What photo app or editor can be used to produce this wavy effect?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Why the Android tag ? Has it been made with a cellphone ? \$\endgroup\$
    – Olivier
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 6:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks like it could have been done on camera by some sort of temporal distortion, anyone here from physicsSE? \$\endgroup\$
    – Crazy Dino
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 15:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @CrazyDino, pretty sure Doctor Who was entering just off-stage to the left, causing space-time to wobble when this picture was taken. Fortunately, jelly-legs symptoms usually resolve themselves after a few hours. \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 16:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Corey No timey-wimey sci-fi explanation needed: the soles of the subject's shoes were covering up co-orbiting black holes just prior to their collision, causing gravitational waves to emanate from under his feet, which caused distortions in the paths of nearby photons. Simple. =) \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 17:40

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I'm sure there's probably a filter or app out there - but here's the Photoshop answer: Use Liquify.

The image looks like the artist simply ran a liquify brush through the bottom half of the photo semi-randomly. (Up/Down movements on the left and right, side to side movement on the legs).


Distortion effects in Photoshop or Gimp, but applied to separate color channels with slight difference in ripple parameters. Thus you get those orange/bluish edges.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think the orange/blue may just as well be chromatic aberration that's been stretched (thus appearing more prominent than it originally was) \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Mar 21, 2018 at 20:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ From experience this is a graphic editor effect. I used to reproduce it many times in Photoshop by using Difference selector applied to a layer above. Especially prominent when one layer is mostly blue, and the other is the difference (which becomes orange). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 23, 2018 at 3:49

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