Hey everyone. Today I am going to create a dispersion effect on a horse with dramatic color effects in Photoshop CC.

Learn how to use a custom brush, combine stock photo, adjustment layers, masking and blending.

In the final step I used the Nik collection – Color efek pro filter effect to produce a beautiful dramatic color.

Through this tutorial I hope you can find tips and tricks that will add knowledge in Photoshop.

The dispersion effect is a great way to add a bit of drama and flair to your images – and once you understand the basics, you can get as creative as you want


Step: 1

Open your image in Photoshop and duplicate the layer (Alt + J or Command + J on Mac).

Next, hide the new layer by clicking on the Eye icon.

Step: 2

Select the original layer and use the Quick Selection tool to draw around the subject.

Step: 3

Create a new layer for background & give gradient too it.

Step: 4

With the layer selected, go to the Filter option in the top menu bar and choose “Liquify”.

Step: 5

Using the Forward Warp tool (first option on left), drag out the area of the image you want to see dispersed.

You can increase or decrease the radius of the brush using the square brackets on your keyboard. Use the left bracket “[” to decrease the radius and the right bracket “]” to increase the radius.

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The degree of distortion you apply will form the distance of the dispersion or disintegration in your final image. In other words, distort it as intensely.

Once you’re happy, click OK.

Step: 6

Next, with your Dispersion layer selected, hold Alt (or Option for Mac) on your keyboard and click on the Mask button at the bottom of the Layers panel. This masks or hides the layer.

The Mask button is the rectangle with a circle within it.

Step: 7

Select the “Foreground” layer in the Layers panel and click Mask without holding down Alt (or Option).

You should see that your Dispersion layer has a black mask, while the Foreground layer has a white mask. The former is a Hide Mask, while the latter is a Reveal Mask.

Step: 8

With your Foreground mask selected, click on the Brush tool and choose a dispersion brush from the Brush panel.

Make sure the foreground colour of the brush is set to black when on the “Foreground” layer as this is what blocks out (that is “masks”) bits of the selected layer. Start blotting out parts of the image.

Play with the brush size, type and rotation of the brush so the dispersed bits don’t look like a pattern.

Step: 9

From the Filter menu at the top, choose Sharpen, and then Unsharp Mask.

Step: 10

I am using nik collection for filter (download from here). you can use filter menu as well.

Step: 11

This was our final result.

Just Follow the dispersion effect on horse tutorial to watch this video.

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