The twist/twirl effect is achieved with a combination of techniques I've already discussed:

Combining these will give us a 'twisting' effect. Unfortunately, this is almost impossible to explain without pictures.

Unlike the previous examples where I used shaders to explain each component, it will be easier to explain this with some graphs. In the graph each color represents a different height, so from our circle-equation we get:

From the tangent-equation we get:

Twisting is essentially a spiral, and we can generate a spiral by stepping out a constant amount towards the radius as we progress around a circle. For example, we start at 0 degrees, at 0% of a step away, then move to 45 degrees at 12.5% of a step towards the radius, then move to 90 degrees at 25% of the radius, and so on.

This is shown in the image below:

Now, to generate a twist we can simply add our constant step away (in the form of the 'r'(radius) graph/image) with our rotation around a circle (in the form of the 'a'(angle) graph/image). This generates our final graph:

We use this equation to sample from our texture.

In GLSL shader code, we have:

To animate our spiral and make it spin, we just need to add a offset to our "a+r" value. To make the spiral scroll the texture "inwards" we can just add an offset to the "r" value.

This will give us our final animating spiral:

- The circle equation, from the XOR bitplasma example

- The angle for each pixel, from the Tunnel example.

Radius (r) |

Unlike the previous examples where I used shaders to explain each component, it will be easier to explain this with some graphs. In the graph each color represents a different height, so from our circle-equation we get:

` float r = sqrt(dot(p,p))/sqrt(2.0); `

From the tangent-equation we get:

` float a = atan(p.y,p.x) / (2.0*3.1416); `

Angle (a) |

Twisting is essentially a spiral, and we can generate a spiral by stepping out a constant amount towards the radius as we progress around a circle. For example, we start at 0 degrees, at 0% of a step away, then move to 45 degrees at 12.5% of a step towards the radius, then move to 90 degrees at 25% of the radius, and so on.

This is shown in the image below:

Now, to generate a twist we can simply add our constant step away (in the form of the 'r'(radius) graph/image) with our rotation around a circle (in the form of the 'a'(angle) graph/image). This generates our final graph:

We use this equation to sample from our texture.

In GLSL shader code, we have:

` `

uniform vec2 resolution;

uniform sampler2D tex;

void main(void) {

vec2 p = -1.0 + 2.0 * gl_FragCoord.xy / resolution.xy;

vec2 uv;

float a = atan(p.y,p.x) / (2.0*3.1416);

float r = sqrt(dot(p,p))/sqrt(2.0);

uv.x = r;

uv.y = a+r;

vec3 col = texture2D(tex,uv).xyz;

gl_FragColor = vec4(col,1.0);

}

Square color texture |

To animate our spiral and make it spin, we just need to add a offset to our "a+r" value. To make the spiral scroll the texture "inwards" we can just add an offset to the "r" value.

Twist with the square color texture |

This will give us our final animating spiral: