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How to Create a Bubble Brush in Photoshop

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial, you will learn how to create a bubble brush in Photoshop. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create the brush, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.

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What You Will Learn in This Bubble Brush Photoshop Tutorial

  • How to create brushes from scratch in Photoshop
  • How to create a bubble Photoshop brush
  • How to adjust brush settings in Photoshop
  • How to apply brushes to a photo

What You'll Need

To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:

1. How to Start Creating a Bubble Photoshop Brush

First, create a new file. To create a new file, go to File > New and set the Width and Height to 2500 px and the Resolution to 72 px/in.

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2. How to Create a Bubble Photoshop Brush

Step 1

In this section, we are going to create a bubble brush Photoshop add-on. Go to Layer > New > Layer to create a new layer and name it Bubble.

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Step 2

Now choose the Ellipse Tool (U), click anywhere inside the canvas to create a new ellipse shape layer, and set the Width and Height to 1000 px. Then, set the Fill Solid Color to No Color, Stroke Solid Color to #4c4c4c, and Stroke Width to 20 px. After that, center this layer both vertically and horizontally on the canvas.

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Step 3

Right-click on this layer and choose Blending Options. Then, select and check the Outer Glow style and use the settings below:

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Step 4

Now go to Layer > Layer Style > Create Layer to create a new layer using the layer style of the current layer.

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Step 5

Select the Bubble's Outer Glow layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. Then, press Control-E to merge this new layer with the one below.

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Step 6

Now go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 5 px.

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Step 7

Control-click on the Bubble layer thumbnail to make a selection of this layer. Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection to add a layer mask that reveals the selected area of the layer.

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Step 8

Now select the Bubble layer, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient Fill to create a new gradient fill adjustment layer, name it Reflection_1, and use the settings below:

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Step 9

Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, using the Move Tool (V), click and drag anywhere inside the canvas to position the gradient fill as shown below.

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Step 10

Now Right-click on this layer and choose Rasterize Layer to rasterize it. Then, Alt-click on the layer mask of the Bubble's Outer Glow layer and drag it over the layer mask of the Reflection_1 layer to replace it.

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Step 11

Select the Bubble layer, go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Gradient Fill to create a new gradient fill adjustment layer, name it Reflection_2, and use the settings below:

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Step 12

Now Right-click on this layer and choose Rasterize Layer to rasterize it. Then, press Control-A on your keyboard to make a selection of the canvas, choose the Move Tool (V), and click on Align Bottom Edges to align this layer vertically. After that, go to Filter > Distort > Pinch and set the Amount to -100%.

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Step 13

Position this layer with the coordinates X: 1250.5 px and Y: 1587.5 px. Then, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 10 px.

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Step 14

Now Alt-click on the layer mask of the Reflection_1 layer and drag it over the layer mask of the Reflection_2 layer to replace it. After that, change the Opacity of this layer to 80%.

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Step 15

Select the thumbnail of the Reflection_1 layer, go to Edit > Define Brush to define this shape as a brush, and name it Temp.

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Step 16

Now press B on your keyboard, Right-click anywhere inside the canvas, select the Temp brush, and hit Enter. Then go to Window > Brush and, in the Brush window, use the settings below:

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Step 17

To define this brush with new settings as a new brush, click on the top-right icon in the bottom-right corner of the Brush panel, and name it Bubble Brush.

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3. How to Apply Your Bubble Brush to a Photo

Step 1

In this section, we are going to apply the bubble brush to a photo.

First, open the photo that you want to work with by going to File > Open, choosing your photo, and clicking Open. Then, press Control-Shift-N on your keyboard to create a new layer, choose the Brush Tool (B), pick the Bubble Brush brush, set the foreground color to #ffffff, and brush over your photo. Feel free to use a different brush size and settings. After that, name this layer Bubbles.

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Step 2

Now change the Blending Mode of this layer to Overlay. Then, press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer. After that, change the Blending Mode of this new layer to Normal and the Opacity to 50%, and name it Bubbles_Intensity.

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Step 3

Select the Bubbles layer and press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate it. Then, drag this new layer just below the Bubbles layer in the Layers panel. After that, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur and set the Radius to 5 px, and change the Blending Mode of this layer to Linear Dodge (Add), set the Opacity to 50%, and name it Bubbles_Glow.

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You Made It!

Congratulations, you have succeeded! You've learned how to create a bubble brush in Photoshop. Here is our final result:

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5 Best Bubble Photoshop Brushes and Actions

Want to see some of the best bubble Photoshop brushes and actions? Check out this list from Envato Elements. Enjoy incredible items, from bubble brushes to bubble dispersion actions and more!

50 Bubble Photoshop Brushes (ABR)

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Whether you need to add bubbles as photo overlays, build photo manipulations, or create visual effects, this realistic bubble brush Photoshop set has got you covered!

50 Water Drops Photoshop Brushes (ABR)

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Here's another cool set of brushes that includes 50 Photoshop brushes. These brushes will work with Photoshop versions from CS2 to the latest CC versions.

Soap Bubbles Photoshop Action (ATN, PSD, PDF)

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Make your text or logo bubbled with this Photoshop action! The action will create a realistic bubbles effect in no time and is suitable for both big and small text and logos!

Bubbles Photoshop Action (ABR, ATN, TXT)

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Give your photos the water bubble brush Photoshop effect with this action. You can change the water color and brightness, and you don't need to be skilled with Photoshop to use it. Also, you get a different result every time you run the action!

Water Photoshop Action (ATN, ABR)

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Simply fill in your subject with a color and play the action—that's how easy it is to use this product. There are three different water actions included, each containing a unique set of ten high-resolution splashes!

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