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Abstact 9

Posted by
Shawna (Regina, Canada) on 5 November 2008 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Okay so a lot of you guys would like to know how to do this. It is very easy. So here it is. I am using PS-CS2 so if you are not you will have to see if you can do all of the steps with your program.

1.Open an image- any image will work even crappy blurry mistakes!!
2. resize here or resize at the end
3.Filter-Pixelate-Mezzotint-short strokes
4.Filter-Blur-Radial blur-amount: 100 /method: zoom /quality: good
5.Filter-Distort-Twirl-twirl either left or right (suggested amount is 136 to the right)
6.Layer-duplicate layer
7.Filter-Distort-Twirl-opposite to the above (suggested amount is -176 to the left)
8.In the layers pallet with the "backgound copy" selected, set the layer mode from normal to lighten

You can make changes anywhere if you would like. The suggested amounts are only suggestion and I have not used them most of the time. I found this as an action and have taken the directions from it. If you know how to make an action you can do so with this if you like.
Have fun!!

NIKON D80 1/30 second F/8.0 ISO 100 200 mm

Thank you for visiting my photoblog. I am supposed to post daily but sometimes life gets in the way. Please feel free to leave a comment anytime.

João Mourão from Amadora, Portugal

now we know the secret formula. Thanks and it's been a wonderfull work to see.

5 Nov 2008 7:20am

toni from Spain

Congratulations on your photos, I found beautiful catch and good colors.
good job.

5 Nov 2008 9:24am

Fuji from Regina, Canada

Thank you for sharing.... my curiosity was getting the better of me.

5 Nov 2008 2:58pm

Veronelle from Lens, France

beautifull fraktal ! i like the colours

5 Nov 2008 3:48pm

MaryP from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Super - dooper image. This is The best for me. The colours are lovely.Thanks for the info on how to do this.

5 Nov 2008 5:11pm

marc from granby, Canada

Shawna thank for the recipe,this is cool stuff,see the results ?? tomorrow morning

5 Nov 2008 6:15pm

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

very nice!!! I'll try it!!

5 Nov 2008 10:47pm

Sandy from Ontario, United States

Awesome effect! And thanks so much for the directions on how to do it! I have CS3 and truthfully, it kinda lays dormant. Life does get in the way, not too much time for fun study. But this inspires me. Just what I need to distract me from real life...Thanks again!

6 Nov 2008 4:42am

Jason Kravitz from Brussels, Belgium

thanks for sharing your technique - I did a quick test and it looked great
mind if I post a link to this on the forum (or would you post a link on the Am3 forum)?

7 Nov 2008 11:25am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

You call it EASY!???!! Well, I have PS-CS2 and nothing in this program is easy! :O I prefer to use Lightroom and Corel but I will have to give it a try because it looks amazing!!!!

8 Nov 2008 2:13am

@Magda: Well I haven't used Lightroom or Corel so I don't know anything about those programs. The only advantage with PS is so much is geared for it.

Nini Pixel from Savigny, Switzerland

Oh j'adore..
Superb colors... and abstract is not my favorite picture but this one is so magical...

9 Nov 2008 8:35am

maryt/theteach from United States

Lots of creative photo editing! Beautiful! :)

12 Nov 2008 3:43pm

lissa from New York, United States

This one's my favorite so far and thanks for the directions

3 Dec 2008 3:29pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


10 Mar 2009 1:34pm

Bill Jennings from Bay Area California, United States

You are one Crazy redhead photographer - thanks for sharing your secrets!

3 May 2009 5:42am

Paul Hartley from Bancroft, Canada


3 May 2009 9:21pm

Picture Box from Fishers, United States

Neat. Thanks for the description on how to do it.

4 May 2009 12:53pm

Sugata from Newark, United States

Thanks a lot for the description. This is fun! Your design looks awesome!

23 Jun 2009 1:35pm

Matt from Gainesville, United States

Very cool! Thanks for the tutorial- I'm already having way too much fun with this!

24 Jun 2009 5:00am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

this is a cool tute and a very nice effect =) Thank you!

15 Oct 2009 12:52pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very impressive . . I did try this but got nothing like your super cool result so must try some more.

13 Dec 2009 5:52pm

1/30 second
ISO 100
200 mm