How do I achieve a “Water Ripple” effect on typography?

Trying to achieve something like this text treatment, but not sure where to start.

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Answer

You can use a displacement map in Photoshop.

All you need is a greyscale image to use for the displacement; which you need to save as a PSD in greyscale mode (Image → Mode → Grayscale). Then go to Filter → Distort → Displace… on the layer you want to distort, hit OK and choose your displacement image PSD.

Take this quick example:

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With this as a displacement map:

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Which gives us this:

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