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Create Bubbles with Relections in Photoshop

Here is a image tutorial I create to help people learn to create bubble with reflections.

1. Copy a square image section from an image in which you desire to make into a reflection.
2. create a new image and paste the square image into it.
3. using the filters, go into distort and select polar coordinates, make sure you select rectangular to polar and click okay.
You will notice your image is distorted to a circular shape. you can make more of a bubble bulge by going back into distort and selecting spherize.
4. Duplicate this distorted image on a new layer.
5. make the background layer, solid black or grey, so you can see the next step as you work on the bubble.
6. using the layer mask tool, paint a transparency into the distorted image, making see through areas for your bubble.
7. create a new layer and paint your light reflections and highlights on the bubble to create dimension.
8. Merge all the laters except the background. you want to keep your transparency and if you merge everything you will lose it.
9. Delete the background image and save your bubble image with a transparent background.
10. Now you can copy and past or input your bubble into whatever image you are working on that you want to add bubbles with reflections.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and it helps you to create new and fun work.

Bryan Crump
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SwanArt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
great tutorial! I would make the refraction transparent tho.
thebryancrump Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
How would you suggest? example?
SwanArt Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Make it transparent to the point you almost don't see it other wise it looks as though a bunch of disfigured girls are trapped in bubbles.
Innfhinithydesigns Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
many thanks for the tut!!
thebryancrump Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are very welcome. Need to get some new ones done. 
FuckingGremlin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you saved my life with that tutorial <3
thank you so much!
thebryancrump Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
glad to be of help
Zedna7 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
used your tutorial in this: [link]

thanks again for sharing, it was fun to use it :dance:
Zedna7 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
had seen this tutorial a while ago and always wanted to make something with it.
now, as I was about to use it, I couldn't understand why it's not in my tutorial favorit folder ^^;
I'll post a link soon with what I've used it to :dance: thanks for sharing
Udderlyewe Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Love it, thnx!
FotoHEathmo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
YAY! I hope to use this one day. great tip!
thebryancrump Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Feel free to share the tutorial with friends and I would love to see what you create once you get it down.
FotoHEathmo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
yeah def!!!!!! I'm just getting a house together that i moved into. once i get my office all together i'll be able to do some work agin. Can't wait to use this!
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