Continuing on our theme of digital mandala making in Photoshop I’ve found a tutorial by Blue Lightning TV on how to make a KALEIDOSCOPE from a Photo from scratch. Here you will learn to use the Actions feature in Photoshop to quickly create a kaleidoscope effect from any image. Enjoy!
Someone asked me recently how I create my mandalas and I thought it might be interesting to share the answer with all of you. First, I have to say the process feels more like they create themselves through me, rather than me creating them. I never know what they will look like when I start. I either just have the urge to create one, or I’ve been asked to create a personal mandala. Then I just let my intuition guide me.
My work is all digital, all computer generated. I’ll create a number of kaleidoscope images either in a program called Image Tricks or or one called Pixelmator They both have kaleidoscope filters in them. Since the creation of the OS X operating system for Mac I haven’t been able to find a kaleidoscope filter for the Mac version of Photoshop or I’d do this there. (and if you know of such a filter, please let me know!) I use photos I’ve taken or pictures from various sources, whatever seems to have the energy I’m drawn to at the moment, as the source images for the kaleidoscope images.
Then I play with combining layers of these kaleidoscope images with different blending modes in Photoshop, I play with color adjustments; I just generally play. The blending modes in Photoshop are quite powerful and can create endless variety of effects. It’s very intuitive. I just follow whatever idea comes into my head next when I’m playing. I often use Photoshop layer styles for glows or shadows, either around the edge of the image or sometimes on an inner portion of the image. I use the Filter Gallery Effects set of filters to created a painterly look to some mandalas. Basically, I use the many tools which Photoshop has to create effects and bring the mandala to life.
Eventually the mandala “feels done.” I can’t really tell you how I know that, there is just a moment when I know both the energy of the image and the visual effect are “right.” It’s really a delight, because it feels like the mandalas create themselves through me. I think of each one as a living being. I’m just the tool that gives birth to them. Creating mandalas has been a large part of my spiritual journey and spiritual awakening experience. I believe the energy of each one has a potential “message” or effect for the viewer. It’s such a joy to do this. I’m so blessed!
This week the Mandala Monday post is actually a TED video. I know, TED video’s are posted on Thursdays, but this one is a very unique moving mandala that you just have to see.
This video is called “TEDxSummit intro: The power of x” and according to YouTube:
“Dancers + camera + kaleidoscope = this infinitely gorgeous short video. (Watch in 1080p fullscreen if you can.) It’s made for TEDxSummit, an unprecedented gathering of TEDx organizers from around the world– and the video celebrates “the power of x” to multiply great ideas. Learn more about TEDxSummit: http://tedxsummit.ted.com”
I look forward to your thoughts and comments!
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