I have to thank Rita (ritage) for introducing me to this fun technique.
The title Pinched Shapes comes from the fact that we will be using shapes and the Filter, Distort > Pinch.
As there are so many different things you can do with this I haven’t found it easy to put into words so I’m hoping you will just take it and run with it yourselves.
1. Open new document - I used 800 x 800pxls but you can go larger if you want. 2. I created a geometric shape of sorts and placed it on the document. (see my Example at the end together with a sample shape I made for anyone who wishes to try this technique. 3. Duplicate first shape layer – Apply Filter – Distort – Pinch at 100%. Change blend mode to Difference. 4. Duplicate that layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+F 5. Duplicate that layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+F 6. Duplicate that layer and press Ctrl/Cmd+F 7. Repeat these steps as many times as you like.
Every now and then if you like you can again apply the Filter, Distort, Pinch at 100% to a layer to mix things up.
You can play with rotating layers, resizing layers, putting effects like bevels and the high inner shadow on layers and trying different blend modes also.
Create a stamped layer by holding down the key combo of shift+Ctrl+alt+E and place on a different background again experimenting with blend modes.
The things you can do with this technique are never ending.
Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you come up with.
As I said I have provided a sample shape which I created for anyone who wants to try it but you are free to use your own if preferred.
It’s in .jpg form and although it can be used ‘as is’ I would also suggest that you delete the white background from the .jpg leaving only the shape itself. This allows for a bit more flexibility when using it especially with different backgrounds.
Thanks for the challenge this morning as we wait to get plowed out. It is amazing the colors created from two starter colors. I applied the filter a number of times and did custom rotation of the layers.