4.18. Whirl and Pinch

4.18.1. Overview

Figure 16.83. Example for the Whirl and Pinch filter

Example for the Whirl and Pinch filter

Original image

Example for the Whirl and Pinch filter

Filter applied

Whirl and Pinch distorts your image in a concentric way.

Whirl (applying a non-zero Whirl angle) distorts the image much like the little whirlpool that appears when you empty your bath.

Pinch, with a nil rotation, can be compared to applying your image to a soft rubber surface and squeezing the edges or corners. If the Pinch amount slider is set to a negative value, it will look as if someone tried to push a round object up toward you from behind the rubber skin. If the Pinch amount is set to a positive value, it looks like someone is dragging or sucking on the surface from behind, and away from you.

[Tip] Tip

The pinch effect can sometimes be used to compensate for image distortion produced by telephoto or fish-eye lenses (barrel distortion).

Figure 16.84. Illustration







4.18.2. Activating the filter

You can find this filter through FiltersDistortsWhirl and Pinch

4.18.3. Parameter Settings

Figure 16.85. Whirl and Pinch filter options

“Whirl and Pinch” filter options


Changes to parameters are immediately displayed into the Preview. The whirlpool is focused around the center of the current layer or selection.

Whirl angle

Clockwise or counter clockwise (-360 to +360). Controls how many degrees the affected part of the image is rotated.

Pinch amount

Whirlpool depth(-1 to +1). Determines how strongly the affected part of the image is pinched.


Whirlpool width (0.0-2.0). Determines how much of the image is affected by the distortion. If you set Radius to 2, the entire image will be affected. If you set Radius to 1, half the image will be affected. If Radius is set to 0, nothing will be affected (think of it as the radius in a circle with 0 in the center and 1 halfway out).