What's the key to reflecting with plexi?

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What's the key to reflecting with plexi?

I'm going to be shooting some product pics for a friend (like samples of graphic design brochures). He'd like there to be a reflection of the product in the pictures, so we'll put some plexi under them.

Is the key to use a dark colour under the plexi for white brochures and light for dark brochures? Any tips for me to play with?

thanks!

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I haven't done anything like that ... I've only used white so far and it's worked well. Are you doing all dark or all lighter brochures? Because what you say makes sense about the light on dark and vice versa.

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Hmmm...you are so far ahead of me Jen, I simply don't know the answer to that.

I DO know that I get better reflection when I have better natural light coming in. When it's flat light, it sucks the reflection strait out of it.

In this picture of Hailey, the bright stuff reflected better regardless of the paper under it:

The bright stuff reflected best under the white as well:

Gosh...those pics are old!!!

Anyways, I think if his products are bright, you'd be good either way. I would think that the basic black or white would look best. Just practice before hand.

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thanks!

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where do you get plexi from?

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"klebanik" wrote:

Hmmm...you are so far ahead of me Jen, I simply don't know the answer to that.

This was my thought exactly. Along with... I don't know I just set stuff on the plexi and hope for the best!

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ahhh- but Kel, you've used plexi before so you're totally further ahead of me with that!

He has the plexi at his house but I believe that you can get it from Home Depot? I don't have any myself Smile

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I bought my plexi at Home Depot