How to Create a Water Reflection Effect on Your Photo

by Nicole .

I'll teach you how to add a reflection effect to your photo, add snow or rain, or even animate this kind of effect from still to video easily. Also see my other iPhoneography Snapguides for more tips.


  • iOS device
  • Color Lake app
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    I'll teach you to make a very realistic looking reflection effect to your photos. You can also add snow or rain too. There are both free and paid versions of the app. App is called "Color Lake."

    Step 2

    Here's a sample of a plain photo with the reflection added.

    Step 3

    First you will have to download the app. The free version is great for starters to decide if you like it or not. The down side is it won't save high resolution images.

    Step 4

    The paid version costs $2, but you can save in high res. OR make an animated reflection or add animated snow or rain on your image and save as a video.

    Step 5

    Here is rain added.

    Step 6

    Here is snow added. For more realistic snow or rain you might not want to use a photo in a sunny spot.

    Step 7

    Once you've opened the app and selected your pic., you make adjustments in the toolbar menu. The height extension seems to be the most important to adjusting so you don't lose part of your image.

    Step 8

    When you are done, you have lots of sharing options. You can also edit further in other apps, but if you are doing animation, you must do this first. I almost always use multiple apps. to edit.

    Step 9

    Here I've sent the photo to the Modern Grunge app. for further editing to get the grunge look.

    Step 10

    Here's a sample animated reflection turned into a video clip. I left the ad at the end just for this one, but you can trim this off in the editing tools on your device.

    Step 11

    Here's a photo that was edited first in Photo Wizard by adding a pretty color gradient.

    Step 12

    To trim off the ad in the video version, I opened from my camera roll, and cut it off easily.

    Step 13

    Here's a short animation I trimmed. Note, you can only make the videos in the full version of the Color Lake app. You can also adjust the ripple size or rain or snowflake size.

    Step 14

    Here's one where I added snow. Popsicolor, Juxtaposer, and Adobe Ideas were also used to edit this one.

    Step 15

    Have fun! Let me know if you have any questions, and for more tips and tricks, find me @magrelacanela on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr or see my other Snapguides.