Quick Tip: How to Create Fun Spirographs and Fractals

Quick Tip: How to Create Fun Spirographs and Fractals

Here's what my image looks like simply by changing the "Transform current layer" step and making the transform tool scale the layers width and height by 110%.

It wasn't exactly what I wanted so I deleted all the layers and made it transform the width and height by 105% instead of 110%.

Final Results

From here on, it's up to you to experiment with different looks. As you start experimenting, you'll find new ways of creating not just spirographs, but random fractals. Here's another example of what you can create.

Example 1

  1. Duplicate layer.
  2. Free transform - Angle: 5º, Horizontal Skew: 10º
  3. Offset (Filter > Other > Offset) - 10 pixels from the top and left.
  4. Hue/Saturation - 10º Hue

Example 2

    1. Duplicate layer.
    2. Free transform - Angle: 9º
    3. Hue/Saturation - 9º Hue

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24 comments on “Quick Tip: How to Create Fun Spirographs and Fractals”

  1. on CS6 I can't see in the filter>other>offset option the top and right pixels ..........it's showing me exactly opposite to put values ..........down and left...ugh

    1. You reveal all of Photoshop Filters you first need to go to Edit - Preferences - Plug-Ins... and check Show All Filter Gallery Groups and Names.

  2. where is the vector path option in photoshop and how to de select it and how to create only outlines of the shape.......... I use CS5 portable version

  3. Do people a favor and test your tutorials next time. The ellipse rotation tutorial gives indeed the result that we see in the screenshot, but once you press ENTER, everything inside disappears and what is left is only the outline of that image.

    1. Thanks for the tip! You need to have your vector paths deselected. We updated the instructions to make it more clear.

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