Rule #4 – Items pointing toward you have smaller reflections than you think.
Photoshop Reflection Bloopers
On page 3, we saw a laptop whose keyboard is coming toward us. Here’s another one, from a slideshow at Photoshop World of all places.
Okay, here’s how to think about this one. The front edge of the keyboard is facing us straight on. Therefore we would see that edge reflected. However, the keys themselves are on a surface that is facing up. We would never see these keys in the reflection, if the laptop is laying flat as it appears to be. But wait! It’s back end appears to be floating too. Don’t let it float away!
Below is a photo I took of my own laptop.
What we see in the reflection is the front edge of the keyboard, a bit of its underside as it curves away from us, and a tiny bit of the monitor’s top edge. Notice the perspective lines going down too.
Reflection Realism in Photoshop
For objects that come toward you or go away from you, study them well. Get a shinny surface and lay the object on top of it. What does the reflection do? Now, create that in Photoshop the best you can.