Can someone help me? I need to make a reflection under a moving graphic in AE CS4. I see it all the time but it has me stumped. I have a graphic that will start at an angle on the right side , come to the center as it gets larger and then goes left and gets smaller. I need to add a mirror image under it so that it looks like it is sliding on a polished table or something along those lines. I have tried the mirror effect but I cant make that work...Any Tips?
Have you tried a Google Search for "After Effects reflection tutorial?" I did and got 5 videos and 5 step by step tutorials on the first page. Just about any popular effect will have a bunch of free tutorials on the web.
The basic technique is to duplicate your layer, invert it, parent it to the layer that's going to be animated, give it a little blur and some kind of transparency effect, then try a few different blend modes to see which looks best. It takes more than one layer.
You could also use the Grow Bounds, Mirror, blur, linear wipe, transform and blend modes on your layer. As with any effect, there are many ways to make it work. You just have to look around and try a few things.
I will give that a try..and thatnks for the Google tip....