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By James Fritz | Friday, July 12, 2013

Create a displacement map in Photoshop: Pixel Playground

This week’s technique covers the basics of working with displacement maps.

Creating a ripple effect with displacement maps in Photoshop.

Displacement maps are an old but incredibly powerful feature inside Adobe Photoshop. This week Bert covers the basics of creating a realistic shadow using the Displace filter. He begins by creating a cast shadow with a simple distortion and a few masks. Next he applies the Displace filter to a darkened copy of the background layer to increase the depth of the shadow. Finally he paints in some subtle touches to finish off the effect.

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