How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create an ashes and embers dispersion effect on any photo.At the end of the tutorial, you’ll have an action which will automate the entire process with a single click.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop
I’ll try to explain everythingin much detail so that everyone can follow along, even if this is your first time with Photoshop.

The action we’ll be creating is part of the Ashes n Embers Photoshop Action. If you’d like to buy it, you can head over toGraphicRiverand visitAshes n Embers Photoshop Action.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

The complete action has the following additional features:

  • Four dispersion directions: Right, Left, Up and Down.
  • Ability to change the ember glow colour.
  • Original background is reconstructed and visible through the dispersed main subject.
  • Ten preset colour looks and additional colour adjustments.
  • Additional dispersion elements are also included.

Here, we’ll only create the dispersion effect towards the right and apply the default colour look.

What You’ll Need

The following resources are needed during the tutorial:

1.How to Set Up Your Document

Step 1

First, open the photo on which you want to work. To open your photo, go toFile > Open…, choose your photo, and clickOpen. Now, before we get started, we need to check a few things:

  1. Your photo should be inRGB Colormode and8 Bits/Channel. To check this, go toImage > Mode.
  2. Your photo should be theBackgroundlayer. If it is not, go toLayer > New > Background from Layer.
  3. Click the fly-out list of theLayerspanel and clickPanel Options….Make sureAdd “copy” to Copied Layers and Groupsis checked.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

The effect works best with images of size 3500–4000 px high. If your image is smaller, increase it by going toImage > Image Size. You can always reduce it to your original size after the effect has been applied.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

We are going to create a dispersion effect in the right direction, so we need to expand the canvas on the right in order tohave more space for the effect. Go toImage > Canvas Size, select Anchoron leftand enter Width: 4500 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe PhotoshopHow to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

2.How to Load the Brushes

Step 1

Go to Edit > Presets > Preset Manager…In the Preset Managerwindow, select Preset Type: Brushes and click Load…

Browse and select theAshes n Embers Brushes.atnfile that came with the downloadable attachment. Then, click Done.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Press B on the keyboard to select the Brush Tool. Make sure both Opacity and Flow are set to 100%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

3.How to Make the Effect Area Layers

Step 1

Go toLayer > New > Layer…to add a new layer above theBackground layer. Name the new layersubject.

Now, make a selection around your main subject. It can be done in various ways. For example, you can create a selection of your subject using thePen Tool (P),Magic Wand Tool (W),Lasso Tool (L)or some other tool, and then just go toEdit > Fill…to fill the selection with anycolour. Or you can choose theBrush Tool (B)and brush over your photo using a Hard Round brush.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Again, go toLayer > New > Layer…to add a new layer above thesubject layer. Name the new layerarea.

Now, select a Hard Roundbrush and with any colour brush over the area where you want to apply the effect.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

4.How to Start Recording the Action

Step 1

Now, let’s start preparing the base for our action. We’ll put it in a separate set for easier management.

Go toWindow > Actionsor pressF9on the keyboard to open up theActionspanel. Then, click theCreate new seticon, name the setAshesn Embers, and clickOK. We’ll place the action inside this set.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Click theCreate new actionicon and name itAshesn EmbersAction.

ClickRecordto start recording all the subsequent steps in Photoshop.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

From this point onwards, everything you do will be recorded, so please be careful and keep an eye on theActionspanel. If you make a mistake, click theStop playing/recordingicon, and delete the unnecessary step from theAshes n Embersaction. Then click theBegin recordingicon again to continue.The last thing you’d want is to have a messy action filled with unwanted steps.

5.How to Create the Background

Step 1

Select the Background layer, and hide the subject and area layers by toggling the eyeball icons off.

Then, press D on the keyboard to reset swatches.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Layer > Duplicate Layer…, name it Base,and click OK. PressControl-GorCommand-Gto add it in a group. Then, go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename the groupAshes n Embers. We’ll add all our further layers into this group to keep everything organised.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select the Base layer, and go to Layer > New Fill Layer > Solid Color…. Name itBG Base Color, enter the hex colour code#bebebe, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select the subject layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels. Then select the Base layer and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto copy the selection into a new layer.

