This is a nice easy method to create the illusion of a magnifying glass which you can lay over any background you like.
The finished design will look like this :
Cut out the image and resize it to suit your image, the tutorial image will be created at 400px square.
Next, get your background image and resize it down – we will be using a larger version for the magnified part so its important to resize it down :
Now create a new layer and past a larger version of your background image on to it :
Using the circular selection tool, draw a circle the rough shape of the magnifying glass lense :
Now, go to select > transform selection, this will put handles to resize your circular selection :
Resize the selection and get it as close to the edges of the magnifying glass rim as you can.
Hit enter > make sure the large background image is selected, then select > inverse selection > press delete.
You should now have something like this :
With that layer still selected, right click on it in the layer window and select blending options.
Give it an inner shadow with these settings :
Now give it a stroke of 6 pixels :
Select the magnifying glass layer and give it a drop shadow to make it look more realistic :
Your image should now be looking like this :
Next we will add a slight reflection, create a new layer, draw a circle like this and fill it white :
Select the layer below, select > inverse and press delete, you should now have :
Select the white reflection layer and right click to go into blending options, change the settings to overlay :
Once this is done, you should now have this as your finished image :
You can also download the psd
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