11. To add more depth to the composition and variety to the swirls, we’ll use a combination of Distort tools on the swirl layer we created in Step 9. So create a duplicate swirl layer and, using the Warp tool (Edit > Transform > Warp), start experimenting with the vertices till you get a good shape. This will require you to pull the vertices horizontally and vertically. Now go Filter > Distort > Shear and again experiment, then finally open Filter > Liquify and, using the Liquify palette, start manipulating the swirls. Vary the colour of the swirls, too – I’ve added violet and green alongside the yellow. This step may take some time, so be patient.


12. Duplicate the swirl layer around 30 times, arranging them around the eye layer as seen here. Adding more layers will give the illustration extra depth and texture so feel free to experiment with this effect. Experiment with adding layer masks to erase parts you don’t want, to create a more 3D effect. Finally group all these layers – including the eye layer – and merge them.


13. Open the chopstick photo and delete the background (including the mushroom) using the Pen tool, then drag and drop it into your working document behind the swirls layer. Flip the chopsticks horizontally, resize the image and rotate it. Repeat this process three times and arrange the hands as shown in the screenshot. Here I’ve added a dark violet hue to two of the hands and an aqua hue to the smallest hand using the Image > Adjustments > Hue/Saturation controls.