How to use polar grids in Photoshop tutorial

How to use amazing polar grid designs in Photoshop via Illustrator in CC 2018 2017 2015 CS6 etc

Polar grids in Photoshop

How to use polar grids in Photoshop tutorial
  1. Create polar grid via the polar grid tool in Illustrator (for use in Photoshop) set radial and concentric etc

  2. Drag the path into the new CC libraries

  3. Open Photoshop

  4. Drag the path to the open document from the libraries panel

  5. Select the polar grid artwork in Photoshop

  6. Convert to a smart object (if not already a smart object) via the layer menu and smart objects or flatten and use with filters

  7. Use with filters such as the filter gallery and bas relief or Analog Efex etc


Once you have created your design in Illustrator, you can add the work to the CC libraries. From there, it can be used in other tools


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Backgrounds : bas reliefThe generated radial designs can be used as basic backgrounds for images and effects can be added such as bas relief (purple to black color option for example on the right).


All kinds of effects can be added to the artwork such as the gallery effects found in the filter menu


Re-color using adjustments : adjustmentsThey can then be re-colored using adjustments or adjustment layers etc. Accesss the polar grid in Photoshop and then go to the image menu and use the adjustments there to modify the design. You can also add adjustment layers on top of the design and tweak the colors of the artwork imported into the application. You can then use that to change the design from super colorful to perhaps grayscale / black and white or perhaps turn all the cells into reds and blues say.


Fill the cells : placeYou can also use the design as a wonderful guide for other fills where the individual cells can be filled with different colors or gradients or type etc


Drag the artwork stored in the CC library (hold alt / option if you want to break the link with the library) to the document and re-size as required. Copy some type (such as an image of type). Select the magic wand tool found in the toolbar. Select a cell using the magic wand. Use the edit menu and paste special / paste into command (the result is a layer). Flatten and then Select another cell and repeat. You can also combine effects such as blurs or perhaps apply transforms to the type to create more interesting fills



Use as a pattern tile : exportYou can also drag the artwork from the CC libraries to a document (say 1000 x 1000) and then set the size for the artwork to fill the entire document. Flatten the document and then use the filter menu and others category and offset set to 500 x and 500 and wrap around and press OK. Drag another design to the document to fill the entire image and then flatten and then go to the define pattern to create a beautiful radial design tile set for use with patterns and more in PS


Use the layer menu and new fill layer content and set the scale and position as required


Use for 3D models : 3dYou can also just drag the Photoshop polar grids from the CC libraries and then go to the 3D menu and use new mesh from layer and depth map and select something like sphere to create a weird and wonderful 3D model of the radial design in color for use in your work (it can also be saved quickly to the cc library by dragging it into that panel)


You can also export your model via the export 3D layer command.



Use as a source for brushes : brushesYou can always define the generated artwork as a new brush stroke


Drag from the CC libraries and flatten and then go to the edit menu and use the define brush command and then select that preset with the paint tools in the application or perhaps the stamp or clone or art history tool and more - apply across the image and modify the settings for the tool via the brush settings panel found in the window menu


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