Go toLayer > Rename Layer…, rename itBase Subject, and drag it above the BG Base Colorlayer.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Now, select the area layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels. Then select theBase Subjectlayer and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto copy the selection into a new layer.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename ittemp_trail.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

6.How to Create the Dispersion Guide Layers

Step 1

With the temp_trail layer selected, go to Filter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter the values Angle: 0°, Distance: 20 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_trail copy layer.KeepReference point locationatLeft, andenterWidth: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then go toFilter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter these valuesAngle: 0°,Distance: 50 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_trail copy 2layer.KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 110%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then, go toFilter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter the valuesAngle: 0°,Distance: 130 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_trail copy 3layer.KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then, go toFilter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter the valuesAngle: 0°,Distance: 220 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_trail copy 4layer.KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then, go toFilter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter the valuesAngle: 0°,Distance: 280 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate the layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_trail copy 5layer.KeepReference point locationatLeft, andenterWidth: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then, go toFilter > Blur >Motion Blur…and enter the valuesAngle: 0°,Distance: 280 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Select the temp_trail layer, then hold Shiftand select the temp_trail copy 5 layer. PressControl-GorCommand-Gto add the layers into a new group.

Go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename the group asdispersion_trail_guide.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

By now, your image should like this.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the group. Go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename the group asdispersion_patch_guide. Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the group.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Allto add a layer mask to thedispersion_patch_guidelayer.

Press D on the keyboard to reset swatches, and go to Filter > Render > Clouds.

Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold…and enter Threshold Level: 128.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Hide thedispersion_trail_guidegroup by toggling the eyeball icon off.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now, your image should like this:

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Then, hide thedispersion_patch_guidelayer by toggling theeyeballicon off.

7.How to Create the Ashes

Step 1

Select the area layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

Then, select the Base Subject layer and press Control-J or Command-J to copy the selection into a new layer. Go to Layer > Rename Layer…and rename the layer as temp_particles.

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and enter Radius: 3 Pixels.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Right-click on the temp_particles layer and select Blending Options….

Then, select Color Overlay and select colour Black #000000, Blend Mode: Normal and Opacity: 90%. Click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Right-click on the temp_particleslayer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

Press M on the keyboard to select the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Then, right-click on the image and select Make Work Path…. Enter Tolerance: 1.0 pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Allto add a black layer mask to the temp_particles layer and hide its contents.

Press B on the keyboard to select the Brush Tool. Expand the brush selector drop-down menu and select the br-ashes-particles-1 brush. Make sure both theOpacity and Flow are set to 100%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Press P on the keyboard to select the Pen Tool. Make sure the layer mask of the temp_particles layer is selected.

Then, right-click on the image and select Stroke Path…. Make sure Simulate Pressure is not checked. Click OK.

Again, right-click on the image with the Pen Tool and select Delete Path.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold…, enter Threshold Level: 50 and click OK.

Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform thetemp_particleslayer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Press Control-J or Command-J twice to duplicate the temp_particles layer into two more copies.

Then, hold Shiftand select thetemp_particles layer. Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate thetemp_particlescopy 2layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particlescopy 3layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 110%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go to Filter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 750
  • Amplitude: Min:1 Max:15
  • Scale: Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Triangle
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Again, pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate thetemp_particles copy 3layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 4layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 110%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 750
  • Amplitude: Min:1 Max:15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Sine
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Press Control-F or Command-Fto reapply the filter.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Select thetemp-particles copy 3layer pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate it.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 5layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,enterWidth: 115%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 750
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Triangle
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

PressControl-ForCommand-Fto reapply the filter.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate thetemp_particles copy 5layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 6layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,and enterWidth: 110%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 600
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Triangle
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Then, pressControl-ForCommand-Ftwice to reapply the filter twice.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate thetemp_particles copy 6layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 7layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,and enterWidth: 115%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 730
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Triangle
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Then, pressControl-ForCommand-Ftwice to reapply the filter twice.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Select thetemp_particles copy 3layer, and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate it.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 8layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,and enterWidth: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressControl-ForCommand-Fto reapply the previous filter.

