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Give your designs a lift with light and airy soap bubbles

Inside Photoshop

by Amy Palermo

Photographing soap bubbles is challenging because you can’t control precisely where your bubbles will float, and you can’t always capture those swirling highlights of color. Also, you might want to add a specific quantity of bubbles to a pre-existing photo. No worries! We’ll show you how you can add custom soap bubbles-like the ones shown in Figure A-to any design, in just a few easy steps.

Figure A:
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Shape and form a bubble

You can create bubbles on any photo, but if you want to follow along with our example, download the file bubbles.zip from the URL given at the beginning of this article, and extract the file daisy.tif.

If you examine a soap bubble closely, even though the bubble is clear, you can still see colors swirling around. The colors eventually dissipate, changing to black, right before the bubble meets its final fate-popping! To create a realistic bubble, we’ll start with the bubble’s primary physical characteristics: its spherical shape and swirling color. We’ll use the Elliptical Marquee tool to create a selection, and then use a few filters to define that form and color.

To create a round bubble and colorize it:

  1. Click on the Create A New Layer button at the[…]
 

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