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Chapter 6. Auto-Scaling Type > Creating a Surface Reflection

Creating a Surface Reflection

You're getting close to completing the project. The next task is to create a surface reflection of the text. You'll apply several effects to a single layer to simulate a moving shadow reflected on the floor of the scene:

1.
Duplicate the Text layer, and rename the new (top) layer Text Reflection.

2.
Expand the Text Reflection layer's Transform group, and change the Scale to 125, -570 to enlarge and invert the image.

You don't need to be concerned about Title Safe in this case because the layer will be a shadow, not the main title.

Starting to build the text reflection

3.
To remove the Ramp, Bevel Alpha, and Drop Shadow effects from the Text Reflection layer, select the layer and choose Effect > Remove All.

4.
Apply Effect > Blur & Sharpen > Directional Blur to the Text Reflection layer. Set the effect's Direction to 0 x +90 and its Blur Length to 15.

Settings for the Directional Blur effect

Almost finished creating the text reflection

5.
To make it easy to reshape and distort the reflection, apply Effect > Distort > Corner Pin to the Text Reflection layer.

6.
To align the reflection with the title, set the Corner Pin effect's values to the following:

Upper Left: 135, 45

Upper Right: 582, 45

Lower Left: 0, 486

Lower Right: 720, 486


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