Step 15

Select thetemp_particles copy 4layer, and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate it.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 9layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 115%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

PressControl-ForCommand-Fto reapply the previous filter.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 16

Select thetemp_particles copy 3layer, and pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate it.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 10layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,and enterWidth: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 730
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Sine
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Then, pressControl-ForCommand-Ftwice to reapply the filter twice.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

By now, your image and layers structure should be as shown below.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 17

Select thetemp_particles copy 8layer, hold Shiftand select thetemp_particles copy 2layer. Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layers. Then, press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers into thetemp_particles copy 14layer.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 730
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Triangle
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Then, pressControl-ForCommand-Ftwice to reapply the filter twice.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform the layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,enterWidth: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Then, again press Control-F or Command-F to reapply the previous filter.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 18

Select thetemp_particles copy 7layerand press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate it.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform thetemp_particles copy 11layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft,and enterWidth: 115%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Go toFilter > Distort > Wave…and enter the following values:

  • Number of Generators: 5
  • Wavelength: Min: 10 Max: 730
  • Amplitude: Min: 1 Max: 15
  • Scale:Horiz: 100% Vert: 100%
  • Type: Sine
  • Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Then, pressControl-ForCommand-Feight times to reapply the filter eight times.

Set the Opacity of the temp_particles copy 11 layer to 30%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Your image and layers structure should now look like this:

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 19

Select thetemp_particles copy 9layer, hold Shift, and select thetemp_particles copy 2layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it as Ash Volume.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 20

Select the Base Subject layer. Go to Layer > New > Layer… and name the new layer as Ash Large.

Then, select the dispersion_patch_guide layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

Go to Select > Modify > Smooth…, enter Sample Radius: 80 pixels, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 21

Select the Ash Large layer. Press Mon the keyboard to select the Rectangular Marquee Tool. Then right-click on the image and select Make Work Path….

Enter Tolerance: 1.0 pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 22

PressDon the keyboard to reset swatches.

PressBon the keyboard to select theBrush Tool. Expand the brush selector drop-down menu and select thebr-ashes-particles-2brush.Make sure both theOpacityandFloware set to100%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 23

PressPon the keyboard to select thePen Tool.Make sure the Foreground Color isBlack.

Then, right-click on the image and selectStroke Path…. Make sureSimulate Pressureis not checked. Click OK.

Again right-click on the image with thePen Tooland selectDelete Path.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 24

Select the dispersion_trail_guidegroup. Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the group. Make the group visible by toggling the eyeball icon on. Then press Control-E or Command-E to merge the duplicated group.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it as Ash.

Press D to reset swatches. Right-click on the thumbnail of the Ash layer and select Select Pixels. Press Alt-Delete or Option-Delete to fill the selection with the Foreground Color, which is Black.

Press Control-D or Command-Dto deselect the current selection. Go to Image > Adjustments > Desaturate.

Drag the Ash layer above the Ash Volume layer. Be careful not to drag it into the disperson_trail_guide group.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 25

Select the Ash Large layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

Then, select the Ash layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Now, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 26

Select theAsh Volumelayer and set the Opacity to 40%.

Select theAsh Largelayer and press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate it.

Select the dispersion_trail_guide group. PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate it. Make it visible by toggling the eyeball icon on. Then, press Control-E or Command-E to merge the group.

Right click on the thumbnail of the dispersion_trail_guide copylayer and select Select Pixels. Select the Ash Large copy layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Again, select thedispersion_trail_guide copylayer and press Deleteon the keyboard to delete it.

Select the layer thumbnail of the Ash Large copy layer to select the RGB channel. Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Unlink.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 27

Press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform theAsh Large copy layer. Make sure the layer mask is unlinked and not selected. Otherwise, it will get transformed.

EnterAngle: 15°and click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theAsh Large copylayer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto transform theAsh Large copy 2layer.

EnterAngle: -30°and click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 28

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theAsh Large copy2 layer.

Now, with theAsh Large copy3layer selected, hold Shiftand select theAsh Large copylayer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 29

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theAsh Large copy3layer.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform theAsh Large copy 4layer.

KeepReference point locationat Center, enterWidth: 150%, Height: 150%,and click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Now, press Control-J or Command-J four times to make four copies of theAsh Large copy 4layer.

With theAsh Large copy 8layer selected, hold Shift and select theAsh Large copy 4layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

Now, right-click on the layer thumbnail of theAsh Largecopy8layer and select Select Pixels.

Go to Select > Modify > Contract…, enter Contract By: 3 pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 30

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to add a white layer mask to the Ash Large copy 8 layer.

