Swirl a Background in Photoshop
● Create a background in Photoshop for your composition.
✓ Blending Modes✓ Select Inverse✓ Filters✓ Flip Horizontal
✓ Curves Adjustment ✓ Hue/Saturation
Other People's Work:
Here are some examples of work inspired by this tutorial.
Step #1: Open PhotoShop ~
✗ Open YOUR PROJECT in Photoshop …
… (Remember: all these tutorials are intended to be
applied to YOUR PROJECT) …
Step #2: Make a New Layer ~
✗ Make a New Layer ABOVE your background layer.
✗ If you don't have a background layer yet, just put your new layer at the bottom.
Step #3: Black & White ~
✗ Hit the letter (d) on the keyboard or click the default icon to reset the default colors to Black & White on the Color Palette.
Step #4: Clouds ~
✗ Now go to: Filter > Render > Clouds …
✗ … and fill the new layer like this:
Step #5: Pixilated Filters ~
✗ Now go to: Filter > Pixilated > Mezzotint …
✗ … and set the Type to Short Lines or whatever looks good to you.
Step #6: Radial Blur ~
✗ Then go to: Filter > Blur > Radial Blur …
✗ … set to: Zoom, Quality: Best, adjust the Amount and change the Blur Center.
✗ Remember: You can adjust the "Blur Center" by dragging its center point around -
thats's the most important part …
✗ … and then click OK.
Step #7: Twirl Filter ~
✗ Now go to: Filter > Distort > Twirl and adjust your settings to your liking.
Step #8: Copy the Layer ~
✗ Right-Click and hit: "Duplicate Layer …"
✗ … and click OK.
Step #9: Flip the image ~
✗ Now, click the image …
✗ … hit Cmd(⌘)+T to activate Free Transform …
✗ … then Right-Click and select Flip Horizontal.
✗ Hit Enter/Return or click the Check mark ✓ when done.
Step #10: Blending Mode ~
✗ Scroll through the Blending Modes and find one you like …
✗ Try Multiply, Screen or Overlay or whatever you like best …
✗ If you see other blending modes you like as you're scrolling down, don't be afraid to experiment.
✗ Blending Modes are awesome!
Step #11: Merge the Layers ~
✗ With the upper layer selected, hit the keyboard shortcut: Cmd(⌘)+E + to merge with the layer below …
✗ … leaving just one layer with BOTH swirls on it.
Step #12: Curves ~
✗ Then go to: Image > Adjustments > Curves, and mess with the settings to see what looks good:
Step #13: Hue/Saturation ~
✗ Go to: Image > Adjustments > Hue & Saturation or hit the keybord shortcut Cmd (⌘) +U.
Step #14: Lens Flare ~
✗ Next, go to: Filter > Render > Lens Flare …
✗ Position the lens anywhere you like!
✗ Experiment with the settings!
Step #15: Blending Mode - AGAIN ~
✗ IF you have other background layers, set the Blending Mode of the upper layer "Overlay" or any other blending mode that shows through the background.
✗ Use Blending Modes to let ALL
your backgrounds show through!
Last Step: Save and Attach ~
✗ Save your work as - FIRST_NAME_LAST_NAME_PROJECT_NAME.psd
✗ Attach it!
• ALWAYS save your projects like this:
• DO NOT name your project any other way - Improperly named projects will not receive credit and you will be sad.
• NEVER leave your work on the desktop or depend on a flash drive - instead, save your work in a folder you can find later - preferably on a virtual drive where it can be backed up.