I am creating a logo for which I need circles to create the illusion of depth. The attached image shows the sort of effect I am trying to replicate.
What would be the best way to do this in Photoshop (or Illustrator)?
I have tried to create the effect manually. However, it would be time consuming to draw all the circles, apply transform to it and and still maintain the natural depth of the apple.
I am wondering if there are other ways to do this, and I would like to learn how the author probably created this depth.
You are looking for too quick a fix. Logo creation takes time. This effect can be achieved quite easily though. Draw a rectangle roughly the size of your final shape and fill it with overlapping circles up to the edge of the square. Make sure there are quite a few smaller circles near the edge to fake the perspective. Colour all the circles random colours. In the transparency panel change the opacity to about 90% and set the layer style to multiply. Select all these circles and click object…expand. Now over the top of these shapes draw the final shape of your logo (in this case an apple). Select everything. Now all you have to do is in the menus go Object…Envelope Distort…Make with top object.