Solution

To start with, make sure that the object for which you want to create a reflection is on its own layer. Duplicate the layer using Ctrl-] (Command-] on a Mac). If you're using a text layer, as I am, you'll need to turn it into a vector shape layer by right-clicking on the layer in the Layers palette, and selecting Convert to Shape from the menu that appears.

Transforming the object

Transform the duplicated object using Ctrl-T (Command-T)—a bounding box will appear around it. Click and hold the mouse button down on the middle control point at the top of the bounding box. Hold down Shift and drag the mouse downwards until you've flipped the object upside-down, as shown in the example above. Doubleclick inside the bounding box, or press Enter (Return) to apply the transformation.

Transforming the object

In the Layers palette, lower the Opacity of the flipped layer to 75%, as shown at right.

Now click on the Add layer mask button at the bottom of the Layers palette to add a layer mask to the flipped layer. Add a white-to-black gradient to the layer mask to fade out the bottom part of the layer, as shown below.

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Adding a layer mask

Lowering the opacity 0H

Adding a layer mask

In the case of text shapes, you may notice that when the straight edges of the bottom of the object and the top of the reflection line up, the curved letters overlap each other slightly. In many fonts, the curved letters (such as the O in the example shown below) are slightly taller than the rest of the characters. To line them up, you'll need to edit the paths for the reflections of these letters manually.

Using the Direct Selection Tool (4), draw a box around the letter to select all the points in its path, as shown at right. Then, press Ctrl-T (Command-T on a Mac) to transform those points. Drag the top-center control handle down slightly to compress the shape until the top of the shape no longer overlaps the object.

Double-click inside the bounding box to apply the transformation. Repeat this process for the other curved letters.

Adjusting the paths of the curved letters

Adjusting the paths of the curved letters

And voila! Our reflection is complete. Below, we can see the final result.

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