I am interested in creating something like the following with custom shapes. I am used to creating vector shape layers - but I am not sure how to create this Russian doll concept properly where the dimensions/angles are retained for a pure clean psd.
I'm posting this answer mostly to demonstrate that Lucian is actually correct here (already gave him a +1)... and partly because I'm dying to try out my new KBD button.
Anyhow – I would just differ a tiny bit from what he said though (in this case). I'm going to start with the path just outside of the bottle first:
- I used the pen tool (holding the Shift key for the straight sections) and created the path with a 20px stroke and no fill
Once that's out of the way, this process can be done "manually" but depending on the size and number of strokes you're going to add this can take and will forever... So why not create an action?
- Go to Window > Actions and click on the 'Create New Action' button at the bottom of the panel, then hit the 'Record' button (add function key if you wish):
- Go to Object > Path > Offset Path and (clearing the field) enter 39px:
This offsets the path outward by 40-1px (so that the gaps are slightly narrower than the strokes) and duplicates it in one step...
- Click 'Stop' in the Actions Panel.
Sit back in your easy chair and hit the 'Play' button (in this case) 13 times to repeat the process:
Daring to be different now select the original stroke (the innermost one) and go to Object > Path > Offset Path one last time
This time clear the field and enter a negative value of -29, then change the Joins from 'Miter' to 'Round' and click 'OK'
Press Shift+X to swap your fill and stroke
Finally press the A key to activate the Direct Selection Tool, then go to the top of the UI and click on 'Corners'. Choose 'Round' and enter 10 or 12px:
The end result IMO leaves little doubt that Illustrator was the program and that this was almost certainly the general method used to create the original graphic.
Hope this makes things clearer for you... Cheers
Assuming you have access to Illustrator, with your original bottle shape selected, go to 'Object → Path → Offset Path' and experiment with the 'Offset' value. Every time you run this it adds a larger copy of your original shape, then replicate this with the same 'Offset' value multiple times to add more copies.
You are misguided in thinking that these are somehow "concentric" shapes around the bottle shape (except perhaps at the top). Everything else is a regular grid, with translations and rotations. The part where you aren't too successful is just a diagonal grid:
- Generate a vertical grid on a transparent layer
- Duplicate and rotate by 40% on another layer
- Make an oblique rectangle selection, the slant being the bisector of both grids (blue dots, below)
- With that selection delete the vertical grid
- Invert the selection and delete the oblique grid