Create a reflective bubble: Photoshop tutorial

I’m not one for lengthy tutorials if I can avoid it. I have followed many a tutorial in the past and slavishly followed every subtle colour change, every minor layer palette setting, etc, and spent hours striving to achieve the same result as the OP. I prefer quick results which can be customised to your heart’s content, to the nth degree… at your leisure.

I’ve pared the steps down to their bare minimum and still achieved a good looking reflective bubble. What do you think?

You can find my tutorial on how to create reflective bubbles in Photoshop here. Reflective PS Bubbles Tutorial

Create a Gradient ‘Slinky’ effect with Illustrator

The effect above is a simple and quick one to create using Illustrator.

All you need is an ellipse, a gradient and the Transform Effect tool. I don’t have the latest version of Illustrator but know the Transform Effect tool is available in CS6 and earlier. Hopefully, whatever version you’re using, you’ll be able to follow the tutorial and have fun with it.

You can download the free tutorial here:

Create a gradient slinky in Illustrator

A papercut F design

Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all in Ireland.

The red design above is one I’ve been working on in Illustrator for a little while. Adding bits, deleting bits, tweaking, smoothing and checking in outline mode. The usual. As ever, I skip the Shapebuilder tool as it gets progressively slower the more it’s used till it becomes a pain and incurs the potential ‘Illustrator program is no longer responding’ threat. The way I add while still being able to keep cut outs (see the tip of the butterfly’s wing in the letter F) is a different method altogether. I wrote a quick Illustrator tutorial to explain it here. It is never as easy as it looks to weld everything together, keep clear definition of the elements and still ensure that the papercut will come away in one piece. Luckily, it cut perfectly, all in one piece as you can see in the top photo. Happy head.

C here

Here is the latest design finally all cut out. The paper is 180 gsm, acid-free, cartridge paper from Canson. Luckily everything held together and I didn’t have to re-do it all. I don’t think I’d have had the energy. I’ve been busy most of the weekend with decorating and sanding down furniture in preparation for a coat of paint. I think I might be spray painting an old table then tiling the top to go with the fire surround (This old house). Since that previous photo, the wallpaper has been stripped off and the wall has been painted a soft-sheen eggshell antique cream. It has a magical serene quality to it.

Anyway, nothing left to C here, lol. Enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

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