Reflected landscapes tutorial landscape displacement

How this kind of reflected landscapes are done. In this tutorial I will describe step by step, how can you do in a few simple steps this kind of reflected landscape. In this tutorial i’m going to use an image that is not mine. If you are interested about the image source, you can check this link.

Reflected Landscapes

Bring the image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer. To create the shape select the Rectangular Marquee tool, or by pressing M on the keyboard. Select a area that you want. With part of the sky or in this case fog and part of the landscape. After you have made the selection, press Shift+Ctrl+I to invert the selection.



After inverting the selection, press Delete on the keyboard. This will delete everything else, besides the selection. Select the layer with the shape and rotate on 180 degrees. You can use the move tool and place your shape. Now that we have the shape, let’s make a Layer Mask for this layer.




Select your Brush Tool. Set the Brush Tool hardness to zero percent. Increase the brush size. Be sure that you select the Layer Mask by clicking on it. Select black color. This will basically delete and by painting with white , it will add back. Having a layer mask, you don’t need to be afraid that you do something wrong. Painting back with white will add back. Start painting with black in the layer mask starting from the bottom. Try making the shape blend with the rest of your image. By decreasing the brush opacity to 50% , you can see with every brush strike how the effect is enfolding. Try not to let any edges at the bottom.




And that’s it. With just one layer and a layer mask. This kind of effect works better on images that have fog or clear sky. Is simple as that, now you know how to create beautiful arty reflected landscapes.

Image credits Unsplash/Pixabay
reflected landscape

As a photographer, my goal is to create beautiful imagery. I discovered that I can’t stop learning. It’s always something new that you can learn in photography. In my journey, I hope that I can teach others a few little things about photography and photo editing. I’m the author and the creator of this website.

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