Somewhere, buried deep within my DNA, is an artist just waiting for the right combination of sun, moon, stars, luck, and genie in a magic lamp so I can become the starving artist I’ve always wanted to be.
In the interim, I collect and try many different Mac design, drawing, and photo enhancement apps in the hopes that one day all the right forces in the universe will align and I’ll become the 21st century’s next Ansel Adams or Pablo Picasso instead of being relegated to painting drywall in the basement because my husband hurt his arm.
This week’s find is an app you’ve likely never seen before, even if you’ve seen a few apps or features which add reflections to photos or graphic elements. It’s called Reflect Studio and it takes image reflections to a whole different level. It’s called a photo editor but once you see a few samples of the reflections it creates you’ll see plenty of application.
What it does is simple. Reflect Studio creates reflective surfaces that go beyond the mere reflections of water, ice, floors, etc. It comes with dozens of presets which let you blend images to create a new genre of reflections. Here are some samples that go beyond the normal reflections in many graphic design or photos apps.
So, how do you get such cool reflections embedded into a photo?
In a word, Presets. Reflect Studio has more than 30 reflection presets; many of the standard surface variety, but others including floors, grids, and additional designs. Built in to Reflect Studio are addition filters and lens textures which can be combine an infinite number of ways (I didn’t count to infinity, so don’t hold me to that) to create truly unique reflections.
Each element can be customized, too, so waves, shadows, and intensity can each be altered to match the photo, filter, or effect desired.
The user interface is actually more fun than complex, though nearly every filter, tool, effect, and texture you can think of is there or can be created. Select from floor surfaces, science fiction effects, even water or oceans and beaches, and apply to nearly any photo with a horizon line. It’s that easy.
Reflect Studio is priced about right but isn’t a tool every photographer or graphic designer needs, but it adds one more element to enhance images far beyond normal and much easier than a college class in Photoshop.