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    So.. I photograph pieces of art with a digital camera at work. My boss just sat down a piece that is a framed mirror essentially...

    HOW THE $@%%(*%!#&(%#%#(*%&#%(*%#??? How am I going to photograph this thing and make it look like a mirror?


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    use a polygonal lasso tool to select the mirrored section, do a gaussian blur, then a plastic wrap and a motion blur at an angle.. maybe something like that will do the trick?

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    It's got a piece of something sticking off of it that needs to be reflected... I'll show you what I've done in a few minutes it took a little bit of jerry rigging...
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    heh.. I'm almost proud of this (even tho it still looks fake) Just to give you guys an idea of what I've done, here's the original photo.
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    And here's the touched up version.
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    not bad... although the original isn't awful either!

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    Hi Brak,
    Like your pics, the original looks great except for the line accross the bottom of the mirror, as for the updated version, try removing the diag. lines across the mirror. It should improve the view. Maybe add more shadows to the mirror instead.
    But besides that, It looks great. 8-)

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    OK, I'll bite, how did you take the original photo? It looks like it was taken straight on, but has no background. What's your secret?

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    Oh.. I guess I take that for granted because I do it all day long

    I work in an art gallery/frame shop.. coincidentally we have large amounts of matboard.. it's basically thick acid-free paper of different colors. I set one piece down underneath the piece, then held one piece in one hand (a large piece, about 6ft x4ft) and buttted it against the first piece, but pulled my end up so it curved up to the bottom of the camera lens. That's why there's the line in the bottom, and also why the white isn't even (the matboard was curved) I was kind of proud of myself.. I've done similar things in the past to reduce glare... but never photographed a mirror.
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