Chapter 1 | Introduction
  • 01 - What You'll Learn
    1:49m
Chapter 2 | Creating the Dispersion Effect
  • 01 - Custom Brushes
    25:24m
  • 02 - Painting the Particles
    49:40m
  • 03 - Bevel and Emboss
    30:59m
  • 04 - Creating the Reflection
    23:49m
  • 05 - Finishing Touches
    14:37m

How to Create a Dispersion Effect in Photoshop

  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Length
    2.5 hours
  • Videos
    6
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Description

The definitive guide to one of the most popular special effects in Photoshop, follow along as we create a photo-realistic dispersion effect from scratch.

Best of all, we include 6 custom Photoshop Brushes that you can use to create your own splatter, particle and dispersion effects on your own photos!

THIS COURSE INCLUDES

  • 1 Sample Images
  • 1 Sample PSD
  • 6 Photoshop Brushes

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REALISTIC DISPERSION EFFECTS

Create Stunning Photoshop Effects


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

phlearn dispersion effect

phlearn dispersion effect

FROM PLANNING TO COMPLETION

ORIGINAL PLAN

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.

6 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.

phlearn dispersion effect

phlearn dispersion effect

ADD LIGHTING & DIMENSION

ORIGINAL

Layer Effects

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

phlearn dispersion effect

phlearn dispersion effect

REALISTIC DISPERSION & REFLECTIONS

ORIGINAL

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.

Professional Results

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

phlearn dispersion effect

PAINT PARTICLE & DISPERSION EFFECTS

6 BRUSHES INCLUDED!

Dispersion, Particle & Splatter Effects

We designed these brushes to work for a wide variety of special effects. Download and add our brushes to your creative toolkit and then try our PRO tutorial The Amazing Power of the Brush Tool in Photoshop to learn even more!

Create Custom Brushes

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.

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace

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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