Year two 027 - faux bubble by willowdragon

Year two 027 - faux bubble

Word today was "bubble"
We have no minus temperatures to try that wonderful freezing bubble shot ..... so ..... I thought I would have another play on elements and see if I could come up with anything even remotely similar.
This shot actually started out as a photograph of my Christmas cactus.
I polarized it from polar to rectangle and then rotated it 180 degrees. I then inverted the image to get the "ice".
I polarized it again from rectangle to polar which gave me the "bubble".
I duplicated the image and cut out the "bubble" and made it smaller.
I went back to the original image and used the gradient map to set the background (played about a lot!)
I then went back to the bubble layer and placed it at the top.
Played about with the opacity of both layers until I was happy.
Saved the image and then uploaded it in Ribbet.
Put a frost frame on and added an overlay of one of the space textures.
Brought the image back into elements and added my frame and signature .... and voila! my faux bubble!
Guess I learnt more than I thought yesterday doing the flame cat!

Three good things today:
1. We don't have temperatures in the minus like some of you!
2. We don't have thick snow and ice like some of you!! (am clutching at straws here!)
3. I have managed to creat an ice bubble! without any tutorial :)))))
Hahaha may have been easier to fly to canada, blow a bubble, take a shot and fly back! Seriously hats off to you, a lot of time and trouble and fab shot at the end of it!
January 8th, 2014  
Very creative- @lucy - haha,funny comment :)
January 8th, 2014  
I feel quite weak reading all that techy stuff! I go through phases with Adobe, and have got a bit of a love/hate relationship with it! I much prefer the immediacy of Ribbet or Befunky and, at a puch, Photomatix! As Lucy said though, hats off to you, and a great image to show for it!
January 8th, 2014  
Very creative with/and a beautiful result.
January 8th, 2014  
i can see a mouse in your faaux bubble Al :)
January 8th, 2014  
Very creative, love the colour of your faux bubble
January 8th, 2014  
really beautiful, Al! great color!
January 8th, 2014  
Great work,Al!
January 8th, 2014  
Very creative and worth all the trouble,
Loving the shapes in your faux bubble.
January 8th, 2014  
Very clever - wonderful work.
January 8th, 2014  
Very cool!!
January 9th, 2014  
Despite the fact that your explanation seems like a foreign language, I LOVE this!!! How very creative! Love the feathery icy bits on the edge.
January 9th, 2014  
Well I thought this was a frozen bubble shot before reading all those processes you went through. Very clever, so much work and really effective. Well done xx
January 9th, 2014  
awesome!!! Love it!
January 10th, 2014  
@lucypics @joemuli @jackie8 @pyrrhula @phil_howcroft @craftymeg @jessca646 @mzzhope @dulciknit @tremerryn @nicoleterheide @gillg @psychographer @monkeykid

You are all far too kind!!! this was more of a play than anything else ..... a good way of trying out different things. I was also aware that there are some new people on 365 so I thought a full run down of what I did may be interesting! but yes ..... it would have been quicker to fly to Canada!!! lol :)
January 15th, 2014  
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