Reflection Text in Photoshop

    ●   Type some text in Photoshop, make a duplicate of that text, and warp it using the Free Transform Tool.

Learn About:

Free Transform Tool Masking Opacity Rasterize Text

   •    This tutorial is part of the Drive Me Wild project.

Other People's Work:

Here are examples of work inspired by this tutorial.

      the     reflection text      

Step #1: Find a Font that Matches your Project ~

Go to and search for a font that fits your project theme -

  •   For instance, if you want a text or font that looks Old, search for that at


  •   If you want something that looks like Money, search for that. Get it?

Step #2: Download the Font ~

When you find a font that matches your project, Right-Click and save the file to your desktop, or somewhere you can find it …

download font

Step #3: Open Font Book ~

Go to your Downloads (Window > Downloads), open it, and double-click on the .tff file(s) …

ttf file

… when Font Book opens, click Install Font.

font book install

Step #4: Open your Project in PhotoShop ~

Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …



… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …

… select the Horizontal Type Tool or hit the keyboard shortcut (t) …

horizontal type tool



Step#5: Select your Font ~

Select your text …

… click on Font Family in the menu bar and find your font.

Step #6: Rasterize Type ~

With the duplicated text selected, go to: Layer > Rasterize > Type or Right-Click on the new layer and select Rasterize Type.

Step #7: Transform ~

Hit the keyboard shortctut Cmd(⌘)+T to Free Transform the text …

… then, Right-Click or go to: Edit > Transform > Perspective

… and pull the lower sides in.

Step #8: Duplicate the Layer ~

Duplicate the text layer by hitting the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+J or go to: Layer > Duplicate Layer.

duplicate layer

Step #9: Flip Vertical ~

Hit Cmd (⌘) + t +

… then Right-Click on the Text - select Flip Vertical and move it down a little.

Step #10: Perspective ~

Then go to: Edit > Transform > Perspective and adjust so it looks like a shadow.

Step #11: Opacity ~

Lower the opacity of the duplicate layer …

… play with the opacity setting until you get your desired result.

Step #12: Blending Options ~

GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL text layer and click on fx

… add Bevel and Emboss … and any others you like.

bevel and emboss

… and Drop Shadow too.

reflecting text

Last Step: Save and Attach ~

Go to: File > Save as …  and save the image as a .psd file - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd


Attach it!

  •   ALWAYS save your projects like this:


  •   DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.


  •   NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.