Pixel Playground
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Pixel Playground

with Bert Monroy

Video: Making bubbles: Using the Brush tool

- What we're going to do today is to create a series of bubbles. Lots of bubbles like you would find say in a sparkling water. Tons and tons of tiny little bubbles. Now, to do this and to do it quickly, all we're gonna do is create a brush. A brush tip that's gonna be made up of little bubbles. So what we're going to do is right here, blank screen, I'm gonna create a layer. And the reason I'm gonna do the brush in a layer is because of the fact that we're going to apply some layer styles to it. Now normally if you're creating some kind of a tip, it doesn't matter to be in a layer because anything you stroke will be fine, and the white will be automatically transparent.
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  1. 5m 51s
    1. Making bubbles: Adding highlights NEW
      5m 51s
  2. 18m 41s
    1. Colorizing black-and-white sketches
      11m 18s
    2. Making bubbles: Using the Brush tool
      7m 23s
  3. 37m 52s
    1. Easter basket: Adding a bow and the eggs
      10m 26s
    2. Placing lettering on plastic
      10m 5s
    3. Using brushes to create a twisted pair of wires in Illustrator
      6m 4s
    4. Creating an Art Deco bistro sign
      11m 17s
  4. 34m 37s
    1. St. Patrick's Day card: Creating a shamrock and a pot of gold
      9m 13s
    2. St. Patrick's Day card: Adding the details
      8m 13s
    3. Creating a 3D Easter egg
      7m 38s
    4. Easter basket: Creating the basket
      9m 33s
  5. 36m 43s
    1. Making a piece of candy: Adding the jelly filling
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a Valentine's Day card
      10m 10s
    3. Turning a daytime scene into night
      8m 24s
    4. Using Photoshop's Displace filter to create a waving flag
      7m 18s
  6. 45m 43s
    1. Using the Photoshop Flame Generator
      6m 53s
    2. Creating a mountain scene
      8m 24s
    3. Creating reflections in water
      6m 8s
    4. Making a diamond-encrusted type
      12m 11s
    5. Making a piece of candy: Creating the chocolate base
      12m 7s
  7. 27m 47s
    1. Mapping video onto a 3D object in Photoshop
      5m 50s
    2. Creating a wintery scene
      7m 36s
    3. Making a New Year's 2015 card
      14m 21s
  8. 33m 21s
    1. Three Dimensional type with extruded neon: Making the letter forms
      12m 29s
    2. 3D type with extruded neon: Adding the neon
      11m 48s
    3. Creating a Thanksgiving card
      9m 4s
  9. 47m 25s
    1. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Building the star field
      9m 23s
    2. Creating a galaxy with Photoshop: Adding color and effects
      10m 19s
    3. Creating a campfire scene: Adding the campfire
      12m 34s
    4. Creating a campfire scene: Adding trees and lighting
      8m 3s
    5. Creating a superhero type treatment
      7m 6s
  10. 46m 32s
    1. Making a desk nameplate
      12m 6s
    2. Illustrating a campfire from scratch
      9m 35s
    3. Creating realistic stains on bathroom tile
      9m 9s
    4. Creating a distressed windowsill from scratch
      15m 42s
  11. 45m 16s
    1. Increasing precipitation: How to make a rainy-day photo look rainier
      9m 34s
    2. Retouching techniques: Improving a picnic scene
      9m 28s
    3. Retouching techniques: Moving an object in a scene
      9m 29s
    4. Retouching techniques: Improving a real estate photo
      8m 53s
    5. Adding a billboard to a photo
      7m 52s
  12. 28m 56s
    1. Making a book: Perspective
      9m 53s
    2. Making a book: Adding pages
      9m 27s
    3. Using paths and layer styles to create logo text
      9m 36s
  13. 42m 42s
    1. Theater curtain: Animating a rising curtain
      7m 23s
    2. Creating a chalkboard
      12m 48s
    3. Creating a manila envelope
      12m 50s
    4. Turning a regular donut into a jelly donut
      9m 41s
  14. 48m 47s
    1. Creating net fabric for a veil
      15m 39s
    2. Animating a spotlight against a brick wall
      7m 1s
    3. Damen Station: Using Blend in Illustrator to create intricate details
      4m 34s
    4. Theater curtain: Making a braid and tassels
      9m 53s
    5. Theater curtain: Creating the curtain
      11m 40s
  15. 34m 22s
    1. Oyster Bar: Creating a canvas texture
      7m 53s
    2. Creating realistic reflections and shadows
      11m 0s
    3. Creating water droplets on a surface
      7m 42s
    4. Wrapping a pattern around a 3D wine goblet
      7m 47s
  16. 29m 7s
    1. Damen Station: Creating realistic rust
      6m 56s
    2. Oyster Bar: Creating puddles
      6m 15s
    3. Oyster Bar: Creating asphalt and concrete textures
      5m 3s
    4. Oyster Bar: Creating a manhole cover
      10m 53s
  17. 38m 48s
    1. Magazine cover: Creating a lamp
      13m 57s
    2. Magazine cover: Creating a wood floor
      13m 29s
    3. Damen Station: Adding multiple train cars
      5m 26s
    4. Damen Station: Creating bolts
      5m 56s
  18. 36m 9s
    1. Red truck: Creating a headlight
      7m 17s
    2. Red truck: Creating chrome headlight trim
      7m 37s
    3. Red truck: Creating realistic metal perforations
      7m 5s
    4. Red truck: Creating wear on metal
      6m 18s
    5. Magazine cover: Using perspective to draw a room
      7m 52s
  19. 31m 44s
    1. Oakland Theater: Creating lightbulbs
      15m 33s
    2. Changing photo contents with Auto-Align Layers
      6m 36s
    3. Creating a metal grill
      9m 35s
  20. 47m 14s
    1. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding details
      10m 49s
    2. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: Adding a third dimension
      10m 10s
    3. Oakland Theater: Creating stone walls
      14m 11s
    4. Oakland Theater: Creating neon
      12m 4s
  21. 40m 9s
    1. Animating a 3D starfield
      7m 6s
    2. Creating an antique pub sign using Photoshop
      13m 1s
    3. Creating a custom brush to draw hair
      7m 57s
    4. Charms and medallions in Photoshop: First steps
      12m 5s
  22. 21m 8s
    1. Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo
      4m 19s
    2. Body shaping with Puppet Warp
      4m 1s
    3. Type effects in Photoshop: Pillow
      6m 46s
    4. Type effects in Photoshop: Clouds
      6m 2s
  23. 42m 37s
    1. Recreating magazine clippings
      7m 31s
    2. Creating realistic scales for a dragon tattoo
      6m 27s
    3. Creating spikes for a dragon tattoo
      10m 35s
    4. Creating the belly for a dragon tattoo
      10m 55s
    5. Creating a flower tattoo
      7m 9s
  24. 29m 24s
    1. Creating a custom brush
      7m 28s
    2. Using displacement maps to create shadows
      7m 27s
    3. Enhancing a landscape by adding a lake
      6m 37s
    4. Creating a dog tag
      7m 52s
  25. 23m 36s
    1. Creating animated snowfall with Photoshop
      6m 39s
    2. Filling an empty glass with liquid
      2m 51s
    3. Using an alpha channel to create a 3D object
      6m 53s
    4. Creating a 3D coin
      7m 13s

