Black and Blue Swirl (With Instructions)

Surfing at Joss Bay



How to Swirl

  1. Open image in Photoshop.
  2. Duplicate layer Control+J (Windows) or Command+J (Mac)
  3. Convert duplicated layer to Smart Layer, by right clicking on layer and selecting Convert to Smart Layer.
  4. Add Mezzotint Filter – Pixelate – Medium Strokes
  5. Add radial Filter – Blur – Radial Blur – Amount 76, Blur Method Zoom, Quality Best.
  6. Repeat Step 4 as many times as you like until you achieve the radial blur that you want.
  7. Add twirl – Filter – Distort – Twirl – 250 (you can change this number to suit whatever effect you want. You can even use a negative number if you wish).
    Tip – I set the preview so that I can see the whole image twirl and then play around with the slider, until I get the twirl effect I want.
  8. When you are finished create a stamped layer.  (Press Shift+Ctrl+Alt+E (Windows) or Shift+Command+Option+E (Mac)
  9. Add a black layer mask by selecting Add Layer Mask and then Control I (windows) Command I (Mac) to invert mask to black and then set your brush to a low opacity and flow I used 35 and 35 and paint in the areas (using white) where you want the swirl effect to show.
    TipYou can hold down the Alt (windows) Option (Mac) when clicking on the layer mask and that will automatically fill the layer mask with black).
  10. Save your image.

Written by

Bren Ryan is a female amateur photographer and blogger 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.


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