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Twirl a specific area of an image

When you click or drag an area in your image with the Twirl tool, it rotates the areas inside the brush around in a circle, creating a twirl. You can use Twirl to add a wavy look to an image, create twirls, or other artistic effects.


  1. Do one of the following:
    • Choose Tools > Reshape > Twirl (from the Tools menu at the top of your screen).
    • In the Tools sidebar, click or choose if from the grouped tools.
  2. In the Tool Options pane, customize the Twirl tool:

    Brush Size: Drag the Brush Size slider to adjust the size of the Twirl tool brush. Hold down the Option ⌥ key to extend the range of the Brush Size slider beyond 100%. You can also manually enter a value from 0% to 200%.


    Strength: Drag the Strength slider to adjust the intensity of the twirling effect.


    Twirl Right: Click to twirl the area clockwise.

    Twirl Left: Click to twirl the area counterclockwise.

    Tip: You can use the [ and ] keys on your keyboard to change the size of the Twirl tool brush.

  3. Click and hold down or drag an area of your image to twirl it.


Show Original: Click the Show Original button or press Control ⌃ + M on your keyboard to see what the image looked like before you twirled anything in it.

Click Reset to discard all the current changes made with the Twirl tool.


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