Use Transform shortcuts in PS to create effects

At times it is funny to play with shortcuts to create more complex shapes.

Today I was literally playing with the shapes and the transform tool when I remembered a good old automatisation you must have seen on the internet before. If not, it’s really worth to learn as it helps you create very good effects with low effort and in a blink of an eye.

To follow this tutorial

  • you have to be familiar with the custom shape tool in your toolbar
  • you must already know a bit about how to add new shapes
  • you must be familiar with copying layers, flattening layers
  • you must be familiar with selection tools

Anyhow, if you miss any of these steps but want to check anyhow, send a comment and I will help you.

So, I am out to create this:


For that I will use a shape from the custom shape tool. The shape is in the “banners and awards” to append on your list if you do not already have it. This is the shape I chose it’s filled with yellow with a thin light blue stroke



New step: copy the layer and work on the copy go to edit>transform or choose cmd+t (Mac) ctrl+t (pc).

Turn it some few angles clockwise or¬†counterclockwise. Don’t overdo this step, just some few angles, just turn it slightly.


When you are happy with it it’s time to ‘play piano’ on your keyboard. Which means you have to hit a four fingers combination


cmd+shift+alt+t on a Mac

ctrl+shift+alt+t on a PC

This will perform some actions for you. It will copy and paste the layer and keep on rotating it at every automatic copy created. So basically you keep on hitting that combination and your shape will keep on turning the same angle as your first copy on every new layer. You can continue until you think it’s done, you can perform this action basically endlessly.

If you are annoyed by the huge amount of layers created, you can flatten your image. Go to menu layer>flatten image

The “flower” in the middle is a brush. The brush I used is a snowflake. The process is: I brushed on a new empty layer, selected the coloured brush, copied it in a new layer, turned slightly and then repeated the four fingers choice until I felt I liked it.

And done!

GOOD NEWS: you can use this expedient with: images, brushes, shapes….Just go wild with your creativity and have some fun!

BAD NEWS: you will experience a loss in quality. Creating a similar effect with vectors, I saved a copy of the original one to cover the last ‘turning layer’. Write me if you need further explanations.

That will be all for me, stay creative and I’ll catch’ya on the b-side!


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