Another quick post . . . what is this world coming to?
Anyway, an article in the latest Photoshop User Magazine caught my attention. I’ve seen various instructions on creating realistic water reflections, but this one looked to be a good one. Heck, it was in 3D, so you know it has to be good.
Here’s the first original I played with . . .
. . . and here’s my first attempt . . .
Not bad, but I had to tweak the finished product because when I rendered the image the result was a dark and overly-saturated version of what I started with.
For instance, starting with this shot . . .
. . . I end up with this shot . . .
It’s like some blend parameter is set to Overlay or Multiply. I can play around with it a bit and get something passable . . .
. . . but the colors are way off from the original.
I mean, the process produces pretty good results with what I think are outstanding effects for the water. Heck, I can even add text . . .
. . . but the color of the end product looks nothing like the color in the original photo.
One of the advantages of the method described is that it forms a template of sorts. You can easily swap out the underlying photo for another. But, look what happened when I take this original . . .
. . . and drop it in there.
I would say that the colors are a bit messed up. Now, I can play with saturation, luminosity, hues, brightness, etc. and get something that some might find passable . . .
. . . but at this point, the photo is greatly diminished and I can’t quite match the original because there’s just too much red in the photo.
I suspect this has to do with the color space. Somewhere, either in the rendering process or one of the other functions, there’s a conflict with the photo’s original color space. You see this a lot when a printer driver conflicts with printer settings; the colors get all messed up.
I’ll figure it out, eventually, but meanwhile, I’m fairly pleased to have found a way to add reflections in photos that might benefit from them.
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