Apple Envy and Living Wisely

I have become a bit obsessed lately with the Apple effect that I call "wet table" but that goes by many names. (update: I am referring to the graphic below. Notice the reflection of the mousetrap. Apple puts that on everything and now I seem to be doing the same thing.) You can see the slide for my lesson tomorrow below. It is just one place where I decided to use it. I really think I may need to complete a 12 step program to get me away from it.



I am wrapping up "How Not to be a Fool" tomorrow night and then moving into a study on LOVE just in time for Valentine’s Day. Pastor C, I would love to have what you made to file away for the next time that I use it. Send it to me in an email would you.

Studying for this lesson I came across a great couple of verses. The Jeremiah one has been a recurring verse in my life, but the Proverbs one was fresh for me, or at least for my notice. It just feels like my heart for students. If I could give students one thing it would be the ability to make wise choices.

Jeremiah 6:16a

16 This is what the LORD says:
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.


Proverbs 2:1-6

1 My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,

2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding,

3 and if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,

4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,

5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the LORD gives wisdom,
and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

2 thoughts on “Apple Envy and Living Wisely

  • January 25, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    I’ve always loved that effect! I’ve wanted to do it…how is done??

  • January 25, 2008 at 3:42 AM

    I do it in Photoshop. Here are the steps below

    1) Open your picture
    2) Cut what you want to mirror out of the background so it is on a layer by itself
    3) Make the background color either white or black depending on the effect that you want.
    4) Duplicate the layer of your object
    5) Select one of the layers and the go to EDIT >Transform>flip vertical
    6) Drag that layer below the other one in the approximate place that you would like the shadow to fall
    7) Create a mask on the bottom layer
    8) Open the gradient tool
    9) Hit x to flip the foreground and background colors (so that white is in the front and black is in the back)
    10) Drag a gradient over the bottom image to create the masked fade.
    11) adjust the gradient and the position as necessary


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