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Create Dispersion Disintegration Effect in Photoshop

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Tutorials Photo Effects 10926 Views February 14th, 2017

Learn how to create dispersion effect in Photoshop using this free action. You can create endless dispersion disintegration photo effects using the dispersion brushes included in this pack.

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dispersion effect in photoshop with free action

Open an Image in Photoshop

First let's create a new PSD file, 72 dpi, RGB color mode and max size of around 1500px. Open an image in Photoshop. For this tutorial I will use this Girl in Red Dress stock image, but you can use any image you like. Call this layer Original Image. If you have a background layer please delete it; the image layer has to be the only layer in your PSD file.

girl in red dress free stock image

Photoshop Dispersion Effect Action Free Download

To create the dispersion effect in Photoshop we will use a easy dispersion action. So download this Photoshop Dispersion Effect Action for free. Right clik on the "dispersion-action-by-psddude.zip" and choose Extract Files. Inside you will find 2 files that you have to load in Photoshop.

  • Photoshop Action File "DISPERSION-by-PSDDUDE.atn". To load the action in Photoshop go to Window > Actions and choose Load Actions.
  • Photoshop Patterns File "scatter.pat". To load the patterns in Photoshop go to Edit > Preset Manager, choose Preset Type > Patterns and click Load.
  • Photoshop Brushes File "dispersion-brushes-psddude.abr". To load the brushes in Photoshop go to Edit > Preset Manager, choose Preset Type > Brushes and click Load.

How to Use Dispersion Photoshop Action

Before playing the action make sure again that your PSD file is 72 dpi, RGB color mode and that you have a single layer like shown in the preview.

72 dpi RGB color mode Photoshop

Also set the Brush Tool to Normal blend mode and Opacity and Flow set to 100%.

set brush tool opacity and flow

Choose one of the two dispersion actions and click Play.

play action in photoshop

The action stops for you to paint over the area that you want to desintegrate. Use the Brush Tool to paint over some areas like shown in the preview.

photoshop action stop message resume play photoshop action

When you are done with the painting press the Play button again. Make sure you are in the "paint over the area" layer before resuming playing.

resume play action in photoshop

When the action ends you have a new Group called "disintegration by psddude", that contains multiple layers.

photoshop group

Pick the Move Tool. Keep the CTRL key pressed and click on the screen to select a layer that you want to move. Make sure you have Layer selected from the Move Tool bar. This way you can select the layers that you want to move, rotate, resize, etc. You can also duplicate some of the layers and move, rotate, resize, etc.

select layer with move tool

Also another thing that you can do is to duplicate the group. Right click on the group and choose Duplicate Group.

duplicate group in photoshop
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