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  Tutorials Photoshop Special Effects Tornado Effect

Tornado Effect

Step 1

Create A New Document of any size, I'm using 400x400 Pixels in size, for this example.

Flood fill the background with black (#000000)

Step 2

Press Ctrl + N on your keyboard to create a new layer.

Go to: Filter->Render->Clouds.

Go to: Filter->Distort->Twirl with a setting of around 236:

image 1

Step 3

Press Ctrl + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation window and apply the following settings:

image 2

Step 4

Duplicate this layer. On the duplicate layer, set its Blending Mode to "Lighten".

Press Ctrl + J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer, and change the blending mode of this layer to "lighten":

image 3

Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard to repeat the "Twirl" filter one time.

Step 5

Press Ctrl + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation window once again, and apply the following settings:

image 4

Step 6

Create a new layer.

Go to "Filter->Render->Clouds".

Go to "Filter->Distort->Twirl". and apply a setting of -236 as pictured below:

image 5

Set that layer's Blending Mode of this layer to "Lighten".

image 3

Step 7

Press Ctrl + U on your keyboard to bring up the Hue/Saturation box, and check the "colorize" box and move the sliders around to get a good looking color.

I suggest choosing your own colors for this layer, and the next, as they will look good with pretty much any color.

Although, I highly suggest that you choose a light color for this effect.

Step 8

Press Ctrl + J on the keyboard to duplicate this layer.

Press Ctrl + F, on your keyboard to repeat the Twirl filter once more.

Repeat Step 7, but use a different color.

Step 9

You are now done!

Add some text or other stuff if you want, these look great as a banner background, or even a forum signature.

My outcome:

Tornado Effect

   
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