Using CS6 on Windows 7. I've got a product photo of a product with square corners and the shot is taken on a angle so that a corner is pointed out towards you with 2 sides going away from you. I've created a copy of the layer, flipped it vertically and lowered the opacity to create a reflection. I then added a layer mask to the reflection layer and then a gradient to fade out the relection to solid white on 1 side of the product. But I need to apply a gradient to the other side of the product to fade out its reflection, but when I do this, it removes the first gradient. How can I fade out both sides of my
Thought I had it figured out by adding a new layer and then applying gradient to it, but then when I delete the background layer, the gradient I made on the new layer is visible. I'm trying to create a PNG with transparent background so when it displays on our website, just the product and its reflection is shown against the site's background. Can anyone help me out? Thanks.
If you want to maintain two masks affecting one layer then put one gradient in the layer's mask, put the layer into a layer group and put the second gradient in the group's mask.
Alternatively, you can combine gradients by using different blending modes. The Gradient Tool options bar has a blending mode control for the next gradient to be drawn. You can also build a mixed gradient in layers, blending the layers, then stamp these layers into one layer and copy that layer into a mask. I recommend Gradient Fill layers (Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient...) for making gradients which you can repeatedly tweak now and later.
An easy way to limit a gradient to part of an image is to make a selection first, then paint the gradient in it...
Just to toss out some visual ideas...
Your cube is a perfect example of what I want to do, but even after downloading your PSD file, I still cannot figure out how you did it. Can you explain further to me how you created the layer "Reflection?" Thanks.
I duped the cube layer, rasterized it, deleted all but the two faces, flipped vertically via Edit -Transform, then used Edit - Transform - Distort on each side separately to make the edges line up.
I just selected each side individually and rendered white to black gradients at near right angles into the layer mask.