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Photoshop Twirling

You can take a photo of virtually anything and instantly turn it into a colorful piece of abstract art:


Before - A Pile of Buttons After - Twirled Art


Note: Some things may be slightly different depending on the version of Photoshop you have. These instructions work great with Photoshop 2017.


1. Finish any photo as you normally would and save it as a jpeg at 300 ppi if you want to print

2. The finished size can be dependent upon the speed of your computer and what size you might ultimately wish to print it. I usually make the longest side equal to 2500 pixels. I have done much larger it just takes a little longer to process.

3. Right click on the Background Layer and choose “Convert to Smart Object

4. Go to Filter > Pixelate > Mezotint > Medium Strokes > OK (play with other strokes)

5. Go to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur then choose Zoom > 100 > Zoom > Best > OK

6. Repeat step 5 TWO more times

7. Go to Filter > Distort > Twirl then select -100 > OK

8. Then under Layer 0 Smart Filters double click on the symbol to the right of Twirl and change the Mode to Lighten

9. Click on Layer 0 and drag down to “Create a New Layer”

10.Double Click Layer 0 Copy Twirl

11.Change the Angle to 100 > OK

12.Then under Layer 0 copy Smart Filters double click on the symbol to the right of Twirl and change the Mode to Lighten

13.Add an Adjustment Layer > Levels and slide the darken slider and lighten the highlites slider to your preference

14.Add an Adjustment Layer > Vibrance and tune both vibrance and saturation to your preference

15.Add an Adjustment Layer > Color Balance and adjust color in highlites, mid-tones and shadows to your preference

16.Now you may adjust the photo to your preferences for cropping, sharpening (I generally do not), Sizing, etc.

17.I sometimes put some Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 filters on to strengthen even more









Before - Canadian Rockies After - Twirled Art

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