I created an action (.atn file) to transform an image into an orb but an orb with a twist, I mean, with a swirl and a twirl. Feel free to download it and give it a try. I tested this action in PSE 7, 10, and 11 through 2020. It worked just fine. I believe the same will hold true for PSE 8 and 9.
If you have PSE 11 and above, load the .atn file via either the Actions panel or the Effects panel.
If you have PSE 7 through 10, you need to install this action so that it can be accessed via the Action Player (Guided Edit>Automated Actions>Action Player).
Windows: C:\ProgramData\Adobe\Photoshop Elements\x.x\Locale\en_us (or your locale)\Workflow Panels\actions
Mac: Hard Drive>Library>Application Support>Adobe>Photoshop Elements>x.x>Locale>en_us (or your locale)>Workflow Panels>actions
NOTE: Before running this action, crop your image to a square.
Thank you Sepiana. I have had a quick swirl and twirl with it on my Win 10 machine with PSE 15 and it works fine.
BillieJean, thanks for trying this action! Hopefully you will share your "quick swirl and twirl" with our members.
As a side note for anyone following this thread . . .
Actions are not OS-dependent; this action should work for both Windows and Mac users. On the other hand, it is crucial that, when you record an action, you use commands that Elements will "understand". If you run an action in Elements containing commands which this program doesn't "understand", this message will pop up. Can you ignore it and click on the "Continue" button? Definitely! But the final results may not be what you had in mind.
Don't worry about this step (or any other step). The action will take care of it all.
If you loaded the .atn file via the Actions panel (Window>Actions), just click on the line that says "Sepiana's Swirly & Twirly Orbs" to select (highlight) it. Then, click on the Play button in the panel’s upper right corner. The action will run its course and stop when the effect has been achieved.
If you loaded the .atn vile via the Effects panel, just double-click on the action thumbnail to run it.
Photoshop Elements 7, Photoshop Elements 10 through 2021 Photoshop 2021 & Lightroom Classic 10 Windows 10 Pro