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Monday, 4 January 2016

Digital swirling

2016 already. I wish you all health, peace, happiness, and inspiration in whatever path you follow in 2016.
 Today a little fun to experiment with over the summer (or winter) holidays.

In 2009 I completed an on-line digital photography course with University of WA extension Ed2Go

I don't usually play around too much with Photoshop on my images other than a bit of cropping, or cloning out imperfections (though I must say I am doing a bit more now than in 2009...), but the teacher shared this really neat tool which changes your images into what I can see as gorgeous swirling glass balls.

You can see here my original photo, the Australian Native Cornflower, Brunonia australis, and the swirled image below. Stunning isn't it? 


The Native Cornflower is one of my favourite wildflowers. It is widespread over Australia. Here is a link - Atlas of Living Australia - Brunonia australis
Here is a pic of it in the wild, taken at Jibberding Reserve along the Great Northern Highway north of Wubin in Western Australia.


Here's how to do this effect using Photoshop Elements.

"Open" your image,
"Crop" the image to square,
Go to "Filter",
"Polar Coordinates" and then click the button "Polar to Rectangular",
Click "Okay",
Go to "Image",
Click on "Filter",
"Distort" ,
"Polar Coordinates" and click the button "Rectangular to Polar",
then "Okay",
and you're done. 

This technique doesn't work well with all images (ie scenery), but it is a lot of fun. 

I find it works great with flowers and I love the effect with fireworks. It is a great technique if you are wanting to create unique square greeting cards.

If you would like to find out about on-line courses through the University of WA Extension, please click here - UWA Extension and Ed2Go.

 Have fun! 

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  1. these are gorgeous! thanks for sharing. love your photography.

    happy new year!

  2. I am going to have to try this! Thanks!!

  3. Looks very effective. I've never owned or used photoshop, the possibilities sound intriguing. I had never heard of a native cornflower either - are they found only to Western Australia?

  4. Thanks Jill for sharing this with us. I love this swirling effect - it looks fabulous!

  5. These are fabulous - would look great at the bottom of a paperweight! So interesting.
    Happy New Year!
    Wren x

  6. Hello Jill, the cornflowers are lovely. I enjoy your photos and the cool edits. I do not have Photoshop, it would be neat to play around with my images. Happy New Years to you and your family. Have a great new week ahead! BTW, my camera is the Canon SX40. It does not need extra lenses, it has super zoom.

  7. Just amazing!!!! So, so beautiful!

  8. Wow - VERY cool! Thanks for the tutorial. I wonder if the same steps work in Photoshop as in Photoshop Elements? I'll have to give it a try!
    I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/01/nosey-cat-yep.html

  9. These images are fantastic... I love them
    Your photos are brilliant before this effect, but then they take on a whole new meaning with this edit.
    I've had a new camera for Christmas which I hope to get to know in the coming months so will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing and the tutorial.
    Happy New Year to you

  10. Great images! I love the swirl and totally have to try it! Thanks for the info how to do it.

  11. These are fabulous images...wish I had Photoshop....and I love cornflowers too! Happy New Year!

  12. A stunning series of shots Jill - and what fun! While I don't have Photoshop Elements, it is good of you to share the process with others who do.

  13. Fantastic!
    I am hoping to improve my photo skills this year, especially night photography (which I know nothing about)
    Have a beautiful week!

  14. These are really gorgeous. Thanks for linking in with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad Donko Photography

  15. Love Cornflowers! Happy New Year! Wishing you a faboulous 2016!

  16. The swirling glass balls are just gorgeous! They remind me so much of paperweights you used to see...blown glass balls with decorations inside. These are a lot easier to make, I would bet! :-)

  17. Wow! Those photos are gorgeous. Thanks for introducing me to the yechnique. This year I want to take a photo editing class.

  18. Ohhh thanks for the tips on how you did this. I am going to give it a go


  19. This is a neat effect Jill. I don't have PhotoShop but I'm taking an introduction to Lightroom on-line just to see if I would use it.


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