Shape Layer Repeaters Inside After Effects
I tend to use Adobe After Effects as my Photoshop. Shape layer repeaters are a powerful vector tool inside After Effects that allow for all sorts of intricate designs without leaving the application for something like Illustrator or Photoshop. The image above was created entirely with vector layers (aside from the grunge overlay), which means that it can be scaled to any size without loosing resolution.
An easy way to create circular patterns is to create a single shape inside a shape layer, add a repeater effect, and then make 36 copies, setting each copy to transform by 10 degrees. This creates a 360 degree pattern if the position is set to 0 inside the repeat settings (it is 100 pixels by default, so be sure to do this).
Per request, I have decided to include a more detailed explanation of how exactly to add a repeater inside a shape layer. Many people can’t seem to find the “repeater” button. Here are a few screenshots to help. Tutorial coming soon!