With the layer mask selected, press Don the keyboard to reset swatches.

Go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold…, enter Threshold Level: 160 and click OK. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enter Radius: 10 Pixels and click OK.

PressControl-IorCommand-Ito invert the mask colour.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 31

PressControl-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer.

Select the layer mask thumbnail of theAsh Large copy 9layerand press Control-I or Command-Ito invert the mask colour.

Then, select the layer thumbnail to select the RGB channel. Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 6 Pixelsand clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 32

With theAsh Large copy 9layer selected, hold Shiftand select theAsh Large copy 8layer. Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the two layers.

Set the Opacity to 45%.

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate theAsh Largecopy9layer.

Select theAsh Largecopy9layer and press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Again pressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform. KeepReference point locationatCenter,enterWidth: 120% andHeight: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 33

Select theAsh Largecopy 10layer and set the Opacity to 40%.

PressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform. KeepReference point locationatCenter, andenterWidth: 105%andHeight: 105%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

Again pressControl-TorCommand-Tto Free Transform. KeepReference point locationat Left,andenterWidth: 95%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 34

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to add a layer mask to theAsh Largecopy 10layer.

With the layer mask selected, go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Then, go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold…, enter Threshold Level: 128, and click OK.

Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 10 Pixels, and clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Now your image and layers structure should look like below.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 35

Go to Layer > New > Layer…, name the new layer as Ash Fine Closeand click OK.

Select the temp_trail copy layer (inside the dispersion_trail_guide group), right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

Select the Ash Fine Closelayer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 36

Select thetemp_traillayer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and selectSelect Pixels. Then, select the layer thumbnail of the Ash Fine Close layer.

Press Mon the keyboard to select the Rectangular Marquee Tool.

Then, right-click on the image and select Make Work Path…. Enter Tolerance: 1.0 pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 37

PressBon the keyboard to select theBrush Tool. Expand the brush selector drop-down menu and select thebr-ashes-particles-1brush.Make sure both theOpacityandFloware set to100%.

PressPon the keyboard to select thePen Tool.

Then, right-click on the image and selectStroke Path…. Make sureSimulate Pressureis not checked. Click OK.

Perform the Stroke Path method twice more to intensify the particles. Then, right-click on the image with thePen Tooland selectDelete Path. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 38

Select the Ash layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

Select the Ash Fine Close layer and press Delete on the keyboard. Then, press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection.

Now, select the Ash Large copy 3 layer and right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels.

Select theAsh Fine Closelayer and pressDeleteon the keyboard. Then, pressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

8.How to Create the Embers

Step 1

Select the Ash layer and press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate it. Go to Layer > Rename Layer…and rename it as embers_1.

Press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform theembers_1layer.

EnterAngle: 10°and click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select theAshlayer and right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

Then, select the embers_1 layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Right-click on theembers_1layer and selectBlending Options….

Then, selectColor Overlay, change the colour, and enter the hex colour code#ff6c00, Blend Mode: Normal andOpacity: 100%. Click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Press Control-J or Command-Jthree times to make three duplicates on the embers_1 layer.

Now, with theembers_1 copy 3 layer selected, hold Shift on the keyboard and select the embers_1 layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select theAsh Volumelayer, right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels.

Then, select theembers_1 copy 3layer and goLayer > Layer Mask > RevealSelection. Go toLayer > Layer Mask > Apply.

PressControl-JorCommand-Jthree times to make three duplicates on theembers_1copy 3layer.

With theembers_1copy6layer selected, go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 10 Pixelsand clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

With theembers_1copy6layer selected, hold Shift on the keyboard and select theembers_1copy3layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theembers_1copy6layer.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select theembers_1copy6layer. Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 10 Pixelsand clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation…, enter Hue: -15 and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal All to create a layer mask to theembers_1copy6layer.

With the layer mask selected, go to Filter > Render > Clouds. Go to Image > Adjustments > Threshold…, enter Threshold Level: 128, and click OK. Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 10 Pixels, and clickOK. Set Blending Mode to Color Dodge.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the layer asEmbers Underglow.

Select theembers_1 copy 7 layer and set the Blending Mode to Linear Dodge (Add). Go toLayer > Rename Layer…and rename the layer asEmbers Particles Sub.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Select the Ash Volume layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

Select the Ash Large layer and press Control-J or Command-J to copy the selection into a new layer.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the layer as embers_2.

