4 Replies Latest reply on Mar 4, 2013 10:21 AM by StrongBeaver

    Duplicate Scale

    StrongBeaver Level 3


      I want to duplicate each ring, and shrink as seen in the image until it's filled within the selection, with each ring having a little space between.  The way I have been doing this, which I'm hoping there is a faster way is, duplicate, scale, duplicate scale etc. 

        • 1. Re: Duplicate Scale
          c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

          I think something like this would better be done in Illustrator.

          One option might be to start with a (edit: horizontal) »line« pattern and use the Filter Polar Coordinates,

          • 2. Re: Duplicate Scale
            EricaLynneLarson Adobe Employee

            To illustrate c.pfaffenbichler's great answer:


            1) Use the line tool to create a line. Duplicate the line by holding option and dragging.


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.27.25 PM.png



            2) Select all of the shapes in the Layers Panel as shown above. At the top of the window, click on the distribute vertical centers icon highlighted below to evenly space the lines.


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.22.03 PM.jpg


            3) Control + click on the selected layers in the Layers Panel and select Merge Shapes to get all the lines on one layer.


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.27.46 PM.png


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.27.52 PM.png


            4) Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. Click OK when prompted to rasterize the layer.


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.28.04 PM.png


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.28.09 PM.png

            5) Click OK again.


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.28.20 PM.png


            The finished result:


            Screen Shot 2013-03-03 at 11.28.29 PM.png


            If you distributed the lines from the top to the bottom of the canvas, you should have concentric circles going all the way to the center.


            I hope this is helpful, and thanks once more to c.pfaffenbichler!

            • 3. Re: Duplicate Scale
              c.pfaffenbichler Level 9

              Nice of you to make the effort to make a tutorial of it.

              I’d like to add that converting the Layer to a Smart Object before applying the Filter might be useful if the distribution of the lines might be subject to changes later on.

              • 4. Re: Duplicate Scale
                StrongBeaver Level 3

                Thanks, worked perfectly