Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Simple Energy Swirl

Hello boys and girls, today I'll be teaching you how to make a fairly simple and quick energy swirl.

Here is a view of what we will be making:


Thing's you'll need:
•Around 5-10 minutes

Let's get started!

1. Open up Photoshop and create a new document that is square shaped. I'll be using a 500x500 canvas size.

2. Fill the background with black and go to Filters > Render > Fibers and set the Variance to 20, and the Strength to 7. Press OK

3. Next you'll go to Filters > Distort > Polar Coordinates and press OK.

4. After that you will need to blur it a bit so the lines aren't so rough. Can't have a rough energy swirl. Make your way to Filters > Blur > Radial Blur and set the Amount to 100, the Blur Method to Zoom, and the Quality to Best. Click OK

5. Now we need to lighten the white up a bit. Go to Image > Adjustments > Levels and apply the following settings.

6. Press Ctrl + J (or Command + J if you are on a Mac) to duplicate "Layer 1". Select "Layer 1 Copy" and set its Blending Mode to Screen. Next thing you'll want to do is go to Filters > Distort > Twirl and change the Angle to 250°. Press OK and then select "Layer 1". Go back to the Twirl filter, but this time change the Angle to -250°.

You should end up with something that looks like this:

7. Since black and white is a bit plain, we will spice it up with some color. Create a new Layer and name it "color". Change it's blending mode to Soft Light. Select the Gradient tool and choose a color on the left side, and leave the right side black. I chose the color #3a9693 . Start your gradient in the center of the swirl and drag it outwards. Try it a couple different time until you get an effect you like.

Here is my finished product.

That's all for today! 

I'd love to see your finished product! Feel free to upload them to and leave the link in the comments!

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