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Could someone identify and tell me what photo effect this is called?


rec222

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On the (attached) picture it looks like a reflection done with a layer mask (possibly.) Could you tell me what that is called so I can find a tutorial how to achieve this.

Thanks!

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Rich54

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I think you mean that each individual photo has a highlight streak running through it. There are several ways to do this. Here's a simple one.

Start with a regular photo:

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On a new layer, paint white across a portion of the photo for your highlight:

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Change the layer blend mode to Soft Light and adjust the layer opacity to your taste. I used 75% opacity.

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IamSam

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Also note that your example image has a faded "white" highlight or reflection.

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This is accomplished using a layer mask on the white highlight layer, and then using the Gradient Tool to fade out the highlight.
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JeffK

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I may be repeating what's said...or overthinking this...but can't you just start with a white gradient and then brush out what you don't want:

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IamSam

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but can't you just start with a white gradient and then brush out what you don't want?
Sure! With Ps, there are usually many ways to accomplish an effect. It's just a matter of determining which is easiest and works best for you.

For me, I would just use the Gradient Tool and a white "foreground to transparent" gradient contained within a selection made with the Pen Tool or the Polygonal Lasso Tool.

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