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I need to add a glass effect to the picture so it looks like a real item. I tried to search but I could not find any good solutions.

I attached a photo of the real item and a design

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Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks a lot

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  • See this possibly related answer
    – Billy Kerr
    Mar 15, 2021 at 22:40
  • The only hint of "it has glass surface" in image 1 is the not so clear reflection and maybe the not so bright refraction near the edge. Cannot you insert a transparent layer of your own portrait onto the image? Straight on the face view cannot have anything else. Try layer opacity say =10% for a start. One example (the portrait photo is replaced by a clipart drawing) i.sstatic.net/jAr6G.png
    – user82991
    Mar 16, 2021 at 19:32
  • Thanks for the ideas. I will try it today. @user287001 where did you get my portrait photo? lol
    – A R
    Mar 16, 2021 at 22:25
  • User Billy Kerr inserted a link to a case where he shows a working way to create a plausible reflection from so long distance that it presents nothing identifiable. Check it at first.
    – user82991
    Mar 16, 2021 at 22:55

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Answer: Reflections

A first approach

The second image is an illustration. If we want to keep the Illustration look I would just add "flat" reflections. A shape with gradient transparency.

Different shapes will suggest different volumes.

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More complex reflections

Take one photo suitable to be a reflection and deform it with some spherize effect, then put it over your image with some blending mode, like add.

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Try to add a suitable background and integrate them with a shadow.

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I dimed the circle a bit, to integrate it more to the muddy background.

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The Real deal

The truth is that a real 3D program can make things more realistic. You can add real lights for reflections.

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Add an image as a reflection

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Add a background

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Or change the shape of the 3D object.

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Here is a simple setup. (A) Volume with glass material and a circle with your texture.

(B) an image as a light emission as a reflection

(C) A background.

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Here is a close-up of the 3D object (a short cylinder with some rounded bevel) and the glass material.

As I want only reflections, not refractions, it is mostly a glossy and transparent material.

It is made in Blender.

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An edition.

This is very lazy work. I should have edited the image for the reflection, making it more contrasted. Probably something like this. I only noticed it when I posted the images. (the same with the background)

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https://pixabay.com/es/photos/ventana-mujer-por-la-ma%C3%B1ana-ni%C3%B1a-1148929/


Adding the background in the post, not in the render will give you more control to integrate the image with curves. (the floating shadow is not a shadow but a misalignment on the "glass 3D object with the object with your design... still a lazy work)

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https://pixabay.com/es/photos/dormitorio-armario-cama-habitaci%C3%B3n-1872196/

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    Wow. You're so good at this.
    – Vikas
    Mar 18, 2021 at 12:34
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    I am very impressed with your answer. What 3d program did you use in the provided example?
    – A R
    Mar 20, 2021 at 21:48
  • Blender. It is free and great.
    – Rafael
    Mar 21, 2021 at 1:14
  • I thought Blender was the name of components :) Thanks a lot!
    – A R
    Mar 21, 2021 at 2:43
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The glass effect in an image by Photoshop is a built-in facility. Hence, you can add a photoshop glass filter from the Filter>Filter Gallary>Distort>Glass.

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    Photoshop's Glass filter will not do anything similar to the example image. The question isn't about the specific word "glass". It's about the desired appearance.
    – Scott
    Mar 16, 2021 at 20:14

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