Last week, I posted a Deke’s Techniques showing how to reflect text in water. Since then a bunch of my buddies at lynda.com have been reporting back sightings of the technique in action. (Whether the creators of these effects actually got the idea from me is very much in question.) One particularly unfortunate example has crossed my inbox so many times I figured I should just post it.
There’s some conjecture about whether this “mistake” (printed last Sunday in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) was accidental or not. One can’t help but wonder if this wasn’t the last act of a disgruntled designer. (In which case, it’s genius!) But a few tips on how you might avoid such imaging gaffs in your work-a-day life, should you choose to do so:
- Avoid lowercase letters. They are a recipe for reflection disaster.
- Don’t sink the letters into the water so you lose the distinction around the stems. A reflected u will not look like an H if its ass is out of the water.
- What is with the baselines? Why does this text have baselines?
- Reduce the opacity of the reflection. Or, if you’re feeling especially attentive, make some minimal effort to match any of the natural reflectivity in the scene.
- At the very least, avoid distracting attention from your hilariously scatological text effect by arbitrarily elongating the opposing arm of your model so she looks like an alien stick insect.
- As a layout artist, refrain from placing a Victoria’s Secret fluff piece next to an advice article about an abusive spouse. Liquified alien-armed models tend to have a pernicious effect on vituperative boyfriends. As a rule of thumb, they should not reside in neighboring columns.
If you have any more advice, by all means, share.