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#1 pophiri

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 04:38 AM

If are looking for a bit of light drawing, try these bubbles. (level fairly easy)

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Plugins used
Madjik's plugin pack (Nebulous, Random lines) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21592
Boltbait's plugin pack (Lomography) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=22819
Ed Harvey's plugin pack (Insideout, Lens) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=26244
pyrochild's plugin pack (Smudge, Random Shape fill) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21706

Step 1
Open new file, (800 x 600 fine) and colour background black.

Step 2
create the basic design
In a new layer, fill with effects-texture-nebulous
Settings at or near default positions

Step 3
Personalise your bubble with bright random graphics.
Here are some ideas
effects-render-random lines, 25 lines, thickness max 4, min 1,
Random Colours, random alpha chanel, clamp lines to boarder, anti aliasing.
effects-render-random shape fill, circles, Number 30, max size 30, min size 6,
RGB, use transparency, antialias
effects-distort-smudge, use four or five bold strokes

You should now have something like this.

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Step 4
Create the bubble
effect-photo-lomography, exposure about -10
effect-distort-insideout
effect-distort-lens, setting about 9 but adjust for each bubble (gives a more 3d look).

This is the basic bubble

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Step 5
Create some highlights.
select the bubble ( :MagicWandTool: transparent area then ctrl I to invert selection)
create new layer
using white brush, size about 20, draw a half moon top, smaller half moon bottom
effect-blurs-Gausian blur, radius 50
adjust layer opacity to approx 150 (layers menu :Properties: )
deselect bubble and you are finished.

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#2 yy10

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:35 AM

Nice! but I don't like how the inside of the bubble looks.
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#3 Boude

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:49 PM

Simple, yet effective (why didn't I think of this, oh right I never smudge)
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#4 McyD

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

nice i did one but messed up so ill put it later.
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#5 pophiri

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:44 AM

Simple, yet effective (why didn't I think of this, oh right I never smudge)


@boude not all the bubbles at the top use smudge. The trick to these bubbles is really the use of lomographyto alter the basic image before forming the ball. The same system can be used to create marbles, using various initial textures and the hue slider to brighten the colours.

@McyD, I look forward to seeing your finished bubbles.

@yy10, playing with your original settings changes the way the center looks, but you will always get a focal point using insideout. There are other ways to create the round shape (still using nebulous and lomography) but it requires far more work to get a respectable bubble, too much for a tutorial.
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#6 Possum Roadkill

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:55 PM

I'm really glad you wrote a tut for this. This is a great effect and has potential for other orb like objects. The combination of the lomography, inside out, and lens is brilliance ! Thanks for a great tut and effect. I can't wait to try this on other backgrounds.

http://i396.photobuc...Art/Bubbles.png

Edited by Possum Roadkill, 04 February 2011 - 02:51 AM.

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#7 pophiri

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 04:38 AM

If are looking for a bit of light drawing, try these bubbles. (level fairly easy)

Posted Image

Plugins used
Madjik's plugin pack (Nebulous, Random lines) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21592
Boltbait's plugin pack (Lomography) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=22819
Ed Harvey's plugin pack (Insideout, Lens) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=26244
pyrochild's plugin pack (Smudge, Random Shape fill) viewtopic.php?f=16&t=21706

Step 1
Open new file, (800 x 600 fine) and colour background black.

Step 2
create the basic design
In a new layer, fill with effects-texture-nebulous
Settings at or near default positions

Step 3
Personalise your bubble with bright random graphics.
Here are some ideas
effects-render-random lines, 25 lines, thickness max 4, min 1,
Random Colours, random alpha chanel, clamp lines to boarder, anti aliasing.
effects-render-random shape fill, circles, Number 30, max size 30, min size 6,
RGB, use transparency, antialias
effects-distort-smudge, use four or five bold strokes

You should now have something like this.

Posted Image

Step 4
Create the bubble
effect-photo-lomography, exposure about -10
effect-distort-insideout
effect-distort-lens, setting about 9 but adjust for each bubble (gives a more 3d look).

This is the basic bubble

Posted Image

Step 5
Create some highlights.
select the bubble ( :MagicWandTool: transparent area then ctrl I to invert selection)
create new layer
using white brush, size about 20, draw a half moon top, smaller half moon bottom
effect-blurs-Gausian blur, radius 50
adjust layer opacity to approx 150 (layers menu :Properties: )
deselect bubble and you are finished.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 08:35 AM

Nice! but I don't like how the inside of the bubble looks.
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#9 Boude

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 06:49 PM

Simple, yet effective (why didn't I think of this, oh right I never smudge)
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#10 McyD

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 10:38 PM

nice i did one but messed up so ill put it later.
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#11 pophiri

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 03:44 AM

Simple, yet effective (why didn't I think of this, oh right I never smudge)


@boude not all the bubbles at the top use smudge. The trick to these bubbles is really the use of lomographyto alter the basic image before forming the ball. The same system can be used to create marbles, using various initial textures and the hue slider to brighten the colours.

@McyD, I look forward to seeing your finished bubbles.

@yy10, playing with your original settings changes the way the center looks, but you will always get a focal point using insideout. There are other ways to create the round shape (still using nebulous and lomography) but it requires far more work to get a respectable bubble, too much for a tutorial.
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#12 Possum Roadkill

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Posted 09 June 2009 - 11:55 PM

I'm really glad you wrote a tut for this. This is a great effect and has potential for other orb like objects. The combination of the lomography, inside out, and lens is brilliance ! Thanks for a great tut and effect. I can't wait to try this on other backgrounds.

http://i396.photobuc...Art/Bubbles.png

Edited by Possum Roadkill, 04 February 2011 - 02:53 AM.

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