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Making a Clear Drinking Glass in Photoshop: A Bit of Photoshop Magic!
If you've ever wondered how to go about making a clear drinking glass in Photoshop - or any clear, reflective object in general - this tutorial is for you. You can fill the glass with absolutely anything, and achieves a stunning effect! This tutorial uses Photoshop CS4, but should work well for anyone using Photoshop CS or higher. This tutorial is also intended for people who have an intermediate knowledge of Photoshop or are prepared to spend a little time learning as you go.
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Creating the Glass Itself
Open Photoshop and create a new document. Here I'll be using a 900px by 900px document. For the sake of ease, draw a line down the approximate center of your image on a new layer. This is a guide to help you make sure your glass looks symmetrical. You can go ahead and name the separate layer "guide" if you would like.
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Now, a glass isn't a glass unless it looks transparent, right? So go into a layer styles and find Gradient Overlay. Set the mode to overlay and the opacity at 50%. Leave the style at Linear. As for your angle, you're going to want to take a moment to think about light source. If this is part of a larger picture, you'll probably want to make sure that the gradient reflects the light source. I'm just going to leave it at 90, as though the light source was coming directly from the top of the image.
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Now duplicate your glass layer, and name it something different, like "inner glass" or "glass2" or "inside". Press CTRL+T (Mac: CMD+T) to bring up your free transform option. Set your width scale to 92-95% and your height scale to 90-95%. This will largely depend on how thick you want your glass to appear, and how thick you want the base of your glass to be. When you're satisfied, press enter to set the transformation.
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Creating Light Reflections
To create a clear drinking glass in Photoshop, you'll have to employ a little "Photoshop Magic" - as just messing with the opacity will leave your images feeling flat and plastic. Grab yourself a rectangular marquee and select the area directly around your glass as I have done below
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Here's just one of many things you can do with the finished product!
Like this tutorial? I've also created one for Making a Bow in Photoshop.