Creating a Table Reflection for a Product Shot
One of the more popular methods of displaying a product is to show the reflection of the product as if it were sitting on a glass or reflective table top. Let’s examine how to create that reflection for a camera using Adobe Photoshop.
Start by getting the camera on its own layer by deleting the background or using the pen tool to make a clean selection.
Create a new document with a white background. Make a rectangular selection and fill it with a gradient, making the surface of the tabletop.
Bring the image of the camera into your document and “place it on the tabletop.” Duplicate the camera layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer), and move the copied layer under the original layer in the layers palette.
With the copied layer selected, press Cmd/Ctrl + T or Edit > Free Transform to activate Free Transform. Right or Control click on the layer and select Flip Vertical, which should reflect the camera upside down. Now drag that layer so it is just below the top layer. It is okay if the bottom camera runs off the canvas, since we will end up hiding most of it anyway.
Real-life table reflections are not as defined at the real item, so we are going to add a blur and lower the opacity of the bottom camera layer. Your settings will vary depending on the size of your image. I used a blur of 1.5 px and lowered the opacity to 25%.
Add a layer mask to the reflected layer by clicking on the Add a layer mask icon at the bottom of the Layers palette. Using a white to black gradient, draw a gradient on the layer mask starting at the edge of the reflected camera and drawing down. Adjust as necessary until you get the right look.