Why would you want to remove a mirror reflection?
Someone sent me an email asking how this could be done. He wanted to know how to remove a mirror reflection because he dealt with antique furniture.
Some of that furniture had mirrors and he wanted to show photos of the furniture without any reflection in the mirror.
Another reason I can think of off the top of my head (speaking of reflections!) is if your photo shows a person or item in the reflection of a mirror that you don't want in the photo.
Whatever your reason, this tutorial shows a pretty easy and realistic way to remove a mirror reflection using Photoshop Elements.
Click on the video below to see exactly how it's done.
Under the video is an illustrated step-by-step guide showing how to remove a mirror reflection in Photoshop Elements.
Here's a short version of the same process without all of the detailed explanations if you just need to see the basic steps:
Start by adding a new Layer to put the replacement mirror on.
To do that go to the Layers panel and click on the Create a New Layer icon.
That adds a new blank Layer above the Background Layer that we can put our new mirror reflection on.
Since the mirror in this tutorial is rectangular, I'm gonna use the Polygonal Marquee tool to make a Selection around it.
You might use a different Selection tool depending on the shape of your mirror.
First I clicked on the Regular Lasso tool in the Tool panel. Then I went down to the Tool Options and clicked on the Polygonal Lasso tool to make it active.
Click on the Gradient tool in the Toolbox to make it active.
Next go down to the Tool Options and choose a Gradient from the Gradient Picker and choose a Style from the five available Styles.
For this tutorial I chose the Black, White Gradient and I chose the Linear Style.
With the Gradient tool active, click-and-drag a diagonal line through the mirror.
And that's all there is to it, just three easy steps!
Here's a look at the final result:
And that brings us to the end of this tutorial on how to remove a mirror reflection in Photoshop Elements.
Until next time, this is Rick saying . . . Take care!