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Bubble Reflection Tutorial by FireFlyExposed Bubble Reflection Tutorial by FireFlyExposed
I couldn't find a tutorial on how to do convincing bubbles with proper reflections ... so I thought I should share how I did mine

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

This tutorial was painstakingly and lovingly made by me! You do not have permission to post it on other websites without my permission ... you are however free to use the "share" buttons to pin and tweet and stuff this tut.

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EDIT 01:
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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Bubble Reflection Tutorial by *FireFlyExposed is a very useful tutorial on making unique bubbles for your work. ( Featured by Elandria )
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KiraSaintclair Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's simply amazing Oo
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww thank you :D
Hope it is useful
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:iconkirasaintclair:
KiraSaintclair Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is^^
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XxAnimeLov3rxXCredit Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous ~! Thank you so much for the help! 
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you

and you are very welcome :)
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DarkForceLeader Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist

You saved me the time and trouble, thanks a lot.

By the way, your reflection bubbles are very beautiful.

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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww ... thank you very much :aww:
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:icondarkforceleader:
DarkForceLeader Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure.
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:iconcoderspriter:
CoderSpriter Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Awesome tutorial!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much
:aww:
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:iconcoderspriter:
CoderSpriter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
  No problem! 
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:icondarkdragon774:
DarkDragon774 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic, epic tutorial!!

Thank you for taking the time to do this!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D hope you can use it
Thank you
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:iconchengmonkol:
Chengmonkol Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
WOooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww!!!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
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:iconlolotaha:
lolotaha Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
but the 3d menu does not   show in menus
and i have photoshop cs6
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the 3D menu is in the extended addition.
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:iconlolotaha:
lolotaha Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
thank you
i will try to download it
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:iconbeshep:
beshep Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Greatgreat tut!! thx :)))
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much :blush:
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:iconleeaves:
Leeaves Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that's really awesome- it helped me a LOT!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great :D
I'm really glad it helped
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thejaguar1 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Love it. I love how your tuts teach me step by step. God Bless and More Power!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much for your comment! It's fantastic to hear that this is easy enough to understand.
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:iconzephyrift:
Zephyrift Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Artist
Cool! I'm still learning the BASICS or PhotoShop however!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm ... photoshop is surprisingly easy to use. If you need help with this tutorial, just not me :)
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:iconzephyrift:
Zephyrift Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student Artist
Ahh. Thank you!
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:iconkiyotomidori:
KiyotoMidori Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
it's impossible. thanks : D
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:O_o: Impossible?
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smsgraphics Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Brilliant! I had been wondering about reflections for some time in making more realistic bubbles or glass orbs. You've given me something to go on. Thanks! :)
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome ... brilliant when someone can use it :D
Hopefully it works as well for you as it did for me :D
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calavel Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, not sure if I'll use but will save and play around - thanks so much!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: maybe one day you will want to make bubbles ... then you will think *OOOH ... I remember that bubble tutorial on dA!*
:giggle:
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covert15 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is AWESOME!
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :D
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:iconcovert15:
covert15 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY! :iconslipperyhugplz:
and OMG you have a $! I never saw that before ... YAY, congrats!
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namenotrequired Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Hehe, thank you! :hug: I have an internship :D
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tricky9cats Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic tutorial, will definitely try it, thank you:)
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much ... and you're welcome :D
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:iconkirsui:
Kirsui Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! This tutorial looks extremely useful! :D
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :happybounce:
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MrBagelbottom Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa! That is one really cool effect! Thanks for making this. :iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconfireflyexposed:
FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :blush:
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Coffee-vee Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
..sooo can this be like....welll is there a SAI tutorial for this that ya got? o3o
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I use both and in my opinion SAI isn't really what one should use in Photomanipulation.
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.
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FireFlyExposed Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry ... I don't know SAI at all

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
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Coffee-vee Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o3o.....greeaat...well thanks anyways ^^;
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Cylir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
SAI can't warp or do any of those fancy effects, sadly
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