Does this procedure take all the fun out of it? No - but - one doesn't really learn how to manipulate layers and do all of the fun stuff with a step-by-step procedure, right?
The good thing is that you can go back into the layers in the Full Edit mode and tweak the final results.
There are eight simple steps and each one of them is automated but there are a few decisions to make.
To get started select Guided > Fun Edits > Reflection ...
Once you are in this panel just click on the Add Reflection button to get started - this is what will appear.
In step 2 and 3 you select a color and fill the background with that color. In this case the chosen color will eventually be the color of the water.
I want a blue cast and that particular color is not available anywhere in the image. That's not a problem because the layer created in this step can be changed to another color in Full Edit mode - but that's for later.
Step 4 let's you choose the type of reflection - Floor, Glass or Water. With water selected you can adjust both the Ripple and Motion Blur with two different dialogue boxes.When Floor is selected the Gaussian Blur adjustment comes up and with Glass selected the Filter Gallery is loaded and the reflection (the upside down part) can be modified.
In step 5 the intensity of the reflection is set.
Step 6 will adjust vertical distortion.
Step 7 is the time to crop the image if it's needed, and ...
The last step is to add a gradient from the bottom of the reflection to the bottom of the original image.
After clicking Done and going to Full Edit the layers palette is visible ...
If you don't like the background color then a new color can be applied to Layer 5.
The Gradient (in the last step) can also be changed by selecting Layer 6 and applying a new gradient.
If you are really adventurous then an Adjustment Layer (Levels, for instance) can be added above Layer 2 and the levels adjusted.
To have it affect only Layer 2 hold down the Alt key and click on the line separating Layer 2 and Levels 1.
This insures that the Levels adjustment is only applied to Layer 2 (the two layers are clipped together).
I'm not really one to leave things alone so messed extensively with the Gradient Layer and this is the end result ...
This is a really fabulous addition to Elements 9 - have a blast with it!
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