Today we will use circles in Photoshop to create awesome effects. First a look on how to use a circle pattern. After that, we’ll use Photoshop brush with a particular setting, to create a very cool bubble effect.
I recently saw a lot of cool projects with circles. Here is a few of them:
I will show how to create the first two effects. remember, this article is based on a video. You can watch it here.
Let’s start with the first image.
How to create the circles pattern
Create a new document and find your desired image. I’ll use the image:
Next, grab the ellipse tool and see how big the circles should be.
Now draw a shape while holding down shift to find the desired size.
I think the size of her head is great. Create a new layer (Ctrl+shift+alt+N) and create the circle.
And create the circle:
Now on the circle layer, let’s duplicate that layer into a new document.
Here is our new photoshop document:
Let’s trim that. Go to edit–>trim.
Let’s make a pattern out of that circle. Go to edit –> define pattern, and press ok. Close this document and go back.
Create a clean layer, and fill the layer. go to edit–>Fill.
Select the new pattern we just made, and press ok!
This my result:
Now duplicate your original image, and move it on top. Ctrl + j to duplicate.
As you can see on the image above, the circles are on a the Layer 1 – in between 2 instances of the original image.
Next, let’s create a clipping mask for the “background copy” layer. Right click on the layer, and press “Create clipping mask” This should be the result:
If you see the little arrow, everything is fine.
Now nothing has happened yet. – But if you move the top layer, you will get the desired effect!
How to create the bubble effect
Now let’s learn the other effect with circles. I think it’s a lot easier to watch how to create it, instead of writing about it. Watch the effect here – it starts on 2:46 :)