Droste Effect Spiral Photography



The Droste effect, in general, is simply about having an image within an image. It doesn't have to be a spiraling image. However, people do love the spiral effect of an image "spinning into itself". This is a challenge to make with paints or pencils, to get just right. Luckily, in our digital age, it becomes much easier.

Advanced Photoshop owners can use plug-ins, but for the rest of us, including me with "just" the basic version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11, those plug-ins don't work. Luckily, salvation comes in the form of a free website that lets you easily do it online. That website is PhotoSpiralysis.com.

I love the internet :).

OK, to start with, it's best to have a square image with the center of your spiral destination right at its center. So do your work in Photoshop or whatever other tool you have to create that centered square. Here is mine - an origami lotus flower I made.

Droste Effect Spiral Photography

I next went to PhotoSpiralysis.com and loaded in that file. Now you've got all sorts of options to click. I went with the "circle" option and then tweaked the magnification to 2, the spirals to 6, and the stretch to 1.5. You can of course use whatever settings best fits your image.

Droste Effect Spiral Photography

Voila!

Droste Effect Spiral Photography

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