Do you want to know how it's done? Learn how to use Photoshop the easy way!
I became inspired for this tutorial from seeing some of the old spirograph designs on a web site I was checking out. Photoshop has made it so easy to to make designs of this nature. One of the great things about this tutorial which is different from all my others, is that you CAN NOT make a mistake with this one. I hereby challenge each and every one of you to use this technique and come up with something that looks terrible! I have actually tried to flub it all up, and it still comes out looking cool. Another thing that is awesome about this photoshop tutorial is that each and every one you create will be different. It is like making those folded paper snowflakes when you were a kid at school.
OK, I am going to start a new file with the dimensions 600 X 450 with a resolution of 72 pixels/inch. I use these dimensions for the sake of displaying it properly on this site. Feel free to create at whatever dimensions float your boat.
On your background layer select Edit/Fill with black. Create a new layer by pressing Shift+Ctrl+N. Select the Brush Tool and choose a hard round brush that is 3 pixels in diameter. Now click on the Pen Tool. Make sure that your foreground color tile is white. This is the fun part because you can do anything you like here. Just make some random strokes with the Pen Tool. Honestly, whatever you like. Don't try to copy me. Here is what I am going to use.
Clearly I have lost my mind!! But that's ok. Now right click on the path you have just created and click "Stroke Path". Make sure your brush is selected from the window that pops up and click OK. Also make sure that the "Simulate Pressure" box is unchecked.
Next right click again and select "Delete Path". Now you should have a a 3 pixel brush stroke of your wonderful abstract line creation. I know, I know it looks stupid right now, but trust me.
Go back to the Brush Tool and select a soft 13 pixel or so brush. Now go back to the Pen Tool. Create a slash across your original design.
Right click on the image and select "Stroke Path", but this time make sure that the "Simulate Pressure" box is checked. Right click and delete the path.
Now look at this fantastic hieroglyphic we have created!
Right click on the shape layer and select "Duplicate Layer" and click OK. Choose Edit/Transform/Rotate. In the options bar on top, we need to change to degrees on which we will be rotating. We need to have control over this amount so the shape will develop a pattern. I am putting in "60 Degree's". I derived this number from the fact that I want my shape to have 6 points. 360 divided by 6=60. Put 60 in and hit enter.
And here is what we end up with.
Now duplicate the newly rotated layer. This time select Edit/Transform/Again. This action will use the 60 degrees from the last rotate so you won't have to input that value again. Repeat this process three more times. You should now have some cool looking pattern. Here is how mine turned out.
Next you will want to turn off the little eyeball on the black background layer. Then hit Ctrl+Shift+E to merge all of our shape layers into one layer. Rename the new layer "Shape" Now turn the background layer back on.
With the "Shape" layer highlighted, hit Shift+Ctrl+N to create a new layer. Name this layer "Gradient". Now select the Gradient Tool.
You will want to use a very colorful gradient. Use one of the preset gradients or create your own. I am using one of the default gradients called "Spectrum"
Click and drag from the center of your shape to the edge of it. You should see something like this.
With your Gradient layer highlighted, change the blending mode of the layer from "Normal" to "Overlay".
And here is what you end up with.
I told you it would turn out good! After you do this once, if you're like me, you will do it several more times just to see how they turn out. Once you get the hang of it you can knock one of these babies out in under a minute! Again, I challenge everyone to make one that looks bad following these techniques. Here are a few others. Have fun!!