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Category Archives: Twirls

In eight easy steps I changed this baby shower cake …

baby shower cake

into another one of my twirls…

baby shower cake twirl

I learned how to do this from Digital Darkroom Techniques.

wreath twirl happy holidays small

Seasons Greetings: This Happy Holidays twirl started out as a Christmas wreath I purchased to hang on my front door.

For origin and trivia on the Christmas wreath and other holiday traditions visit

Photo of the Week series: Every Sunday in 2012 I will either share a photo from my archives or something new I just can’t wait to get feedback on for future art shows/exhibits.

Blogger participation: My hope is to receive enough input on each week’s photo to later post a Bloggers’ Choice of the Month and wrap up 2012 with a Bloggers’ Choice of the Year.

I used a child’s pinwheel to create these twirls in Photoshop. To create the feature photo, I placed the pinwheel on a dark surface and did not use flash.

For the second twirling digital art effect, I used red material as background and flash. Then I applied what I learned from contributing photographer Adrian Harvey on the blog Digital Darkroom Techniques. For both, I also chose darken instead of lighten in Step 7 of Harvey’s tutorial to produce another more dramatic twirl.

Another Photoshop twirl guessing game for Isabella and anyone else who wants to play along. A couple hints: Its original shape is round. It is made of plastic.

March 22 update: It is a beach ball, taken outside on the green grass! Maybe this one was a little too easy, with the hints and all. Guessed in less than 12 hours! :)

Another Photoshop twirl I just had to share with everyone. Thought I would play a guessing game with you all.