How do I create this text ripple effect in Illustrator or Photoshop? I'm able to add a wave effect, but it's not quite what I'm looking for.

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    What have you tried? Is there anything specific you need help with on this? Why don't you like the wave effect you created? – Ashlee Palka Feb 2 '17 at 21:54

In Ai do an envelope distort with mesh. Push between the mesh nodes or select a row of nodes

  • Select T to add a text
  • Rasterize the text by right click on the layer > Rasterize
  • go to Photoshop menu bar > Window > Liquefy and with the first option on the top left corner selected, adjust the size of the brush and the pressure

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