Photoshop Tutorial – How to Make a Dispersion Effect in Photoshop

Now, we are going to discover a quick Photoshop Tutorial on how to make a dispersion effect in Photoshop. Making a dispersion effect to an image is an image editing skill to create an image seems to slowly begin to disappear like dust grain in the wind. In other words, as its name, a dispersion effect is also meaning to edit a particular part of an object in an image starts to spread partially.

There are many techniques and variations about how to make a dispersion effect in Photoshop. However, this quick Photoshop Tutorial is going to discover a basic Photoshop trick to make a dispersion effect. You may develop your own creativity in forming a dispersion pattern in Photoshop.

Read also: How to make animated GIF in Photoshop.

How to Make a Dispersion Effect in Photoshop

1. Open an Image in Photoshop

First of all, choose an image from your computer that you are going to give a dispersion effect, and then open it in your Photoshop. In this tutorial, I use cute little witch with a broomstick from a photographer named Yuganov Konstantin.

Image credit: Yuganov Konstantin/

2. Object Selection on the Image

In the second step, you are going to make a selection to the object on your image using Magic Wand Tool (W). Magic Wand Tool is best to use if the object has a clear boundary. Instead, you can also use the Magnetic Lasso Tool if the Magic Wand Tool does not select the right boundary of the object.

Make an object selection in Photoshop using Magic Wand Tool or Magnetic Losso Tool.

3. Copy the Selected Object and Paste to Two New Layers

You need to make two new layers, and then paste the selected object to each of the new layers by using a quick function of Photoshop Ctrl+J. In this stage, the two layers are still the same.

Duplicate layer in Photoshop using quick function Ctrl+J

4. Add a Vector Mask to Each layer

To add a vector mask to each layer, you can do it by simply clicking on the Add vector mask button next to the fx button under your layers panel.

Add a vector mask to each of the layers by clicking a rectangular button next to the fx button under the layers panel.

5. Pull a Part of the Object on the Layer

To pull the object on the layer, you can use Forward Warp Tool. Press Shift+Ctrl+X simultaneously and then pull a particular part of the object until you get wide of dispersion effect as you want.

Pull some sides of the object in a layer by pressing Shift+Ctrl+X.

6. Change the Color of One of the Vector Mask

Give black color to one of the vector masks. Use Paint Busket Tool (G) to change the color. Take a look at the preview below to see how to change the color of a vector mask.

Give black to the vector mask of a layer using Paint Bucket Tool.

7. Brush a Particular Area on the Black Vector Mask

In this step, you are going to brush certain area that you would like to give dispersion effect using Brush tool (B). Use white color to brush the black vector mask. When you sweep the brush tool, the dispersion effect will appear. Take a look at the preview below how to choose a brush effect. You can freely choosing the one that you like.

Brush a particular area on a vector mask

8. Brush a Particular Area on the White Vector Mask

Now, move your work to the layer’s vector that has a white color. In this step, you do the same thing as the step number seven, but here you need to brush using black color. When you sweep the Brush tool, some small areas will disappear. Below is an image with a dispersion effect of my version.

The Dispersion Effect in Photoshop

After following this quick Photoshop tutorial, you should have a dispersion effect on your image. That’s a quick Photoshop tutorial on how to make a dispersion effect in Photoshop using a basic dispersion effect technique. Finally, for a better result, you can improve your creativity by adding some image editing works to your image.

Photoshop Tutorial – How to Make a Dispersion Effect in Photoshop was last modified: January 9th, 2017 by