Distort some text and blend it with an image to create a dreamy illusion.
Start from scratch, or download practice files [https://adobe.ly/3mliw5s] for a head start. Steps below.
Create a displacement map:
1. Open the water bubbles image in Photoshop.
2. Desaturate the image: Choose Create new fill or adjustment layer at the bottom of the Layers panel (Window – Layers). Choose Hue/Saturation and slide the Saturation slider to the left.
Tip: Apply a Gaussian blur to create smoother edges and distortion. With the water layer selected, choose Filter – Blur and adjust the blur Radius (we used 5.0).
3. Save displacement map: Save the desaturated image as a Photoshop document (File – Save as). Give it a name to indicate it is a displacement map.
Submerge some text:
1. Back in the original water bubbles image, type a word such as DREAM. Press Return or Enter to place the text.
2. Right-click on the type layer and choose Convert to Smart Object.
3. Chose Filter – Distort – Displace. Set the Displace properties. Click OK.
4. Choose the PSD you created as your displacement map in a previous step.
5. Duplicate the bottom water layer and drag it to the top of the layers.
6. Right-click on the top water layer and choose Create Clipping Mask.
Add the finishing touches:
1. Choose Exclusion as the Blend Mode for the duplicate water layer.
2. Choose Luminosity as the Blend Mode for the type layer.
To learn more, check out our Companion Tutorial: https://adobe.ly/3bJvHIs
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