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Mirror Reflections

Want to create a mirror reflection right inside Illustrator? It’s easy. First you’ll need to duplicate whatever object you want to create the mirror reflection of so you have two of them. Next, select the object and choose Object>Transform>Reflect. Pick the horizontal option and click OK. Position the duplicate toward the bottom of the original. Next, click the Create New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers palette to get a blank layer above the layer with your objects. On the new layer, create a rectangle that covers the duplicate object, fill it with a white to black linear gradient, and set the stroke to none. Select both the rectangle and the duplicate object and choose Make Opacity Mask from the Transparency palette’s flyout menu. Instant reflection!


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