Transform Again on Shape Layers in Photoshop
2007 at 10.14 am posted by Veerle Pieters
Remember when I talked about the transform again feature in Illustrator? A reader told me about a nice tip he read on the Photoshop Killer Tips wbsite on how to create a Ray of Light Effect using Transform Again. You see, this feature also exists in Photoshop…
However, the difference is that you need to hold down command/control shift + T instead of command/control and if you want to duplicate the shape you need to hold down the alt/option key as well. The reason why this person e-mailed me was because he had a question about it. If you've watched Matt's movie, you'll see that all shapes sit in one and the same layer. Sometimes you need them all in separate layers because you want to give each of them a different color. Here is how you do this:
Create shape and duplicate
First you create a triangular shape. You can select a triangle from the Custom Shape palette and flip it upside down (Edit > Transform > Flip Vertically). Duplicate this shape layer using command/control + J. Now hit command/control + T (Edit > Free Transform) to rotate this shape. First move the middle point down to towards the center.
Duplicate and transform again
Now put your cursor outside the shape so you see the curved rotate cursor and rotate the shape as shown in the example below and press enter. Duplicate the layer again by pressing command/control + J and transform again by pressing command/control shift + T. Repeat this till you have a complete ray. Just press command/control + J followed by command/control shift + T.
Now you can give each Shape Layer a different color.
My end result
I decided not to use the different colors and ended up with a totally other result. I hope you don't mind I wasn't in a flashy mood :)
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