Reflections in 3D

Reflections in 3D

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Add 3D Reflections in Photoshop



Reflections can be activated for an object's texture and for the scene's ground plane. Once the reflection is activated, the object and/or ground plane display the reflected image.


Step One

In Photoshop open a new blank document (File > New). Set the image size to 1,024 pixels by 1,024 pixels.

Step Two

Using the Text tool, add the text 100 to the document. The size should be set to 300 pt.

Step Three

With the Text layer selected, choose 3D > New Extrusion from Selected Layer.

Step Four

With the Rotate 3D Object icon selected, click and drag in the View box to move the camera to view the text from an upper front perspective.

Step Five

Click the object once or twice to display the materials in the Properties panel.

Step Six

In the 3D panel click the Front Inflation Material, then shift select the Back Inflation Material. All five materials should be selected. Change the reflection value in the Properties panel to 90%. This updates all of the text materials.

Step Seven

Choose 3D > Render to see the object reflections. This step could take a few minutes.

Step Eight

To add reflections to the ground plane, click Environment in the 3D panel and change the Reflections Opacity to 30%. Set the Roughness value to 2%.

Step Nine

Choose 3D > Render to see the object and ground plane reflections.

Compositing With an Image

Once your image is rendered, you can composite the image with a photograph or other imagery. The ground plane shadows and reflections are semi-transparent and blend well with the existing imagery.

Softening the Shadows

In your final render you may want to soften the shadows by selecting the light and adjusting the Softness slider in the Properties panel.