13 Step by Step Dispersion Effect Tutorial in Photoshop
Do you want this effect on your photos? If you want to learn this technique, I’m gonna show you 13 step by step dispersion effect tutorial in Photoshop. If you follow these steps, later you will get awesome results in which you can be proud of and you can post it on your social media or wherever you want, whenever you want!
If you wanna use the image and the brush that I’m using, you can download it here:
So let’s start!
1. Crop the Model
The first thing to do is to select the ‘Quick Selection Tool’ so we could trace the model, but with this image that I am using, I didn’t trace the model but instead I trace the plain background because it’s easier to select. After completing the selection just right click and then choose ‘select Inverse’. As you can see, you have selected the model now so the next thing you gotta do is add a layer mask by clicking the ‘Add Layer Mask’ button located below the layer tab.
3. Make a Background for your Model and Effects
Press CTRL + N to create a new page for your background so you can put the model and effects on it later. Name it Dispersion and then type 1920 for the width and 1080 for the Height – it should be in pixels and change the resolution to 300. Also, change the background contents to Transparent and then press ok.
4. Fill your Background with Gradient
Now, click the ‘Create New Fill or Adjustment Layer’ located below the layer’s tab and then select ‘Gradient’, now you can see a Gradient Fill box opened and then click on the rectangular gradient box and select the black and white fill then double click on the left ‘Color Stop and change its color from black to gray, you can type #363636 to achieve the same gray I am using and on the right ‘Color stop’ change the white color to light gray or #bcbbbd, then press ok and now you’re back to Gradient Fill box don’t press ok yet because we have to change a few things here. For the ‘Gradient Fill’ box, click the drop-down for ‘Style’ and select ‘Radial’. Next thing to do is change the angle to 0 and check the ‘Reverse’ box.
5. Move the Model to the Gradient Background
Go to your model layer and Select the ‘Move Tool’ then drag and drop the model image to the Gradient Background.
6. Position the Model
Click on the zoom Tool then right click and select zoom out so it will be easier to resize the Model image. Then press ‘CTRL + T’ and hold ‘Shift’ on your keyboard while you decrease the size to maintain the proportion. Make sure to fit it properly and then move it a little bit on the left side so you’ll have a space for dispersion effects later.
7. Duplicate the Model Layer
So after positioning it, right click on the layer mask then simply select ‘apply layer mask’ and then rename it to ‘Model’ then press CTRL+ J on your keyboard to duplicate the layer and rename the duplicate layer to “dispersion”
8. Add a Layer Mask to the Model Layer
So let’s create a layer mask on the model layer but first make sure your foreground color is set to black and then just hold alt on your keyboard while you click the “add layer mask” button to create a layer mask so we can liquify it.
9. Liquify the Model Layer
Select the model layer and press SHIFT + CTRL + X to get into liquify window then press W on your keyboard to select the Forward Warp Tool and then start pulling from the right side of the model to the edges, make sure you don’t include the face. Keep on clicking and dragging till you get the black result like the image, cuz we don’t wanna use the white for the effects later.
10. Add a Layer Mask on the ‘Dispersion’ Layer
Select the ‘Dispersion’ layer and then click the ‘add layer mask’ button.
11. Load the Explosion Brush
Select the brush tool and then right click and press the setting button located at the upper right side of the box and select Load brushes to load the explosion brush that you just downloaded from this site. Then select the 1731 brush but you can also use any of them depending on what you like.
12. Brush off the Right Side of the Model
Before anything else, make sure you are selecting the Dispersion layer mask and your foreground color is set to Black then open the Brush window by pressing F5 on your keyboard or press ‘Window’ located at the upper part then select ‘Brush and you can adjust the angle of the brush so you can make a random stroke while you brush on our subject and try to soften the edges of the right side of the model to achieve the dispersion look.
13. Create a Dispersion Effect
Select the ‘Model’ layer mask and make sure your foreground color is ‘White’ then select the same explosion brush and load the Brush window again and this time reverse the angle by making it -150 degree and make the brush smaller or bigger just depending on your taste and then brush off from the right side of the model towards the background and you can see that you pulled off a dispersion effect after brushing off bits by bits the layer you liquified earlier.
So that’s it! Were you able to pull off the Dispersion effect through this tutorial? I hope you achieved the dispersion effect that you want for your picture using this tutorial! You might also wanna check this cool 17 Step by Step Double Exposure Effect Tutorial in Photoshop article, enjoy!