posted on Nov, 4 2003 @ 09:23 AM
Op11. Sorry I still haven't got that tutorial up for the bubble effect. Maybe I'll try it here...
Open a new project.
Make it 300x300 pixels.
Immediately make a new layer.
Using the elliptical marquee tool (fixed aspect ratio), make a circle that fits within the _.kind of centered.
Keep it highlighted, select your color and fill.
Deselect all. Make a new layer (layers are your friend!). Using the elliptical marquee tool again (still fixed aspect ratio) make a smaller circle
within the larger one.
Make it about a third of the size of the larger, and 3 or 4 pixels from the top of the larger circle.
While still selected pick the gradient tool and select white to transparent as your fill.
Drag the gradient fill tool about 1/3 of the way down the small circle.
This will create a cool reflection effect, simulating a 3d surface.
Go back to the colored circle layer and select layer transparency (just select the circle and nothing else. While still selected, go to your newest
layer and use the gradient tool and drag it about 1/4 of the way up the circle from the bottom.
Nudge it up about 3 pixels, then gaussian blur to about 2.8 radius.
Go back to your colored circle and use the built-in layer styles (Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow..etc) and select Inner Glow, blend mode
"Multiply", color black, adjust the opacity, choke and size according to how you want it.
It should start looking a bit more 3d.
Within the colored circle, you can add text..paste any cropped photo, or basically do what you want.
When your finished customizing the circle, link and merge all layers except the background.
Use a drop shadow for the whole circle to make it stand out, and color your background how you want.
I hope this wasn't too technical for those who aren't familiar with Photoshop.
It really is not that difficult, just give yourself some time to practice and you'll be doing it like a pro in no time!