Drag and move the layer above theEmbers Particles Sublayer. Be careful not to drag it inside thedisperson_trail_guidegroup.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Go to Filter > Distort > Ripple…. Enter the values Amount: 999%andSize: Medium, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Select the Ash Large layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels.

Select the embers_2 layer. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Right-click on theembers_2layer and selectBlending Options….

Then, selectColor Overlay, change the colour, and enter the hex colour code#ff5a00, Blend Mode: Normal andOpacity: 100%. ClickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 11

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the embers_2 layer. With theembers_2 copylayer selected, hold Shift and select theembers_2layer. PressControl-EorCommand-Eto merge the layer.

Again pressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theembers_2 copylayer. Set the Blending Mode of theembers_2 copy 2layer to Linear Dodge (Add).

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theembers_2 copy 2layer. Set the Blending Mode of theembers_2 copy 3layertoColor Dodge.

PressControl-JorCommand-Jto duplicate theembers_2 copy 3layer. Set the Blending Mode of theembers_2 copy 4layertoLinear Dodge (Add).

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 12

With theembers_2 copy 4layer selected, go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enter Radius: 15 Pixels, and click OK.

With theembers_2 copy 4 layer selected, hold Shift and select theembers_2 copy layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers and set the Blending Mode of the merged layer toLinear Dodge (Add).

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 13

Right-click on theembers_2copy4layer and select Select Pixels. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer.

Now, with theembers_2copy5layer selected, hold Shift and select theembers_2copy4layer. Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the layers.

Go to Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation…, enter the value Hue: -20, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Set the Blending Mode of theembers_2copy5layer to Linear Dodge (Add).

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 14

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the embers_2 copy 5 layer asEmbers Particles Main.

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enter Radius: 12 Pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 15

Go toLayer > Layer Mask > Reveal Allto create a layer mask to the Embers Particles Main copylayer.

With the layer mask selected, go toFilter > Render > Clouds. Go toImage > Adjustments > Threshold…, enterThreshold Level: 128, and clickOK. Go toFilter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…, enterRadius: 10 Pixels, and clickOK.

Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename the layer asEmbers Overglow.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

9.How to Create the Smoke

Step 1

Select thetemp_trail copy 2layer (inside the dispersion_trail_guide group). Right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels.

Select thetemp_trail copy 4layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectAdd Transparency Mask.

Select theBase Subjectlayer. Go toLayer > New > Layer…, name the new layer asSmoke Spread 1, and clickOK.

PressM on the keyboard to select theRectangular Marquee Tool. Right-click on the image and selectMake Work Path….

EnterTolerance: 1 pixelsand clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

PressBon the keyboard to select theBrush Tool. Expand the brush selector drop-down menu and select thebr-ashes-smokebrush.Make sure both theOpacityandFloware set to100%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Press D on the keyboard to reset swatches. PressPon the keyboard to select thePen Tool. Then, right-click on the image and selectStroke Path…. Make sureSimulate Pressureis not checked. Click OK.

Again right-click on the image and select Delete Path. Set theOpacityto20%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Right-click on the layer thumbnail of theSmoke Spread 1 layer and select Select Pixels. Go to Select > Modify > Feather, enter Feather Radius: 20 pixels, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Go to Layer > New > Layer…, name the new layer as Smoke Spread 2, and click OK.

PressMon the keyboard to select theRectangular Marquee Tool. Right-click on the image and selectMake Work Path….

EnterTolerance: 1 pixelsand clickOK. PressPon the keyboard to select thePen Tool. Then, right-click on the image and selectStroke Path…. Make sureSimulate Pressureis not checked. Click OK.

Again right-click on the image and selectDelete Path. Set theOpacityto20%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Right-click on the layer thumbnail of theSmoke Spread 2layer and select Select Pixels.

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection. Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform the Smoke Spread 2 layer. KeepReference point locationatLeft, andenterWidth: 120%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Go to Layer > New > Layer…, name the new layer asSmoke Trail 1, and click OK. Select the temp_trail layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels.

Press D on the keyboard to reset swatches. Select the Smoke Trail 1 layer and press Alt-Delete or Option-Delete to fill the selection with the Foreground Color which is Black.

Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Go to Filter > Blur > Motion Blur…. EnterAngle: 0°,Distance: 25 Pixels, and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 9

Go toLayer > New > Layer…, name the new layer asSmoke Trail 2, and clickOK. Select thetemp_trail copylayer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and selectSelect Pixels.

Select theSmoke Trail 2layer and pressAlt-DeleteorOption-Deleteto fill the selection with theForeground Colorwhich isBlack.

PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection. Go toFilter > Blur > Motion Blur…. EnterAngle: 0°,Distance: 70 Pixels, and clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 10

Set the Opacity of the Smoke Trail 2 layer to 10%.

Select the Ash Large copy 3 layer, right-click on the layer thumbnail, and select Select Pixels. Select the Smoke Trail 1 layer and go to Layer > Layer Mask > Hide Selection. Then, go to Layer > Layer Mask > Apply.

Set theOpacityof theSmoke Trail 1layer to10%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

10.How to Create the Base Subject Dispersion

Step 1

Select theBase Subjectlayer. Go toLayer > Layer Mask > Reveal All.

Select theAsh Volumelayer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels. Go toSelect > Modify > Contract…. EnterContractBy:2 pixelsand clickOK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select the Layer Mask of the Base Subject layer. Press Don the keyboard to reset swatches.

Press Control-Delete or Command-Deletethree times to fill three times with the Background Colorwhich is Black.

Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select the Ash layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels. Go to Select > Modify > Contract…. Enter Contract By: 2 pixels and click OK.

Select the Layer Mask of theBase Subjectlayer. PressControl-DeleteorCommand-Deletetwice to fill twice with theBackground Colorwhich is Black.

PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select the Ash Large copy 3layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and selectSelect Pixels. Go toSelect > Modify > Contract…. EnterContract By: 2 pixelsand clickOK.

Select the Layer Mask of theBase Subjectlayer. PressControl-DeleteorCommand-Deletetwice to fill twice with theBackground Colorwhich is Black.

PressControl-DorCommand-Dto deselect the current selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

11.How to Make the Tonal Adjustment Layers

Step 1

Select the Smoke Spread 1 layer. Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate it. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it as temp_area. Then, set the Opacity to 100%.

Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels. Press D on the keyboard to reset swatches.

Press Control-Delete or Command-Delete four times to fill the selection with the Background Color which is White.

Press Control-D or Command-D to deselect the current selection. Drag and move the temp_area layer above the Embers Overglow layer.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur… and enter Radius: 50 Pixels. Click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Press Control-T or Command-T to Free Transform. KeepReference point locationatLeft,andenterWidth: 110%. Click theTickbutton on the top toolbar or pressEnterorReturnto confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the current layer.

Then, go to Layer > Merge Down.

Step 3

Repeat Step 2three times to expand and intensify the effect.

The final effect should look like below.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Then, hide the temp_area layer by toggling the eyeball icon off.

Step 4

Select the Base Subject layer.

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Black & White…, name the layer as Subject BW, and click OK.

Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask to add the Subject BW layer as a clipping mask to the Base Subject layer.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select the Embers Overglow layer. Press D on the keyboard to reset swatches.

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map…, name it as Toning 1 and click OK. Double-click on the layer thumbnail to open Gradient Map Properties. Then, click on the gradient preview to open the Gradient Editor window.

Select the Left Color Stopand change the color to Black #000000. Then, select theRight Color Stopand change the colortoWhite#ffffff.

Click OK to accept changes.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Deleteto delete the layer mask of the Toning 1 layer.

Then, select the temp_area layer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels. Select the Toning 1 layer. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

Change the Blending Mode of theToning 1layer toLuminosity.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the Toning 1 layer. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename it as Toning 2. Set theOpacity of the Toning 2 layer to 60%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 8

Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Curves…, name it asToning 3, and clickOK.

Select the Red channel and enter the following values. Then, select the RGB channel and enter the following values.

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12.How to Make Additional Adjustments

Step 1

Select the temp_arealayer. Right-click on the layer thumbnail and select Select Pixels. Select the Ash Large copy 9 layer. Go to Layer > Layer Mask > Reveal Selection.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select the BG Base Color layer.

Go to Layer > New > Layer…, name the new layer as vignette_temp, and click OK. Press Control-Delete or Command-Deleteto fill the layer with the Background Color.

Then, reduce the Fill to 0%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Right-click on the vignette_templayer and select Blending Options….

