I already know how to make a shape distortion.

But, I can't really figure out how to make 'color' distortion like the 'spectrum' in the example below.

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    Distort color channel not layer. Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 7:33
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To start & keep it simple > flatten your image and go to RGB mode. Open the channels palette and select the Red channel only. It should be the only selected channel (should be light-blue). Create a selection and move the selection & artwork around a bit. Now go back to the RGB channel (all should be light-blue). Now do the same for the other channels. Something like this happens.

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Keep in mind you can also paste black and white images into these channels (since the black you see is a representation of the red or the green or the blue). Where these tints mix the spectrum appears.

So you could create 3 different layers of your image in black & white and paste each layer into the R, G & B channels until you are happy with the result. You just need to visualise it in your head and create the b&w layers on top of each other so you get some idea.

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