Creating Real Looking Soap Bubbles

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Actually, you can find a lot of tutorials how to make soap bubbles, but in this Photoshop tutorial I would like to demonstrate you unique and effective technique of doing it. This tutorial can be done by novice also.

In the beginning I would like to find some picture where we will create our soap bubbles effect. I think this one will be good. Open up the picture and create a new layer above the canvas. Then create round selection with Elliptical Marquee Tool and fill it with white color.

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After that use Select > Modify > Contract and contract selected area about 1 pixel, then press Delete button to clear selection.

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Ok, then create a new one layer and apply Edit > Stroke with following presets:

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Now you have something like this:

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Remove selection with Ctrl+D and apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur using setting similar to these:

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After that press Ctrl+T and reduce current layer size about 93% horizontal and vertical.

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Ok, process the soap bubble creating. Create a new layer again. After that select the Brush Toll and a soft round brush about 125 pixels to add two blurred white spots on the bubble.

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Now, using the Elliptical Marquee Tool create selection similar to the bubble size and fill it with grey (#969696) color.

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After that apply Filter > Pixelate > Color Halftone and set up following values.

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Now we have something like picture what you can see below:

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Apply Blur > Filter > Spherize:

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See the difference now:

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After that use one more Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set up the next parameters.

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The result should be next:

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Ok, now mess with the layer mode & opacity/fill. I tried Overlay with a fill of 20%. After that create a new layer and fill it with white to transparent gradient just a little bit!

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Remove selection with Ctrl+D and merge all soap bubble layers in one. Then blur new layer just a little bit with Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur:

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Set up layer mode as Overlay again. Ok, now use Ctrl+T to reduce the bubble as much as you want.

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Bring more different size copies to the canvas. It looks really nice as for me now.

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I’m sorry, but we are done for now. Enjoy your own real looking nice soap bubbles!

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7 Responses

  1. Activehuman says:

    A very nice tutorial….

  2. mami77 says:

    thank you
    it’s very nice tutorial i like it

  3. Mrs. Coll says:

    When you spherize – it was Filter>Distort>Spherize.

  4. Neta says:

    That was fun :) thank you.

  5. karl says:

    so if i wanna do multiple bubbles i need to re do the process over and over again or is there a way i can do it all in one go?

  6. silvana says:

    Hi I really like your tutorials, i believe that they are the best (so far).
    I am a beginner and i find them very easy to access.
    I hope that you will do more.

  7. nuttycake says:

    When I try to Merge Layers the Layer with all the colour does not merge at its proper blended % it takes over and tries to merge much brighter so i had to leave it as a separate layer and link it to keep making more bubbles is there a trick to it?