In ProShow Producer, the ability to create gradient layers is instrumental in the construction of many slide styles built into the program, as well as those available in our Effects Packs. In a recent article, I showed you how to use gradients as adjustment layers to simulate realistic lighting. Today I’m going to show you how to utilize gradient masks to create an image reflection below your images. While it’s not necessary a complete effect on its own, hopefully you can use this skill to construct more complex effects and make your images pop.
Setting Up Your Reflection
- Add an image to your show to create a new slide.
- Open Slide Options and click on the image in the layers list. In the Layer Settings tab, change the zoom to 75%, then change the position to [0, -8].
- Right click on the image in the layers list and choose Duplicate Layer
- Select Layer 2 in the layers list.
- In the Adjustments tab, change the Opacity to 35% for layer 2. Also check the Horizontal flip option under the Editing Tools section.
- Go to the Effects tab, then change the Rotate Center to [0, 50]. Change the Rotate value to 180.
- Click the Copy button at the bottom of the Effects tab and choose “Copy to Next Keyframe (All Layers)”.
Now your image should be mirrored below the original one. The next step is to create a gradual fade of the mirrored image.
Fading Out the Reflection with a Gradient Mask
- Right click on layer 2 in the layers list and choose Add Masking Layer > Add Gradient.
- In the Gradient window, set your gradient up as follows. The key steps are changing the Resolution to 1280×150 and the Angle to 270 degrees.
- Go to the Layer Settings tab. While Layer 2 (the gradient mask) is selected, change the position to [0, 40].
There you have it. When you play back your slide, you should now have a subtle reflection below the image. If you want to make it even more subtle, change the opacity of the reflected layer (now layer 3) to something lower than 35% in the Adjustments tab. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.