Are you compositing these bubbles over a live action shot? If you have access to a video camera and an old fish tank or any glass tank you can fill with water, I'd highly reccomend shooting live action bubbles and compositing them over your footage. Here's an example of a stop-motion film made by a friend of mine that I think it has some incredible practical cloud tank effects that were shot live and composited in After Effects using simple blending modes and masks:
However, if you're going for a motion graphics aesthetic try playing with the Foam effect:
thanks for you bubbly help all
The foam example has nice lighting BenMarkus, and nice examples of bubbles on Mylenium site.
I've ended up tweaking a preset in particular, setting the z wind to about minus 250 and setting custom particle using sprite.
Its ok for now, but for close ups, I may end up creating something in 3ds max if I have time, or getting some stock footage.
I'm trying to create bubbles using the foam effect in AE. I can't get the Bubble Texture under rendering to change. Any texture I select the bubbles stay an outline blue. Anyone know how I can get them to change?
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Have you read through here?
My guess would be that under the effect parameters your view controls are set to Draft but I am not near a PC to test it.
Your guess was correct, View was set to Draft. I changed it to Rendered and that solved my problem. Thanks so much!