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14h 34m Intermediate Jun 07, 2013 Updated May 08, 2015

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Take a 10-minute recess every week and join Bert Monroy in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, the playgrounds of digital artists. Every Friday Bert walks through a fun, self-contained project that tests your skills and challenges the imagination. These programs aren't just image editors; they are sandboxes for creativity and experimentation. Take a spin through a carousel of tools and get reinspired, each and every week.

Subjects:
Design Photography
Software:
Illustrator Photoshop
Author:
Bert Monroy

Making bubbles: Using the Brush tool

- What we're going to do today is to create a series of bubbles. Lots of bubbles like you would find say in a sparkling water. Tons and tons of tiny little bubbles. Now, to do this and to do it quickly, all we're gonna do is create a brush. A brush tip that's gonna be made up of little bubbles. So what we're going to do is right here, blank screen, I'm gonna create a layer. And the reason I'm gonna do the brush in a layer is because of the fact that we're going to apply some layer styles to it. Now normally if you're creating some kind of a tip, it doesn't matter to be in a layer because anything you stroke will be fine, and the white will be automatically transparent.

But in this particular case we're gonna do layer styles, so for those you need to have a layer. So I'm gonna go in there and call this Bubble. Just a single Bubble right there. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to use my elliptical selection tool, and holding on my Option button to draw from the center out, and the Shift to constrain it to a perfect circle, I'm gonna draw a circle like that. Now go ahead and fill it with this black. I have black there, so I'm gonna go ahead and fill it with Foreground Color at 100%, click OK.

So now I can deselect it. So there's my little black circle. Now what I'm going to do is I do want to see through it, the bubbles are transparent so you can see through them, so I'm gonna reduce the fill opacity. Bring the fill opacity down so it's a nice kind of a light gray, about like that. That looks good. You might say "Why didn't you just do the opacity?" Well, because it affected the layer styles that are what's gonna give this bubble its life, its depth, and the opacity will reduce the opacity for everything including the layer styles, whereas the fill opacity reduces the opacity for just the original pixels, which in this case are the black and they became a gray.

