflection, which looks correct only on objects viewed at table level or round ones like
this stone, which can be fudged. (1) If your image already has a background, the first step is to select and delete it, then name its layer
Reflection. (2) Duplicate the layer (Layer>Duplicate Layer), and name the new layer Object. (3) Go to Image>Canvas Size, double the current
height, then click the top anchor arrow as shown. (4) Add a new layer below the Reflection layer and name it Background; fill with white
(this can change later). (5) Select the Reflection layer, flip the image vertically (Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical), and move it down, leaving
some underlap as shown. Set its opacity to about 50%. (6) Make a new Shadow layer. Draw an ellipse beneath the stone, fill with black, then
deselect. Blur the selection (Filter>Blur>Gaussian Blur) until you get a dark-to-light gradient blend, set it to Multiply mode, and you’re done.

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Get more on
making reflections, including
easy flat ones
and workarounds,
in Issue 37.

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