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How to create displacement maps using Photoshop shapes Tutorial

How to create displacement maps / distortions using Photoshop custom shapes tutorial. Apply the custom shapes to a document in grays, and avoid the seams, save the docuument as a PSD file

Create displacements using custom shapes

how to create displacement maps using custom shapes in Photoshop
  1. Open a new document for the custom shape created displacement map

  2. Select custom shape tool and select a shape via shape presets picker (set to fill pixels option)

  3. Set color to a gray (light or black)

  4. Apply multiple custom shapes (avoid the seams of the document)

  5. Filter menu and offset filter

  6. Set offset such as -1000 and 500px and set the wrap option and OK

  7. Add more Photoshop custom shapes

  8. Use offset filter again

  9. Save the document as a PSD

  10. Use the PSD in texturizer filter / glass filter / displacement.

You can use any number of Photoshop custom shapes and you can find them on the web as well as many on this site via the Photoshop shapes section (check for the link to the custom shapes via the top menu). The great thing about the custom shapes is that they can be any size so you can create a super large displacement maps as well as just a very small displacement map to distort images. You can create basic displacements using custom shapes without the offset filter but the offset filter does allow for more complex displacement map creations.


The key thing is that the displacement map for Photoshop is PSD. Other applications also have their own displacement maps systems and they often use other file types or all file types or perhaps a native format.


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