Face Dissolve Effect

Want to learn how to do a face dissolve effect in Adobe Photoshop? If so, you’re in the right place as we’re going to give you a basic walk through with this free Adobe Photoshop Tutorial that not only only teach you how to perform a cool face dissolve effect but will show you the end result as well. However, this is just one example of how to do this with Photoshop and you’ll find that you can alter this method to create pretty much anything.

With that being said, we hope you’ll take a few minute of your time and skim through this face dissolve effect tutorial and make sure it’s something that you want to learn how to do. If it is, go ahead and give it a try. It make take a few attempts to get it just right but we promise that this is one cool effect that you’ll find yourself performing over and over once you master it. So, what are you waiting for? Scroll down and take a look now!

Before and After Face Dissolve Effect

face before Face Dissolve Effect

  • Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • Advance
  • Time: 2 – 2:30 hrs


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STEP 1: Create a New Document

Open a New Document ( File > New ) with a resolution of width – 1500 pixels, height – 1025 pixels.

new document s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 2: Add Background

First of all we are going to import an image for our background. You can get this image from the following Link. Since the resolution of this particular image is less than the resolution of the document size. I have used Transform Tool Ctrl + T so that the image can be adjusted as per the resolution of our document.

add bg s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 3: Add one more image and reduce the Opacity

Import another image for background from the following Link. Adjust the size of the image with the help of Transform tool Ctrl + T and reduce its Opacity to 50%.

add more image s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 4: Select brush to make the Blue Glow

Select a soft round brush with the settings shown below to make a Blue Glow and rename this layer as brush stroke.

blue glow s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 5: Select the Color

Apply the following color value as shown in the image below, in order to get the blue color. You can also choose any other color as per your wish.

select the color s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 6: Now make a Brush Stroke

Simply click the brush on your image and you will get a result something similar to this.

brush strokes s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 7: Import the image of our Character

Bring the image of your character from the following Link and place it accordingly. Rename this layer as face.

import the image s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 8: Adjust and reduce the Opacity

In order to blend the image of our character with the Background, reduce the opacity to 40%.

adjust opacity s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 9: Make one more copy and click Layer Mask

Duplicate Ctrl + J the face layer and click on Layer Mask. Also increase the opacity of this layer to 100%.

layer mask s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 10: Make brush stroke on layer mast with black Color Brush

Make few brush strokes on the layer mask with a black color brush or you can also use Pen tool “P”. Make these stroke something similar to the stokes that are shown in the image below.

brush stroke s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 11: Import the Tossing Paint image and Desaturate it

Import the tossing paint image and extract it from the background simply with the help of any selection tool and Desaturate ( Image > Adjustments > Desaturate ) it. Place the image as shown in the image below. You can get this image from the following link

tossing paint image s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 12: Color Correct the Image

Make some color correction in our tossing paint image. Simply go to Image > Adjustments > Selective Color and apply the following settings as shown below.

color correct s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 13: Level Adjustment

Also make some adjustments with the help of Levels Image > Adjustments > Levels and the following settings as in the image.

level adjustment s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 14: Using Smudge Tool Merge the Paint with Face

With the following settings of Smudge tool, it’s time to merge our tossing paint image with our face image. You can get a result something similar to this.

smudge tool s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 15: Repeat-the-same-process-with-all-the-color-tossing-layers

You can also use get some more tossing images from the following Link or you can use the previous tossing image and simply Rotate it with the help of Transform Tool Ctrl + T. Repeat the same process with all the color tossing layers and you may get a result something similar to this.

repeat color tossing layers s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 16: Group-all-the-layers

Now we are going to bring all the layers under one Group Ctrl + G.

group all layers s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 17: Duplicate group and ungroup and merge it

Now its time to Duplicate Ctrl + J the group and Ungroup them. You can Ungroup the group by simply right clicking on the group and by selecting Ungroup layers as shown below. We are doing this so that we can get a single layer of the complete effect to work on. And finally merge all the ungrouped layers by simply hitting Ctrl + E on your keyboard.

duplicate group s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 18: Apply Gaussian Blur

Duplicate Ctrl + J the merge layer and apply Gaussian Blur ( Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur ) to it with a value of 6 pixels.

apply gaussian blur s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 19: Change Blending Mode and Opacity

Change the Blending Mode of the duplicated layer to Lighten and reduce its Opacity to 60%. And you will get an effect something similar to this.

blending mode and opacity s Face Dissolve Effect

STEP 20: Color Correction

Finally to give our face dissolve effect one more cool look, we are going to do some color correction to it. To do so,  we are going to add an adjustment layer of Color Balance ( Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Color Balance ) in it with the following values and your Final Output is ready.

color correction s Face Dissolve Effect

Final Image – Finished Face Dissolve Effect

face dissolve s Face Dissolve Effect

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