Published on February 25, 2024

Spiral with square shapes

In this blog I will show you how to create a spiral out of square shapes in Adobe Photoshop.

Rather watch the video with instructions? Then click here or scroll down to the end of this page.

Step 1: Preparations

First create a new file. My file is 1080×1080 pixels, but you can also use a different file size. Also pick a background color while creating the file. I make the background black.

Then select the rectangle tool. Use the following settings:

  • Select ‘shape
  • Fill: No color
  • Stroke: Pick a color
  • Stroke width: 2px
    If you’re using a different file size, you might have to use a different stroke width

Press and hold SHIFT while creating the shape to make a square.

Create square

Select the move tool and press CTRL+T. You can now resize and/or move the square. I make my square the same size as my file (1080×1080 pixels).

Right click on the rectangle layer and select ‘rasterize layer‘.

Step 2: Square spiral

Press CTRL+J to duplicate the rectangle layer.

Now press CTRL+T. Connect the width and height (with the chain icon). Lower the width to 95% (the height should be 95% too now). Then rotate the square 3°.

Resize and rotate

When you’re done with that, click on the ✓ icon.

Press CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+T to repeat the last action. Keep pressing CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+T until the spiral is finished.

And that’s how you create a spiral with square shapes in Adobe Photoshop!

Square spiral

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