How to Draw Swirls in Photoshop

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How to Draw Swirls in Photoshop
Photoshop CS5 was launched in 2010. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Photoshop allows users to edit photos and images, use artist tools and create animation. Creating swirls may seem complicated in Photoshop. However, creating swirls is not as hard as you might think. Photoshop provides artists with the ability to create swirls using quick and simple steps through its advanced features. Even a novice can create swirls. All you need is one of the Photoshop CS3 through CS5 programs installed on your computer to create your swirls.

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    Scroll to "File" and then "New." A background will appear. Double-click "Background" under the "Layers" tab on the right side of your screen to create a new layer. Press "D" to set the foreground to black and the background colour to white.

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    Set the "Brush Tool" or click "B" on your keyboard. Scroll to the top of your page to the brush tool bar. Set the "Mode" to "Normal." Click the second icon on the toolbar to the left to change the hardness of the brush to the first box and then change the size of the brush to 60 pixels. Change the "Opacity" and "Flow" to 100 per cent.

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    Choose two of your favourite colours. For the first colour, draw a cross (+) to create four short lines. Then draw an "X" on top of the cross using the other colour. You should count eight short lines stemming from the middle of your creation. Scroll at the top of your screen and click "Filter." Scroll to "Distort" and then select "Twirl." A window will appear. Change the "Angle" to the maximum angle (999). Click "OK" and now you have a swirl effect. Save your document and you're done.

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