Any new pixels that are generated for the layer styles will remain at 100% 'cause the overall opacity is still 100%. So now I'm gonna go in there and apply some layer styles. So I double-click on the layer to bring up the Layer Style window. Keep in mind that a brush tip is going to be whatever color you choose, but there will be no colors within that tip. Only the areas that are black will be opaque, and anything other than black will be transparent based on that value, so if you use red inside your brush tip, well, it's gonna appear as gray when you actually use that brush.

And there won't be a red and a gray there'll just be a gray. So if you use a red brush, then there'll be variances of red. Okay, so you'll see that in a second. I'm gonna go in here and I'm gonna give it a little Inner Glow. That'll be the first one I do. And I don't want this to be a yellow, I want it to be a black, so I'm gonna click on that, and bring the color to black, Now it disappeared because of the fact that, since it's a glow, you notice the mode is set to Screen, so if I change that to that of a shadow, which is Multiply, there's our little tone on the edge.

So I'm gonna increase that a little bit, about like that, see? It's given some little edge to it. Then I'm going to give it a little Inner Shadow. A little Inner Shadow, which I want it to come from this side here, I want it bigger on the bottom. And I'm gonna increase the distance on it a bit and soften it up. Just to soften it up, just a bit like that. You could even make it a little bigger, about like that. There you go, and now we have our nice little dark edge. And let's bring that distance up just a little bit more. There.

Click OK. And we have the basis for our Bubble. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go in and select it, doesn't matter how you select it because as long as it's within the selection, and remember that white will be transparent. And I go up here and I say Define Brush. There it is. And we'll call it Bubble. Okay, so now that we have our bubble, we can turn that layer off. Let's deselect it. And let's just say we're dealing with a glass of beer, ok? So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna select the background here, and let's get a color for it.

So I'm gonna go in there and we'll pick a nice color for our beer. Let's say we pick this nice orangy-yellow right there. And I'm gonna go ahead and create a new layer, I'm gonna fill that layer with that color. There it is. So now in a new layer, this layer is gonna be the bubbles. And this layer will be called the Liquid. Okay, gotta get used to the concept of saving the names for these things so you'll find them easy.

So I'm gonna go in here and use that yellow, but use a slightly darker version of it. About like that. Click OK. And we get our paint brush. And right now it's going to do that, see? Just created one nice little bubble. So if I go like this, it gives me a nice little streak. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go into my brush engine right here, into the brush engine, I'm going to increase the spacing on those little bubbles, see? Give it some more spacing. And we'll bring the size down. Bring the size way down here, so they start to get a little smaller.

There we go. That's a nice size for our bubbles. And I'm gonna go in there and start to apply a little shape dynamics. I want the size to jitter. I want different sizes for my bubbles. And I want to set up a minimum so they don't get too small, bring it up to about 15%. So the smallest one will be about 15% of the largest one. Angles, we don't play with that one. It's not necessary, they're just plain circles. Same thing with roundness. Gonna leave it as-is. But I will go into scattering. And in scattering I'm gonna say on both axes, let's scatter them a little bit.

There we go. Now we might wanna increase the space, and let's just do a quick test here. And there we can see what our bubbles are starting to look like. Actually, that's not bad. We'll leave it just as-is. Let's undo that. And we're in that layer for our liquid. And I'm gonna go in here and start to draw all my little bubbles that are just floating around in this liquid here, see? What I could do would be to create another layer behind and, you notice that I put it in the wrong layer. I was supposed to do them here. No problem, so we just go back here and we just reduce all the, bring it back to the name change, and go into that layer.

And that's the beauty of history is that you can always go back there and erase your mistakes. So there they go. Now if you wanna give this a little depth, you can create another layer right behind it, let's just throw some bubbles right in here. Another layer right behind it, and bring down the opacity for the brush. I'll reduce the opacity for the brush to say maybe a 40%, and I can throw some bubbles back there. And you can see that it starts to get some depth going through it. Let's just concentrate on these guys for now. So now we see that we have our little bubbles.

So what I'm going to do now is I'm gonna go in there and have to add a little bit of a highlight. Now, I can't have a extra highlight in these bubbles, so we're going to do that totally in a separate technique. Now it's gonna take a little longer, so we're gonna leave that one 'til next week. So what's gonna happen next week is gonna add a little highlight on these little bubbles, which is gonna make them appear to reflect the light source from somewhere outside of our little glass.

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