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Deke's Techniques 590: Twirling a Portrait in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 590: Twirling a Portrait in Photoshop

In this weeks free Deke's Techniques movie, Deke shows you how to quickly apply his twirling system to an actual human face.

Oh, sure, twirling is cool. But the real secret to this techniques (once you learn the sequence and interplay of Photoshop filters that Deke shared last week), is that smart objects are named after the smart people who remember to use them.

In other words, if you start with last week's project, all you have to do is open up any of the smart (four) smart objects and replace the candy image with a face. Like perhaps this lovely colorful creature from Dreamstime.com.

A colorful portrait from dreamstime.com

Who with a quick replacement, an 180 degree spin, and a few layer style tweaks becomes this:

A portrait twirled in Photoshop

It's so easy I couldn't resist giving myself a twirl. Here I am in the British Museum. Don't I look suitably scholarly and artistically mysterious?

Another twirled portrait of Colleen Wheeler

If you're a member of Lynda.com, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how to increase the resolution of these twirly images without losing your mind waiting for high-res originals to work through processor intensive Photoshop filters.

Deke's Techniques, putting a new spin on portraits. Read more » 

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Deke's Techniques 588: Creating Twirl Art in Photoshop

Deke's Techniques 588: Creating Twirl Art in Photoshop

In this week's free Deke's Techniques episode, Deke shows you how to create retro-yet-trendy twirl art using some retro and not-at-all trendy but still useful filters in Photoshop.

Specifically, he takes this colorful candy photo from our friends at Dreamstime:

Colorful candy from Dreamstime.com

 

And twirls it into this, using Photoshop filters Radial Blur (sure), Twirl (naturally), and Mezzotint (never heard of it before).

Candy photo twirled in Photoshop

 

If you're a member of Lynda.com and a fan of twirling your day away, Deke's got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he created this symmetrical version of the piece.

Twirl art made symmetrical

I think I see a colorful wizard. Hmmm, twirl art as self-portrait, Deke?

Deke's Techniques, showing you how to twirl new worlds into being. Read more » 

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Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

Deke’s Techniques 008: Reflecting a Face in Shattered Glass

This week I take a photo of an everyday average woman screaming her brains out and double-map her onto a photograph of shattered glass (both from the Fotolia image library). Is she singing so loudly she breaks a mirror? Or is she a photo stuck behind the glass, shouting to get out? I ask those questions twice more inside the video, so please enjoy my repetition. Read more » 

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