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Abstract twirls


I found an amazing blog the other day which, among many other interesting things, had a tutorial that explained how to achieve this fascinating effect with PS. I’ve been playing around with some of my photos for a week, and these are my favorite results. Enjoy!


132 thoughts on “Abstract twirls

  1. These are so awesome and pretty looking. I love it!

  2. Loving your work, my favorite are of course number 2, 5 and 6. Kudos. Luc

  3. Now thats pretty cool..:-)

  4. How fun!!! I have a few minutes before my daughter wakes up and I am going to try it right now. Who needs to get ready for the day? I’d rather do this.

  5. These are just way cool ! Great job Belen

  6. Beautiful abstract designs and lovely colors.

  7. Precioso! Me encantan los fractales. De quΓ© eran las fotos que usaste?

  8. Awesome!! πŸ˜‰ Thx for link to blog and directions. You go Creatrix!!

  9. I’ve no idea how you did this, Photoshop – is something I’ve never touched and to be honest, scares me – especially when I see people creating wonderful things like this! πŸ™‚ I will leave Photoshop to the people who know what they are doing, like you, for me, it’s something to be very afraid of lol.

    • It’s such a simple process, Sam! And life is too short and bumpy to let fear stop you from doing cool and crazy stuff, I should know. A year ago I didn’t know a thing about PS, I just found a bunch of great tutorials and tried my hand at it, and I sure had a lot of fun learning :).

  10. Those are just gorgeous!!! Fantastic job! I’m off to check that blog out!

  11. Just beautiful. Amazing.

  12. I would love to see what the original photos looked like.

    • I’ve posted some of them here before, Bonnie. Some were of flowers, other were of sunsets, I went through my archives looking for pictures with bright colors, and I’m pretty happy that they look good even when they’re nothing like the original πŸ™‚

  13. Very cool images; it’s amazing to me what we can create, using all the digital tools at our disposal today. Cheers!

    • Thanks, Steve! I’m in love with the digital darkroom and all the fascinating things I can do in there. And it’s so easy to learn how to use PS or any other software for free, that I know I’ll never have a moment of boredom :).

  14. I’m with smileonlife. For my birthday, I had the choice between Photoshop and Corel, and I chose Corel because it seems more user-friendly to me. Technology and I have a love-hate relationship, so I can appreciate what you were able to do here!


  15. Really cool, might have to try that out myself!

  16. That is so cool! I can’t wait to try it. What were the original pictures of?

  17. So cool!

  18. Wow, this is so cool and beautiful- great work πŸ™‚

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  20. Beautiful work Belen, thanks for checking out the community blog Digital darkroom Techniques pass on the word!

  21. Fantastic… Amazing Abstract,,, LOVELY…!!!

  22. Oh wow! These are really beautiful πŸ™‚ It looks like you had a lot of fun. I LOVE the blue and purple one! πŸ™‚

  23. wow, these are so creative and absolutely beautiful!!!! πŸ˜€ Well done!

  24. Wow – so vibrant and gorgeous!

  25. Very interesting effect! I’ll have to give it a go sometime!! πŸ™‚ Thanks for swinging by and checking out my 50mm Experiment!

  26. really neat images you have produced! πŸ˜€

  27. these are super cool–I have to check out that tutorial. nice work.

  28. Fantastic πŸ™‚

  29. I really like these, Belen. They’re awesome! I’m going to have to give this a try. Thank you! πŸ™‚

  30. These are so cool! Love the colors and abstract shapes. Me too, I think I’ll give this one a try. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Hey I just added you to my blogroll sorry it took so long! Thanks for adding me. You should have told me that you did. Could have returned the favour!
    Keep up the brilliant photography.

    • Thank you for adding me to your blogroll! I didn’t tell you that I added your blog to mine because I don’t see it as an obligation, to me it’s just a list of my the blogs I enjoy visiting. Glad you enjoy mine, too, and thanks for the compliment and encouragement πŸ™‚

  32. Fabulous! Aperture user myself, so these are out of my range. They are beautiful, nice work.

  33. Robin sent me, a first-time visitor … and I will thank her for doing so … well done.

  34. Great job! Beautiful abstracts πŸ™‚

  35. Excellent work and thanks for the link! I just made it into an action, I’m lazy like that πŸ™‚

  36. Amazing stuff…. Very nice…

  37. I’ve got to admit I’m not normally a fan of Photoshop filters, not that I think it’s cheating, just that they produce a result which might look like art but in fact we could all do it.

    Having said that, I really like what you’ve done here, there is an originality about the images, and while I guess we could all go off and do something similar, we haven’t, but you have, and that’s what makes you a true artist – and you’ve come up with some beautiful images. These would look great as posters.
    One thing I’d like to see, me being nosey, is what the original image looked like, any chance you could post an example?
    Keep experimenting!

    • I have lots of fun playing around in PS, trying new tutorials and improving my photos, but in the end, I was the one who took the original picture, and that’s something no one else could have done, because everyone’s work is unique and original. All these abstracts were done from pictures that I took, so no one else could have the same ones. To me, art is about pouring myself and my soul into what I do, not about using processing software or not, so there’s no way anyone else could do the exact same work I do. Just my opinion on the matter, but different opinions are always welcome here :).
      Glad you like these, it flatters me since it’s not something you would usually like. I’ve actually posted some of the pictures these were done from, the last one was one of the pansies in “Spring beauties”, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th were sunset shots I haven’t posted yet but will post soon, and the first one was a rose, but the original shot wasn’t very good.
      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment, Malcolm! πŸ™‚

  38. Oh, these are beautiful! You should print and fill a wall with them!

  39. One word to describe your photos, Beautiful.

  40. Thanks for the post… sorry a little late just stumbled upon your blog. Love the abstracts and keep experimenting.

  41. great colors and the softness is superb.

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  43. I simply MUST try this. I love the color and the softness you have achieved with these.

    • Hmmm…. the tutorial is for Elements so I will have to modify it for Photoshop. Not out of the realm of possibility!

      • I have no idea what the difference is. I have PS CS5 extended, and it worked. Good luck with the tutorial, but most important, have fun! And thanks for stopping by!

      • I also use CS5 extended – And I did a baker’s dozen almost immediately! So easy and everyone is oohing and ahhing over my “pure genius!” My nephew uses Elements and there are some differences – I prefer my Ps to his Elements and vice versa – it is all what one is used to…

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  45. Thank you for the comments about my “Sunset Cliffs” photos.

    Love the twirls!

  46. Oh wow these are amazing!

  47. Fantastic! might try that…

  48. Pretty indeed they are. Not surprisingly, some of them remind me of flowers.

    Steve Schwartzman

  49. Wow—a new thing to play with. Those are beautiful—thanks for sharing!

  50. Breathtaking photos. Just beautiful. How do you do it?!

  51. amazing and fun art you created from your images! Light filled, painting with pixels. I will have to check that out for fun…
    I am just trying to figure out all this stuff, uploading my first gallery of sorts… so much to learn and so many choices to make! Most of my work has been posted on Flickr (starlisa) or facebook and this is a new experience. Thanks for liking my post!

    • Have fun trying the tutorial out! As you can see, the results can be very beautiful.
      Welcome to WordPress! In the almost year I’ve had this blog, I’ve discovered it’s by far the best hosting site I’ve ever tried. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here or e-mail me. Good luck with your blog :).

  52. These are very cool, love your creativity with them. Awesome work!

  53. Keep playing! Very cool!

  54. these are so beautiful! The colours are incredible x

  55. Wow! These are amazing! πŸ™‚

  56. Awesome! Thanks for the link.

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