Create Stunning Interlocking Shapes and Light Effects Using Photoshop and Illustrator – Colorburned
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Create Stunning Interlocking Shapes and Light Effects Using Photoshop and Illustrator

I am often asked to write tutorials demonstrating how to create some of the designs in my site’s gallery. One of the more popular requests is for a tutorial demonstrating the effects used in Equidistant; which is one of my favorite pieces.

Today, I am finally granting your request. In this 12-minute video tutorial I will demonstrate how to use Illustrator and Photoshop to create stunning, interlocking shapes and light effects. This tutorial uses a combination of Illustrator brushes, Photoshop brushes and filters, as well as some creative use of blending modes to produce a truly remarkable effect.

Video Tutorial

Final Effect

The below image is a screenshot of the final effect that we will be creating.


Resources Used

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • Design Informer

    Fantastic screencast Grant. I really enjoy your videos. Looking forward to more of them.
    .-= Design Informer´s last blog ..Ask the Expert – Design Discussion with James White =-.

  • Hidayat Sagita

    Well done for the video, great for the result!
    Thank you.

  • Melody

    Sweet design, this would be great for an animation project..I see it spinning with the light shining through for some reason..
    .-= Melody´s last blog ..Barbie’s Erotic Origins =-.

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  • Paul

    Nice tutorial! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

    The final image looks great. I’m looking forward to seeing more posts like this one

  • Richie

    Video screencast rocks!! just like the tutorial. Amazing work, Grant!
    .-= Richie´s last blog ..20 of the best Free Premium-like wordpress themes =-.

  • Laneth Sffarlenn

    I look forward to seeing the video when I get home from work.

    @Melody – think Halo: Combat Evolved, or the subsequent games. The “Forerunner Rings” as they’re lovingly referred to by some gamers are quite similar to the way the finished product looks.

  • Trevor Collins

    Thanks for giving us that film of how it is done.