Add Movement With Swirls
by Jen White
(Previously published by Barb Brookbank in 2012)
Using a common element along with the Distort Filter, add a swirl to your document that will give the illusion of movement.
Step One: Prepare Your Workspace
- Create a new 12×12 inch document (File > New > Blank File) at 300ppi with a white background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
- Download the leaf to practice with.
- Open the leaf3-AutumnDays-KristinCroninBarrow.png file from the download folder.
- Get the Move tool.
- Click on the leaf and drag it onto the new document.
Note: This technique will work well with most any object that has a transparent background. It does not work well with objects that are already round, like a button.
Step Two: Distort the Leaf
- In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Twirl.
- In the dialog box, click the Zoom Out icon until you can see the entire leaf in the preview window.
- Click and drag the Angle slider all the way to the right.
- Click OK.
Step Three: Double the Effect (Optional)
- Press Ctrl F (Mac: Cmd F) to run the filter again with the same settings. (PS: Press Right Click Ctrl F (Mac: Ctrl Cmd F) to repeat the filter.)
Step Four: Transform the Shape
- Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
- On the document, hold down the Ctrl key (Mac: Cmd key), and click and drag the bottom right corner handle of the bounding box up and to the left.
- Click the checkmark to commit the change.
Page: Autumn Memories by Barb Brookbank
Photo: Barb Brookbank
Kit: Autumn Days by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Poem: Elsie N. Brady
Font: Pea Snoflake
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