Introduction: Dispersion Effect | GIMP | Photoshop Alternative

Hi Everyone, Here I'm gonna show you How to create a Dispersion/ Disintegration/ Pixel explosion Effect using the Open Source Software called GNU Image Manipulation Program. I already posted a Video about this topic on YouTube

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Step 1: Open an Image

  • Open GIMP after Downloading and Installing it.
  • Drag and Drop the Image into it

Step 2: Draw the Path Around the Subject Using Path Tool

  • Select Path Tool
  • Draw the path around the Subject

Step 3: Make the Path Into Selection

  • Right Click inside the Image
  • Select - From path

Step 4: Cut the Selection

  • Ctrl + X = Cut the Selection

Step 5: Paste As New Layer

  • Go to Edit - Paste as - New Layer

Step 6: Create a New White Layer for Background

  • Click the New Layer icon
  • Select White and Click OK
  • And Delete the Previous Background Layer

Step 7: Move the Subject Layer to the Extreme Left or Right

  • Move the Subject Layer to the Left or Right according to your Dispersion Effect using Move Tool
  • Then Make the Layer to Image Size

That's it. now you create a disintegration effect with free software.

For more details. Watch the Video

Step 8: Duplicate the Subject Layer

  • Duplicate the Subject Layer
  • Place it in between the Subject Layer and Background Layer
  • Name it as Warp layer

Step 9: Go to Filter - Distorts - IWarp

  • Make the warp layer Active
  • Go to Filter - Distorts - IWarp

Step 10: With Move Tool Distort the Image

  • In IWarp Select Move
  • Then move the preview image to distort it
  • Then Click OK

Step 11: Adding Layer Mask

  • Add Layer Mask with Black for Warp Layer
  • Add Layer Mask with White for Subject Layer

Step 12: Select Paint Brush Tool

  • Select Paint Brush Tool from the Tool Bar

Step 13: Choose Any Splatter Brush

  • Choose any Splatter Brush
  • Here I choose Splats 01

Step 14: Brush the Edges in Subject Layer Mask With Black As the Foreground Color to Remove the Edges

  • Make Black as the Foreground Color
  • Make the Subject's Layer Mask active
  • Brush the Edges to remove it

Step 15: Make the Foreground Color As White

  • Make the FG Color as White
  • Then Make the Warp Layer's Layer Mask Active

Step 16: Brush in the Region to Get the Distorted Image Back in Warp Layer's Layer Mask

  • Brush it over the Region in Warp Layer's Layer Mask
  • And Make it look like Disintegrated