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Video: Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo

What we're going to do today is look at yet another flower arrangement on the tattooed lady from the Epson images. Now, I want to draw attention to a set of flowers, which appeared in quite a few places, like here and here, here, here and right here on her arm. Those particular flowers right there. Now, what's happening as I mentioned the last time is, everything here has to do with Fibonacci, so this is what's called the Golden Spiral right here.
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Using a Fibonacci spiral to create a tattoo

What we're going to do today is look at yet another flower arrangement on the tattooed lady from the Epson images. Now, I want to draw attention to a set of flowers, which appeared in quite a few places, like here and here, here, here and right here on her arm. Those particular flowers right there. Now, what's happening as I mentioned the last time is, everything here has to do with Fibonacci, so this is what's called the Golden Spiral right here.

Now I'll show you how that started, that actually started in Illustrator. So I'm going to shoot over here to Illustrator and there we see, that I got it from the web I just did a search for the Golden Spiral, and there's the basic Golden Spiral. So I put that in a layer right here in Illustrator and I created this layer here. This first layer in which I created three circles. These circles are going to represent the size and position of the flowers. So what I did is I took that little set. Which is, that line right there which is following my spiral, which will be my guide for resizing these, and I took this whole thing and I made it into a selection, so let's select all these little guys here together, and we'll group them.

We'll just go in there and say Group It. Okay, then what I'm going to do is I'm going to copy it. Holding down my Option Key to get a copy, and I put it right into position there. And what I'm going to do to this now, is I'm going to rotate it. I'm going to rotate it, so it's straight up and down this way, and then I'm going to shrink it down so that it follows the same shape of the existing thing here, right there, we just move it over, just a little bit. Just so it goes right there in place. And those go down to here, and down to here, down to there, down to there. All the way down. And then, the final set, which we see it, right here it is, all the little flowers together.

those were selected as one piece, and brought into Photoshop, and used as a guide. There's also here a guide for the flower and a guide for the, the two vines. Let's see them now in use in Photoshop. So let's switch, switch back to Photoshop, and there's our flowers. And then we'll go look at there's the spiral itself. There's the spiral. Now, we'll see that way in the back here, there's the guides turned on, see? Now once the flowers were sized to their, to correct size they were moved over ever so slightly so it wouldn't seem so rigid.

But they do follow all the numerical values of the golden spiral. So now, the flowers themselves were created this way. Here's my flower base. I created a single flower. Here's the white flower. Let's open it up and we see there's a little stamen, a little center, and the individual petals. Now based on all these different pieces, I created the red flower. With slight variations here and there we see all three flowers created here. Slight variation, I turned the stamen around, did a little flip horizontal, changed the colors a little bit so that it have two basic reds and a white.

So now I have my three flowers which were then merged into individual layers here. Now the way I merged them into individual layers is I take say the white one right here. And it's the whole group. So, what I can do is just select that group and come over here and say Merge Group, but if I say Merge Group like this, see, the group went away and became just a merge. So let me undo that and I hold down my Option key, Alt on a PC, and then I say Merge Group. And then what you'll see what happens is that the original group is still there but now we have white flower merged.

And that's the one that became this one here. I just took out the word merge and that became that layer. Those were then brought into the overall file that we see here, and put in position. And as you can see that there are quite a few layers where each part was. And then we'll see, here's my guide. On top of that, we have the leaves, various leaves. There's one vine. There's a second vine, and another vine. we've got three vines happening there, and there's a fourth vine. There's all the vines in place now. And there's all the orange flowers.

There's all the red flowers. There's all the white flowers. And you can see that all have been sized to form the final image, which looks like that.

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