Create a new layer, select the Elliptical Marquee Tool & make an oval about a third of the width of the circle. Select the Gradient Fill Tool, set it to Foreground to Transparent & select the colour as white. Drag the cursor from top to bottom to about three quarters of the way down & fill.
Next hold down the CTRL key & click on the circle layer to select it & make a new layer. Make sure you have circle selection & the new (blank) layer selected. Go to Select, Modify & select Contract. Contract it by 2 pixels & then select the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Hold down the ALT key & make the rectangle an=bout a third from the bottom up to the top. This will cut off the top part to leave it looking like the pic below.
Select the Gradient Fill Tool, set it to Foreground to Transparent & select the colour as white. Drag the cursor from the bottom to the top of the way up the selection & fill. Select Filters, Blur, Gaussian Blur... & enter about 1.5 then go to the layer & change the Opacity to about 65%.
All you have to do now is insert your picture or icon. If you want to insert an icon open it up in GIF Movie Gear & select File, Export As, Photoshop PSD... (name your file).
Open up the icon file you've just exported to .PSD format in Photoshop & copy the 48x48 version ( CTRL & A, then CTRL & C). Switch to the bubble picture & paste it ( CTRL & V).
It'll probably be too big so go to Edit, Transform, Scale. & reduce the size to about 65% (depends on the icon/image). Then change the opacity of the layer to about 65%. Make sure the layer is below the 2 white highlight layers.
Repeat the steps with the other icon sizes you want to make, (e.g. 48x48, 32x32, 16x16) until you have all the Photoshop icon sizes you want. Save each icon size as a separate file.
Then close Photoshop.
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