Select Stroke and enter the following values:

  • Size: 80 px
  • Position: Center
  • Blend Mode: Normal
  • Opacity: 100%
  • Fill Type: Color
  • Color: Black #000000

Then, click OK to confirm.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Press Control-J or Command-J to duplicate the vignette_temp layer.

With the vignette_temp copy layer selected, hold Shift and select the vignette_temp layer.

Press Control-E or Command-E to merge the two layers.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur…. Enter Radius: 100 Pixels and click OK.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Press Control-F or Command-Fthree times to reapply the filter three times. Go to Layer > Rename Layer…, and rename it as Vignette.

Set the Blending Mode to Multiply and Opacity to 75%.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

13.How to Tidy Up Your Groups

In the next steps, we’ll organise the layers into logical groups and colour code them for ease of use.

Step 1

Select thetemp_arealayer. PressDeleteon the keyboard to delete it.

Select thedispersion_trail_guidegroup. PressDeleteon the keyboard to delete it.

Select thedispersion_patch_guidelayer. PressDeleteon the keyboard to delete it.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 2

Select the Toning 3 layer, hold Shift and select the Toning 1 layer.

Press Control-G or Command-G to group the layers. Go to Layer > Rename Group…and rename it as Toning.

Right-click on the Toning group and select Slot Color: Yellow.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 3

Select theEmbersOverglowlayer, holdShift, and select theEmbers Underglowlayer.

PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers. Go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename it asEmbers.

Right-click on theEmbersgroup and selectSlot Color: Red.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 4

Select the Ash Large layer. Go to Layer > Rename Layer… and rename itAsh Large Spread.

Select theAsh Large copy 3layer. Go toLayer > Rename Layer…and rename itAsh Large Volume.

Select theAsh Large copy 9layer. Go toLayer > Rename Layer…and rename itAsh Very Large.

Select theAsh Large copy 10layer. Go toLayer > Rename Layer…and rename itAsh Large Sparse.

Then, select the Ash layer, hold Shift and select the Ash Large Spread layer. PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers. Go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename itAshes.

Right-click on theAshesgroup and selectSlotColor: Gray.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 5

Select theSmoke Trail 2layer, holdShift, and select theSmoke Spread 1layer.

PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers. Go toLayer > Rename Group…, and rename itSmoke.

Right-click on theSmokegroup and selectSlot Color: Violet.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 6

Select theSubject BWlayer, holdShift, and select theBase Subjectlayer.

PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers. Go toLayer > Rename Group…, and rename itBase Image.

Right-click on theBase Imagegroup and selectSlotColor: Blue.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Step 7

Select theVignettelayer, holdShiftand select theBaselayer.

PressControl-GorCommand-Gto group the layers. Go toLayer > Rename Group…and rename itBG.

Right-click on theBGgroup and selectSlotColor: Green.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

14.Finish Recording the Action

Stop recording by clicking theStop playing/recordingbutton.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

Awesome, You’ve Done It!

Here is your final result!

Great job! You’ve finished creating theAshes n Embers Photoshop Action.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

You can now apply the effect onto any other image. Open the image, selectAshes n Embers Action, and clickPlayfrom theActionspanel.

Things to remember before playing the action:

  • Make sure that you have installed theBrush.
  • Make sure that theBrush OpacityandFloware set to100%, like step2 – How to Load the Brush.
  • Make sure you have created thesubjectlayer, made a selection of your main subject and filled it with any colour, just likeStep 1of3 – How to Make the Effect Area Layers.
  • Make sure you have created thearealayer, made a selection of the area where you want to apply the effect and filled it with any colour, just likeStep 2of3 – How to Make the Effect Area Layers.
  • Make sure the height of the image is set between3500-4000 pixels, likeStep 2of1 – How to Set Up Your Document.

How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop

We have reached the end of the tutorial. Here you’ve learned how to add an ashes and embers style dispersion effect on any photo and also automate it in a one-click Photoshop action.

We started out with a stock image, and while recording the action,we added Ashes, Embers and Smoke dispersion elements to it using a Brush and a Path. Then we made a dispersion of the main image and created the final adjustments.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Feel free to leave your comments below, and thanks for reading.

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How to Create an Ashes & Embers Dispersion Action in Adobe Photoshop