Twirling is on fire. Hundreds upon hundreds of images have been shared on social media featuring the techniques that create a Twirl. Some will say that this technology has always been there and that it’s not new. While this may be true, the trend worthiness of it certainly is, as most had never heard of it or knew how to create one. They are addictive and super easy to do. The possibilities are limitless.
Step by Step Instructions on How To Twirl in Photoshop
1.) Open any image in Photoshop
2.) With your background layer selected, go to Filter – Pixelate – Mezzotint. Make sure your mode is set to “Medium Lines.” Press OK.
3.) With your background layer still selected, go to Filter – Blur – Radial Blur. Amount (100) – Blur Method (zoom) – Quality (best). Press OK.
4.) Repeat step 3 as many times as you like. I usually like to run it about 3 times.
5.) Duplicate your background layer. Keyboard shortcut CTRL/CMD J. This will create a duplicate layer called “Layer 1″ right above your background layer.
6.) Select your background layer. Then go to Filter – Distort – Twirl. In the Angle number box, you want to put in a positive value number. Let’s put in 80 for now. Press OK. You can always try different ones the more you experiment.
7.) Select Layer 1 above your background layer. Then go to Filter – Distort – Twirl. In the Angle number box, you want to put in a negative value number this time. Let’s put in -80 for now.
8.) With Layer 1 selected, we want to change the blending mode of this layer. In your layers palette, right above Layer 1, you will see the word “normal.” Click on that and it will expand a variety of choices. Depending on the colors and exposure in your image, will depend on which blending mode works best here. Click through the various options until you find the one you like the best on your image. I like Darken, Multiply, Lighten, Exclusion and Difference modes for Twirl art. But choose what works best for you. I would suggest you start with “Lighten”.
9.) Flatten your image. Have fun!
Below are some examples that I created.