Good day my friends. I hope this blog post finds you well.
Since I had received a few questions the last couple days, I thought I would post a tutorial on how I created an abstract image using a twirl effect in Photoshop. I have also included this LINK for a PDF copy of the instructions that you can download and save to your PC. If you decide to print the PDF and you would like to save ink you can print page 8 as it contains just the written instructions.
Twirl Effect—text instructions
1) Select an image from your library and open it in photoshop.
2) Right-click on the layer and choose “convert to smart object” from the menu.
3) From menu selections at the top choose “Filter”, then “Pixelate”, then “Mezzotint”. From the mezzotint drop-down menu chose "Medium Stroke” and press OK. It's ugly looking, but you are not done.
4) Again, from menu selections at the top this time choose “Filter”, then “Blur”, then “Radial Blur”. In Radial Blur, set the amount to “100”, choose “Zoom” then “Good” and click “OK”. The image will process and create a zoom look.
Note: Repeat this step (step 4) a total of three times. (3X)
5) Now from the “Filter” menu at the top choose “Distort”, then “Twirl”, and enter minus (-) 1oo for the amount. Note this amount can be a personal preference.
6) On the “Twirl Layer” right click and choose “Edit smart filter blending options”. Then choose “lighten” from the drop-down menu and “ok”. Opacity is set at 100%.
7) Now from the “Filter” menu at the top choose “Distort”, then “Twirl”, and enter plus (+) 1oo for the amount. Note this amount can be a personal preference.
8) This should now complete the abstract process to complete the twirl effect on your photo.
From here I then process the image further personalizing it to create color impact, sharpness or a vignette, etc., using Photoshop, NIK Collection, Topaz Labs, or Skylum’s software.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and have a Picture-Perfect Day! :-)