Master one of the most popular special effects in Photoshop! Follow along with the included sample image and 6 custom brushes to learn how to create your own dispersion effect from scratch.
Special Effects from Scratch
FROM PLANNING TO COMPLETION
How to Make a Dispersion Effect in Photoshop
Special effects are a great way to help tell a story in a photo. Whether you’re just looking for some Photoshop fun or you need a new dynamic look for your professional work, we walk you through the process of creating a realistic dispersion effect.
7 Custom Photoshop Brushes Included!
To create this effect we photographed rocks and dirt being thrown in the air and then converted those images into unique custom brushes. Combining the photographed details and textures with the control of Photoshop’s Brush Settings, these custom brushes create beautiful particle effects with subtle, natural variations.
Realistic Special Effects
Special effects are fun, but it can be tough to get them right. We not only show you how to create one of the most popular effects out there, we show you how to pull it off using techniques that help it look like it was all captured in-camera.
ADD LIGHTING & DIMENSION
Learn how to use Layer Effects like Bevel and Emboss to add shape and dimension. Create realistic highlight and shadow details to help the dispersion particles look like they were photographed in the same scene as the subject. Then learn even more about Layer Effects in How to Master Layer Styles in Photoshop.
Highlight, Shadow & Color
Learn how to use light and color to add realistic depth and dimension to special effects in Photoshop! We show you powerful techniques that will allow you to analyze the light and color in a scene and then apply the same look to any elements you paint in.
Noise & Grain
When you finish any effect or image composite, the use of noise and grain can help bring all the different elements together into a single, seamless image. Learn how to apply just the right amount of noise and grain for the perfect photorealistic effect.
Realistic Dispersion & Particle Effects
REALISTIC DISPERSION & REFLECTIONS
Special Effects from Scratch
You don’t need 50 different photos and bunch of complicated tools and assets to create stunning special effects in Photoshop. Learn how to take a single stock photo and create your own special effect brushes to bring your imagination to life.
We break down professional techniques that will help you create ultra-realistic effects in Photoshop. Adding effects to your Photoshop skillset can act as both an inspiration for generating new ideas and help you be more versatile when doing specialized work for clients.
Motion & Energy
Dispersion effects are great for any scene where you want to emphasize motion, emotion, or energy. Watch as we apply our dispersion effect, paying close attention to the pose and motion of our subject. Then take your storytelling skills to the next level with The Beginner’s Guide to Levitation
Not only do we include 6 custom Photoshop brushes, we also walk you through the process of making them from scratch! So the next time you need a particular style of brush or texture, you’ll know how to make it yourself.
Effects for any Photo
Once you’re done with the tutorial, try creating a dispersion effect on one of your own photos! Use your new set of detailed custom brushes and your fresh new Photoshop skills to create your own unique effect.
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
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