I have shown two ways to make a bubble reflection ... the part in green is for PS 3 and lower
Here's what I made:
The bubble brush I used in the tutorial is this one (the first bubble in the set): [link] ~elestrial
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The 3D menu is only available on Photoshop CS4 Extended edition (and above?) ... so I added another method to make up for that. Now you have 3 methods to create the start of the reflection: 3D Sphere (blue); Liquify: Bloat (green) and Warp (purple).
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You saved me the time and trouble, thanks a lot.
By the way, your reflection bubbles are very beautiful.
Thank you for taking the time to do this!
and i have photoshop cs6
Hopefully it works as well for you as it did for me
SAI is more of a digital art kind of program, whereas PS can be both (but you'd have to get yourself some brushes for blending ). SAI is probably better for digital paintings, but if you want to do Photomanipuatory effects such as this, PS is your friend.
The best I can say is that if you can use a bubble brush ... then try this without the bloating, warping or 3D. I did that initially when I tried bubbles but if you catch a reflection with a horizontal line it has got to be dead centre in your reflection ... bubbles will curve the horizontal line if it's not dead centre
If you're trying to reflect people or trees or a recognizable shape ... try putting the opacity to 25% or 30% ... then it won't be as noticeable but you will still have the reflection