Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract

One form of abstract I love to do is twirling.

Twirled purple flower

It is created by taking a photo image and giving it a swirling effect in Photoshop.

How to Create a Twirl

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 and 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.

Instructions courtesy of Julie Powell Photography

Posted as part of Patti’s Lens-Artists Photography Challenge #74 Abstract.



About the Author

Bren is a female amateur photographer, fibromyalgia sufferer and blogger at BacardiGirl.UK who along with her husband, Ashley, have created a photography blog called Brashley Photography which showcases the places they’ve visited on their photography journey. Bren and Ashley primarily concentrate their photographic skills on landscape, architecture and floral subjects. Based in the South East of England they hope to give their readers an insight into the wonderful and beautiful landscapes, buildings and places that the South of England has to offer.

18 responses to “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #74: Abstract”

  1. bushboy avatar

    Love this twirl Bren 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Amy avatar

    How beautiful and creative! Thank you for showing us us the steps!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bren (Ryan-Photography) avatar

      Thank you… You are welcome. It was Julie Powell that taught me about twirling.


  3. Hammad Rais avatar

    This is quite wonderful 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bren (Ryan-Photography) avatar

      Thank you.. I love twirling images. Xx


  4. Tina Schell avatar

    How fun that you included the instructions and the link Bren. You’ve created a terrific abstract AND a bunch of happy photographers about to try it!


    1. Bren (Ryan-Photography) avatar

      Thank you Tina.. it is great trying it out on images… to see what you can achieve. xx


  5. pattimoed avatar

    Ohhh! I love this idea. Great choice for abstract!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Leya avatar

    Well – so much fun – and the outcome a beauty! Thank you for showing the steps as well!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bren (Ryan-Photography) avatar

      I find twirling very therapeutic xx


  7. JohnRH avatar

    Ha ha. Great abstraction and informative lesson. Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. bullingtonb2013 avatar

    I’m totally going to try this!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Bren (Ryan-Photography) avatar

      It is great fun to do…enjoy!!


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