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  • Duplicate the background layer. CTRL + J.

  • Hide the top layer.

  • Select the Background layer.

  • Select the Lasso Tool. (L)

  • Select around the model, like so.

  • Once you're done. Right click - Fill.

  • Contents: Content-Aware. Then hit OK.

  • CTRL + D to de-select.

  • Make our top layer visible again.

  • Select the top layer as well.

  • Select the Quick Selection Tool. (W)

  • Select the entire model, like so.

  • Head up and click on Select and Mask.

  • Select Refine Edge, if you're using a different version of Photoshop.

  • Refine Edge Brush Tool

  • Start off by only selecting the models hair.

  • Output to: Layer Mask.

  • Then hit OK.

  • The model is now on a separate background.

  • Duplicate the top layer. CTRL + J.

  • Right click on the mask - Apply Layer Mask.

  • Hide the middle layer. (Layer 1)

  • I am going to rename this layer to "Dispersion Effect"

  • Duplicate it once more. CTRL + J.

  • I am going to rename this new layer to "Man"

  • Select the Dispersion layer.

  • Head up to Filter - Liquify.

  • Make sure the Forward Warp Tool is selected.

  • Warp the model like so.

  • This is going to determine the size of the dispersion effect.

  • Take your time! I will speed this part up, to save you some time!

  • When you're done. Hit OK.

  • Hold ALT While clicking on mask. (Fill mask with black)

  • Select the "Man" layer.

  • Then select mask at the bottom.

  • Make sure your foreground color is set to black.

  • Select the Brush Tool. (B)

  • Select a dispersion brush.

  • I will select this one for now. You can choose anyone you'd like to use.

  • Open up the Brush Panel.

  • Start adding the effect, like so.

  • Rotate your brush frequently.

  • Increase Brush ] | Decrease Brush [

  • I am going to select another brush. So it doesn't look like a pattern.

  • Start adding the effect once again.

  • I will speed this part up, since it's time consuming.

  • Once you're happy with the effect. Select the Dispersion mask.

  • Make sure your foreground color is set to white.

  • Lets start adding the second step to the dispersion effect.

  • Be sure to take your time!

  • Rotate your brush frequently.

  • Shortcuts: Increase Brush ] | Decrease Brush [

  • CTRL + Z to undo.

  • I will speed this part up once again.

  • Start adding larger particles.

  • Starting to look great!

  • I am going to do some clean-up.

  • Select the top mask. Man.

  • Make sure your foreground color is set to white.

  • Select a small brush with soft edges.

  • Zoom in using your Zoom Tool. (Z)

  • Start masking out unnecessary parts.

  • Once again, take your time.

  • CTRL + 0 to zoom back out.

  • That's starting to look good!

  • I am going to add a broken glass texture.

  • Select your Move Tool. (V) Then drag and drop onto our project.

  • Lets change the Blending Mode to Screen.

  • I am going to rename this layer to "Cracks"

  • CTRL + T to select the cracked texture.

  • Hold ALT + SHIFT while dragging a corner inwards.

  • Position the cracked texture in the center of the mans glass lens.

  • Continue positioning and centering as needed.

  • Select your Zoom Tool and zoom in. (Z)

  • Head down and select Mask.

  • Make sure you're using a small brush.

  • Your foreground color should be set to black.

  • Start masking out Start masking out unnecessary parts or the glass.

  • CTRL + 0 to zoom back out.

  • Create a new adjustment layer - Select Gradient Map.

  • Select the Gradient Presets.

  • Select a nice gradient for this part.

  • Download my free gradient pack. Link in the description.

  • Hit OK when you're done.

  • Then hit close.

  • Bring down the opacity level to about 20%.

  • As you can see, gradients look great!

  • Some of the dispersion effect looks a little dull. I will sharpen it up.

  • CTRL + SHIFT + ALT + E - This will merge all visible layers.

  • Lets rename this layer to "Sharpen"

  • Right click - Convert to Smart Object.

  • Head up to Filter - Sharpen -Unsharp Mask.

  • I am going to set the Amount to 60%.

  • Then hit OK.

  • And that is it! I really hope you liked this tutorial! :)

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Dispersion Effect: Photoshop Tutorial

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    vincent posted on 2017/06/24
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