Twirling Tuesday – Purple Iris

Thank you to everyone who joined in the previous challenge.. For this week, I thought I would do a Swirl and a Twirl of a Purple Iris.

Original Image

Photographed at Broadview Gardens in Kent

Twirled Image

Twirled Iris

Swirled Image

Swirled Iris

Twirling Instructions

How to Create a Twirl by Julie Powell

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.

If you use GIMP XingfuMama did an image with instructions… check out there post Putting a twist on it using the GIMP | XingfuMama for instructions.

4 responses to “Twirling Tuesday – Purple Iris”

  1. Those colours are amazing..

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  2. This is so cool! Funny, but as I clicked on this post I said to myself “I need to figure out how to do this stuff in Photoshop” and poof! There were your instructions! Now my photo doesn’t look this awesome. But I’m going to try it on some other photos and see what happens. I subscribe to Photoshop and Lightroom. But I don’t know how to use Photoshop 😦 Thank you! 😊

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    1. Thank you… It’s only the last couple of years that I’ve really delved into Photoshop. Mainly I use Lightroom..but twirling and swirling gives you a chance to learn about masking and the filters that Photoshop has xx


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