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  1. #11
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    "Great idea but seeing the original and then the abstract is the best "

    haha! wait til you see my original of it!

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  2. #12
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    I've got one or two I'll throw up there when I get home, perhaps.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

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  4. #14
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    Photo twisting and swirling
    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    One of mine.

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    Here is the original:

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  5. #15
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    Oh lord, what have I done?!?!

    Here's one of the first I did - actually I think it is the first. I learned the technique from someone who participated in a "Flip 'n Blend" photo challenge on another site. There are things you can do to take this way beyond simple twirls and it can get insane ... and pretty darn cool. Follow along if you dare/care...

    Original

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-00.jpg


    Results after the basic set of Twirl instructions in the tutorial linked above

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-01a.jpg


    OK, so this is cool, but rather unbalanced. Now, the "Flip 'n Blend" challenge was all about taking a photo and then duplicating, rotating, flipping and blending the photo on itself to create something abstract. So, I took this, duplicated it as a new layer, flipped it vertically, and applied a Darker Color blend mode...

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-01b.jpg


    Next I naturally asked, "What would happen if I rotated it and did it again?" This is what I got with a Overlay blend more and then some levels adjusting to remove the darkness.

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-01c.jpg


    At this point I saved my work and went back to Lr because I wanted to crop it square to remove the excess and the file was getting huge already so I didn't want the excess stuff on the sides floating around if I cropped but didn't delete the cropped section (I like non-destructive edits). While there I applied some Clarity and Contrast adjustments, did some sharpening and played with it some more. I then sent it back to Photoshop where I did some additional edits on the now flattened file in Color Efex Pro 4.

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-02a.jpg


    Because it was 3:30AM and I was in the midst of a battle with insomnia I then decided (IIRC - the steps are lost), why not pull the shadows and send it to Topaz Glow and see what happens. I took the result and blended it in Color mode to get this.

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-02.jpg


    So here, once again I saved my work and went back to Lr thinking I was done. And I was for a couple hours, at which point I thought, "What the hell else can I do with this?!"

    I go back to my previous image and send it back to Ps and say, "Let's twirl it again!!", which I do, and it's cool but the center is rather bright (I'm going to save on posting some intermediate steps here). I then decide to send it to Silver Efex Pro to see what blending it with a B&W of itself will do. I don't get the contrast I want from the normal Luminosity mode blend I do, but in Darken I get some very distinct detail in the center. I replicate the B&W layer and blend again with a Multiple mode which was also cool on its own and it now makes the center pop but everything else is WAY too dark. On goes the layer mask and now I have this...

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-03a.jpg


    It's a little too defined so I change the blend mode to Lighter Color and put a gradient mask on to keep the edges darker. Now more flip 'n bend. Here I've lost the steps in my workflow because I flattened some steps. IIRC, I used a Camera Raw or other Distortion filter to enlarge the center section, then duplicated, rotated, blended and wound up with this (after replicating the result, going to Silver Efex Pro 2 and applying a Luminosity mask to only the white sections since they were getting very hot)...

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-03b.jpg

    (Edit Note: looking at it again I see a seam running between 10 & 11 o'clock so I now vaguely remember either doing some sort of replication, extraction, tiny world sort of nonsense. I still can't tell you what, but it was more than just a simple distortion.)

    But wait, there's more!! I decide to replicate it and rotate it 45 degrees and blend again (I'm thinking Lighter Color, but it's lost). Because I get hard edges on the 45 degree rotation I need to apply another gradient mask to hide the lines. Then back to Lr where I crop in about 10% boost the clarity, shadows, and saturation, and sharpen. Voila!!

    Photo twisting and swirling-flipnbend-03.jpg


    I could have stopped at a lot of points along the line, which speaks to the potential insanity built in to this effect. Still, it's a great way to beat the boredom some days. LOL
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  6. #16
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    Suddenly, I have this terrific urge to listen to some Hendrix.......

  7. #17
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    Quote Originally Posted by SteveL54 View Post
    Suddenly, I have this terrific urge to listen to some Hendrix.......
    After I did my first one I thought, "Hmmmm. If I do enough of these, make metal prints and bring them to Denver to sell at an evening street fair..." Could be the new black light poster. LOL
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  8. #18
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    After I did my first one I thought, "Hmmmm. If I do enough of these, make metal prints and bring them to Denver to sell at an evening street fair..." Could be the new black light poster. LOL
    Combine some pizza and abstracts... you'll make a mint!
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  9. #19
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    I've already had some Facebook friends want me to make 11X19 prints with black frames. They don't want a really nice photo of crater lake that I hiked into under 10 deg. weather and 2 foot of snow... but the same dang photo twisted... they want. Go figure.
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  10. #20
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    Re: Photo twisting and swirling

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorHippie View Post
    After I did my first one I thought, "Hmmmm. If I do enough of these, make metal prints and bring them to Denver to sell at an evening street fair..." Could be the new black light poster. LOL
    I would totally buy it! But better still, I think I'll invest a lot of time and money and make my own crazy abstract. Or not. Yours are so good! I wish you success! But don't hesitate because you may have lots of competition.
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