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The glazing system in the entry area will also receive a photographic reflection. Instead of simply reflecting clouds, you can reveal a bit of the building site's context by reflecting the opposite side of the street in the glazing.

15. Press W to select the Magic Wand. Click inside each of the remaining window boundaries, including the glass panels in the door, to build a selection. Open the file Ref1ection.jpg from the companion CD. Choose Select All, and then choose Copy (press Ctrl+A and then press Ctrl+C), and then close Ref1ection.jpg. Paste the image from the Clipboard into the selection by pressing Shift+Ctrl+V (see Figure 6.29). Rename the new layer Reflection.

The image you pasted into the glazing selection in the previous step is too small; enlarge it by transforming the layer.

Figure 6.29

Pasting the reflection image into the selection

Figure 6.29

Pasting the reflection image into the selection

16. Press Ctrl+T to transform the Reflection layer. On the Options bar, click the Maintain Aspect Ratio button (the icon that looks like links in a chain). Click inside the Set Horizontal Scale text box to make it active. Press and hold the Up arrow key until the reflection image fills the glazing boundaries; the Width and Height values should reach at least 123%. Click the Commit button.

17. You can simulate refraction by liquifying the reflection and warping the image. Be careful not to go overboard with this tool; aim for subtle warping only: choose Filter > Liquify to open the Liquify dialog box. Click the Forward Warp tool (the top tool on the Liquify dialog box toolbar). Put your mouse over the image and drag a short distance; the pixels warp and flow, as shown in Figure 6.30. Continue selecting other locations and dragging short distances to distort the straight lines between the buildings. Press Ctrl+Z if you make a mistake, and click OK when you are satisfied with the results.

NOTE Refer to Photoshop Help for more information on the powerful (and fun) Liquify command.

Right now the glazing system looks more like a mirror because the reflection is at full intensity. Tone down the reflectivity with a black-to-white gradient.

18. Apply a Gradient Overlay layer style effect to the Reflection layer. In the Layer Style dialog box, set Opacity to 75% and Scale to 150%. Click OK. Figure 6.31 shows the final reflection and refraction.

19. Save the file as E1evation4.psd. If you're going to continue working through the following sections, you can leave this file open for now.

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Figure 6.30

Warping a liquid image

Figure 6.31

Reflection and refraction complete

Figure 6.31

Reflection and refraction complete

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