Apr 27 2009
Will you look into the mirror?
What will I see?
Not even the wisest can say, for the mirror shows many things.
Things that are, things that were, and some things that have not yet come to
Once you have completed the main tutorial, come here again and then I’ll show you how to add a reflection effect to the Ring.
Find an image
All I did was go to the Lord of the
Rings web site and download a picture of Gollum but you can be more creative.
Use a picture or your boss, Bill Gates or your little brother.
Just open up the downloaded image in Photoshop, select the whole image (Command-A)
and copy it (Command-C). Then go to your Ring file you’re building, select the
Outer Ring layer and paste your downloaded image (Command-V). You will probably
need to scale the image because we want it to cover the whole ring. Go Command-T
and hold down the Shift key to scale the image proportionately over the Ring
and hit Enter when you’re done.
Change the reflections blending mode to Overlay and adjust the Opacity to 60%.
Now duplicate the reflected image layer and drag the duplicate between the
Inner and Outer Ring layers. Group this layer to the Inner Ring as you did before.
Go to Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates. Choose the Polar to Rectangular
setting, click OK and then use the Move to to drag the inner reflection around
until it is to your liking.