Example 3 - used in tutorial
Click on File, then New. Pick your desired size. I picked black for the background.
Click on Layers and click New Raster Layer.
No need to change any settings in the dialog box for the new layer. Just press OK
Click on the Shapes tool on the left. You want to make your line width a bit thick. I picked 6. Make sure you do not have "vector" checked. Draw your shape by clicking and dragging.
You can also make your own shape by drawing it in with the paintbrush or even copy and paste an image.
You will now want to go to your layer pallette and duplicate that shapes layer. Right click on that layer and click duplicate. You may want to name your layers if you get confused--just right click on it and click on Rename.
Click on Image (at the top) and then click Resize.
For this, I resized it 75% of the original. Make sure you do not have "resize all layers" checked. Click OK
Click on Image (at top) again and click on Rotate.
For this, I checked Right and set it to Free at 10 degrees. Make sure "all layers" is not checked.
It should now look like this.
At this point, use your mover tool on the left and line up the bottom points. You will now go to your layer pallette again and duplicate this resized/rotated layer.
You will repeat steps 8 through 13 a few times. You will now go to your Layer Pallette and click on the glasses for the background layer-this makes the layer "invisible".
Now you will merge all visible layers by clicking on Layers (at the top), put your cursor over Merge and then click Merge Visible.
Go to your layer pallette again and click the glasses for the Background layer again to make it visible once again.
You have only two layers again now--the black background and the new shape. You will now go to your layer pallette and click on the shape layer and duplicate it.
Now resize this layer. I resized it to 75% of original.
Now click on Image (at top) again and rotate it--I did 45 degrees. Then move that again so the bottom points touch the points of the original.
Now make the background layer invisible again by clicking the glasses.
Again, go to Layers (at top) merge the visible layers.
In your layer pallette again, make the background layer visible by clicking the glasses again.
At this point, I gave the shape a little pizazz. You can give it many effects, but I used a basic inner bevel. Click on Effects (at top) and then put your cursor over 3D Effects and click on Inner Bevel.
In this dialog box, you can mess with the settings to your desire. I used Pillow for the preset and then just tweaked a bit here and there. I also changed the color to pink to make it look neat.
Now, duplicate that cool looking layer! This is where the fun can begin.
Go to Image (at top) and click on Mirror.
You can move that mirrored layer closer to the other if you wish, but I left mine exactly where it was. You will now want to make the background invisible again.
Now merge visible layers.
Make your background layer visible again.
Now duplicate that merged layer again.
Go to Image (at top) and click on Flip now.
Now move your flipped layer closer to the other. You can just have it touch or you can overlap. I overlapped it some.
Now what I did was merge those layers, then duplicated and rotated it 90 degrees. You can keep doing this as many times as you wish to get the desired look. You can keep duplicating and rotating as much as you like- even resize.
I duplicated, resized and changed the color and opacity of different layers. Mess around with it and you can come up with awesome things!