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Geometric Deconstruction Effect in Photoshop

teacher avatar Jaz Infante, Designer // AIGA Board Member

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    • 1. Introduction

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A quick and easy photoshop tutorial that explains how to achieve this geometric spiral effect. 

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Jaz Infante

Designer // AIGA Board Member


Hello, I'm Jaz! I'm a full-time visual designer and Board Member for the AIGA Los Angeles chapter. 

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1. Introduction: Hey everyone, My name is Jasmine and find a name. A visual designer from Los Angeles, California. And I'm here today on Skillshare to take you through this Photoshop tutorial that I call the geometric deconstruction of fact. I don't know if that's the official name for it. I don't know if there even is an official name for it, but that's what I referred to it as. So first things first a shout out to unveil uplink are Lu, from, from Unsplash for this image. I think it's a really cool image and it definitely lended itself to this effect. So credit, where credit is due. But this effect is deceptively simple. Once you learn the technique, you can apply it on any kind of photograph and you can automate most of it. So it looks like it takes a lot of time. It looks like it's really complicated, but it's surprisingly easy. And it's first of all, there's a lot you can do with it. So this is my interpretation of it, but I've seen people do something like this. Also using circles, but you can also use different shapes as well. So there's something like this. Using an oxidized, you can use rectangles, you can use really complex shapes as well if you create the path for it. So we're going to dive into it immediately and get started. And like I said, it's a lot simpler than it looks, but the end result is definitely really cool. So let's get started. 2. Lesson: First thing I'm gonna do is I'm going to set my shape. You can do this with any shape. Some regular rectangles are core. But I've found that using a an ellipse or a circle is the easiest way to do this. So I'm going to actually go ahead and set my circle right about where I want my first kind of spiral layer to start right about there. So now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to select this by using Command and then selecting the layer thumbnail. So that creates a selection that I'm going to go into my background layer and do Command J, which basically does a layer, a copy of that selection, be a new air. If you're a command, a set differently, if you have a custom command. The other way you can do this as if you go to layer, new layer via Copy. That's the exact same command there. Awesome. So now I have my first layer. Let me just show you really quickly what this has done. So this new layer they've made, if I click Transform and extract to rotate it, you can see already exactly where this is going, right? This is just the first step. I'm going to leave that alone for right now. So what I'm gonna do is gonna go back to my ellipse. And I'm actually going to transform it. And I'm going to make sure that my proportions are locked, that it scales them equally. And we're going to drop this down to 85 percent. That should be about right. Awesome. Okay. So now transformed it 85 percent. Now I'm going do the exact same thing we're gonna do Command select to create the selection. Go to my background layer and do Command J, and move this layer up. Okay, now here's the part that you can automate. So I'll go back up to my ellipse here. And if I go to edit transform, you see this transform again. So I have it set to Shift Command T. Most of you will have it set. That's kinda like the default. So it remembers the last transform that you did. So this part is going to be crucial as we start going through all of our layers. So I'm going to go ahead and do Shift Command T. As you can see, it is remembered my last transform, which was 85 percent. And so it's remembering that and applying it again. And so now I'll do my command select again to select my ellipse, go to my background layer Command J to make a Layer via Copy. Now go back up here again, Shift Command T, select it. Back here. Command J. Here we go. So now this is just a step and repeat, repeat process of just kind of repeating this as many times as you feel you have to. I've found that about 10 to 12 layers is kinda like the sweet spot depending on the image. But you can get as, as beggars as small as you want with it. So I'm gonna go ahead and do the rest of my layers, layers, and then I'll see you back here shortly. All right, we're back and I've done the same process that step or impure of the transform, the command J to make the copy of the layer. I've done that now ten times as you can see here in my layers panel. So now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to select all of these layers and Command T to transform them again. This time, I want to transform them. Let's see. I'm going to do about, let's do right about there looks good. And so basically what I'm looking at is kinda making this angle down here, kind of making it aligned to the way they wanted to. So that looks about good right there. So I will hit Return and lock that in. So now what I'll do is I'll command select the bottom most layer right here, and then do the exact same thing that I did before, the transform again, which remembers the last transform that we did. So in this case it was the angle that we've done. So if I do Shift Command T again, you'll see it automatically has transformed it for me. Now do deselect this one by command, selecting it again, Command T. There we go. And so it's just a step and repeat here as well. And as I'm doing this, I'm just watching my layers panel so that if I, if I look at the screen, I get a little bit distracted in a and messing up what I'm doing. So I'm just focusing on my Layers panel and I'm not really looking at the final result just yet. Okay, Awesome. So I already here you can kind of see where we've done most of the work already. So this is looking really good to me. And from here now that I've kind of got me my base layer setup, what I wanna do is kind of eyeballing and finesse a little bit more. So what I'll do is especially like down in here, I like these first three rings, but as we get down here, I think it needs to be. Angle just a little bit more. So I'll go ahead and select these five and then just manually transform them. So I kind of come around like that to something like this. And there's no, there's no exact science to this is just a matter of what looks good to you and how, how do you want to get with it? All right, awesome. So now this is basically done. The last final trick tweaks that we can do is if you want to add some kind of other effects. So something that I've done in the past is adding a drop shadow to each of these circles that, that looks pretty cool. So I'll show you what that looks like. I do a drop shadow and then just copy the Layer Style and then paste it. And gives me kind of an effect like that. So that can be pretty cool. Um, what I did in my final one, I'll show you my final one. So as you can see, you see all my layers here. And the metope one is just color corrected. So I went into Lightroom and so what they did is a, let me just hide this real quick. That data Shift Command E, which makes a flattened version of all of this. And so then I went into Filter, Camera Raw Filter. And so this basically pulls up the Light Room panel that we're familiar with. And so in here I just did a couple of color correction. I think I did a calibration and change the blue on here, something like that. And then it does some, the reds as well. Kind of a bit more orange and teal kind of give it up that cinematic look. And then as far as basics, I think drop the exposure that drop the highlights, bit more texture and clarity. Kind of something like that. And then they added a radial filter. Let me just do that really quickly. Chopped down the texture in here, boost the, boosted the D Hayes. And so once you give it to your liking them in all kinds of options in here with changing the temperature. You know, this is, this looks kind of cool too. If I were to change this, give it more of a sepia tone. Basically you set everything in here, click, Okay. And then now it's applied to that filter or to that layer in Photoshop. The reason that I flattened the layer where I had to do that Command Shift E to merge all the layers into a new layer was because the camera raw filter only works on a single layer at a time. So if I were to try to do a camera raw filter, when I had all of these separate layers, basically it would just take the layer that's selected, which is not what we want. We want to apply this globally, which is why you have to find it first. So there we go. That's just a quick and easy tutorial on how to do this. In fact, there's so many things that you can do with, like I said, you can do rectangles, you can do different scales, different sizes. The photo that you pick also has a big effect on it as well. So see I have this other one here that I did using that drop shadow effect also from Unsplash. And this has a different vibe to it then than even the other one before. So there's lots of possibilities with this effect. I think it's really cool and quick and easy effect that you can do in Photoshop. Thanks everyone and good luck. Let me know if you have any questions.