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A Tutorial to create Photon Twirls with Photoshop CS

Photoshop CS - Photon Twirl FX





by  Daniel Ledarney

Summary:Using Photoshop CS or earlier versions of Photoshop to create an Photon Twirls as an accessory to other graphics can enhance your compositions. Relatively simple to create, it can add flexibly to your graphics. [Click the image above to see 3 new variations]   Download the Photoshop CS Photo Twirls FX (69 KB) zipped file to follow this tutorial -it contains the objects layers I create to follow this tutorial.

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1. Create a new file>Fill with Dark Color>Create New Layer
Create a new blank document, (Ctrl+N) size U wish (I used 150 wide by 150 high 72 dpi), and fill the background with black or another dark color (I used a dark grey - #ADADAD). Create the document any size, but if you want to use the swirl horizontally, you should  make the height as large as the length of the spiral created - better to make it very long if you want to you can always delete parts of it. Create a new layer above the locked background by clicking on "Create a new layer" icon at the bottom of the Layer Palette. If the Layers Palette is not open go to the main menu at the top of Photoshop CS click Window > Layers or use the F7 shortcut to bring it up.
Photoshop CS - Twirl FX Background #ADADAD
2. Brush Tool >Shift Paint white Foreground >Top to Bottom
Marquee select Image > Rotate Canvas > 90 o CCW. Choose Filter > Stylize > Wind. Select blast with from the left and ok. To add some randomization choose this filter again (Wind) and select blast from the right
Photoshop CS - White 14 px soft brush line w/Center Guide

3. Filter>Distort>Shear-Zigzag>Apply
You may want to duplicate the paint brush layer you just created by drag that layer to the bottom of the layers palettes and onto the Photoshop CS - New Layer Button new layer button. Click on the layer now select  filter > distort > shear from the main Photoshop CS menu, and make a zigzag line that looks similar to the one on the right. Experiment with different shapes of zigzags to find one that you like. Apply the effect to your image. As you can see I took some artist license by placing the result of shearing the painted layer and placing it in the Sear filter image viewing window.  

Photoshop CS Photo Twirls FX
(69 KB) zipped file to follow this tutorial.

Photoshop CS - Filter Zgzag Settings
4. Create Object>Marquee Select unwanted areas>Delete
If you do not have an object you want to wrap your twirl around then create one - a simple pipe, rod or cable. I suggested placing the pipe or on its own layer. I used a style to create what appears to be two pipes in the background - you will see it in the Photoshop CS file if you download it. To create the illusion of depth, start deleting parts of the twirl. Use the marquee  tool hold down the shift key to add additional areas of the white twirl to cut. I did not feather the selection. You could set up guides on each side of the pipes to aid you in making a nice clean close selection to the pipe. Press delete - you should have something like my example opposite. Take a closer look at the picture on the right (which is zoomed in) to see which parts you need to remove with the rectangular marquee Rectangle Marquee selection tool.
Photoshop CS - Ocean Ripple Filter applied

Note: As suggested place the pipe or on its own layer. Using the Marquee tool (Shortcut M) select the parts you want as seen by the "Marching Ants" as in the image to the top right.  Press delete to remove portions of  image to give illusion of wrapping around the pipes. The image on the right shows the results of the areas around the pipes once deleted - a nice coil wrapping.  Experiment - you could a slight feathering to your marquee selection, say 2px or you just leave the feather to zero like I did and just soften any of the hard areas (if necessary) after deleting the selections with a soft small eraser tool (Shortcut E).
5. Duplicate layer>Filter>Blur>Gaussina Blur>Add Color>Blend Mode/Opacity
To create an enhanced photon light effect, duplicate the layer with the white coil then apply Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with a radius setting of 4.5px. If you would like to add a bit of color to the blurred coil.  Open the Hue/Saturation window under Layer > New Adjustment Layer> Hue/Saturation. Turn on the colorize switch and turn the lightness down a small amount and slide the saturation slider all the way to the right. Select a nice rich color by sliding the top slider to the left /right and enter 'OK'. I selected a nice light orange color - Hue =+25,Saturation =+93 and Lightness =-20. Now change the layer blending mode to Color Burn OR Color then adjust  opacity to your liking. In the image above right I duplicated the layer that I applied the Gaussian Blur - Hue/Saturation too and placed both layers in the Color Mode.

6. Duplicate Layer for Sparkles>Dissolve Mode>Gaussian Blur
You can add some sparkles to make it even more interesting. Repeat step 6 with the filter on a duplicate white coil layer set the mode to dissolve  - practice to find that personalized feel.

Photoshop CS Photo Twirls FX
(69 KB) zipped file to follow this tutorial created by Photoflashgraphics.com.