Another twirling project


I’ve been asked how I twirl an image.. The instructions below are courtesy of Julie Powell, a fine art photographer whose work I truly admire. Please take some time to look at her work.. it is truly inspirational and beautiful.


Layers Panel in Photoshop for Pansy image.

1.) Open your image in Photoshop

2.) With your background layer selected > select Filter > Pixelate > Mezzotint. Set your mode to “Medium Lines.” OK.

3.) Next select to Filter > Blur > Radial Blur.  Change settings to Amount 100, Blur Method zoom, Quality best.OK.

4.) Repeat step 3 as many times as you like.  I ran mine about 3 times.

5.) Create a duplicate layer [CTRL/CMD J].

6.) With the background layer highlighted, Select > Filter > Distort > Twirl. On this layer, you want to use a positive number ie +200.

7.) Highlight Layer 1, select > Filter > Distort > Twirl. For this layer, we need a negative number ie: -150. OK

8.) We now need to blend these two layers together, select Layer 1, and change your blending mode, try Darken, Lighten, Exclusion and Difference, it really depends on your image and what effect you like. Try all the blend modes, some will work, some won’t.

9.) Now flatten or stamp your image (Ctrl, Shift, Alt, E) and transform it (flip horizontal or vertical) and use another blend mode, or even the same one, to create a really great piece of unique art.

As I always use Lightroom for my workflow…I select the image I want to use and then right click on the image and select the Edit in Photoshop with Lightroom adjustments option.  And once I’ve done my twirling technique I then save it and it imports itself back into Lightroom, where I can use Presets and play around with colours,

I followed Julie’s technique and then added a couple of Oil Paint Filters and a Twirl Filter in Photoshop and cropped the image.


Once my image was back into Lightroom I added a couple of Presets,



If you would like to download a Photoshop Action for this technique.  With this Photoshop Action, you run steps 1-4 first, and then steps 5-6 (which create the duplicate layer) and then finally Step 7 on your first layer which was created by Steps 1-4.

Steps 8 and 9 is your chance to use your imagination… In the above image, I used Oil Paint and a Twirl Filter.

I hope this helps people who want to try twirling .. have some fun and give it a try.

Download Photoshop Twirl Action

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