Now we’re going to create the interlaced circles. Before we can do this, we’ll need to create an interlaced pattern. Start by creating a new 100×100 pixels document.
Select the Rectangular Marquee tool then, in the Options bar, set the style to “Fixed Size”, width to 100%, and height to 25px.
Click to create a selection like shown in the image below.
Create a new layer (Layer > New > Layer or Ctrl/Cmd+Shift+N). Fill the selected area with black. You can do this by going to Edit > Fill, setting the contents to black, then clicking OK.
Duplicate the layer (Layer > Duplicate Layer or Ctrl/Cmd+J).
Go to Filter > Other > Offset. This filter is a great tool whenever you want to move an object precisely. We’re going to move it by 50 pixels down so set the Vertical setting to +50 then click OK.
We’re going to rotate the image 45 using the crop tool. Before we do this, go to the View menu and make sure that you have the “Snap” and “Snap To > Document Bounds” option selected.
Select the Crop tool then create a crop are of the entire image. To do this, just drag from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.
Rotate it by 45°. To do this, position your cursor outside the bounding box then drag. As you drag, hold down the Shift key so that Photoshop rotates it in 15° increments.
Drag the outer four handles towards the center. It should snap to the document edge.
Go to Edit > Define Pattern. Set the name to “Diagonal Interlace” then click OK.
Now that we’re done creating this pattern, close this file (File > Close) without saving and switch back to the original project.
First, make sure you have the top layer selected. Now select the Ellipse tool and, in the Options bar, click on the Shape layers button and set the style to “Default Style (None)”. Click on the drop down arrow to bring up then Ellipse Options then select Circle.
Start by drawing a circle somewhere where you want to add an interlaced circle to.
You’ll get a new Solid Color layer as the top layer.
Go to Layer > Layer Style > Blending Options. Set the Fill Opacity to 0%. Don’t click OK yet.
Select the Pattern Overlay layer style. Set the blend mode to Screen and pattern to the “Diagonal Interlace” pattern we just created. Adjust the Scale option to get the results that you like. Click OK to apply the changes.
Here’s what my interlace looks like at 50%. This will vary depending on your documents image size.
Rename this layer to Interlaced Circles. Make sure you have the vector mask selected. It should have a black and white outline around the thumbnail to indicate that it is selected.
Select the Ellipse tool. In the Options bar, click on the “Add to Shape Area (+)” button. This will let you add more circles to the vector mask.
Draw a few more circles. If you make a mistake with a circle, just press Ctrl/Cmd+Z to undo then try again. Don’t create too many because we’ll be adding more later. The ones you’re drawing now will appear in front of the girl. The ones you’ll be drawing next will appear behind her. Here’s how I added the circles.
Duplicate the “Interlaced Circles” layer by pressing Ctrl/Cmd+J or going to Layer > Duplicate Layer. Move this layer below the layer of the girl.
Add more circles just like what you did earlier. Make sure you have the vector mask of this layer selected then use the Ellipse tool to add more circles. Here’s what the image looks like so far.