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Turn Your Photos Into Stunning Kaleidoscope Art in Photoshop

Emma Lucek, illustrator and photographer

Turn Your Photos Into Stunning Kaleidoscope Art in Photoshop

Emma Lucek, illustrator and photographer

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing Your Image

    • 3. Preparing Your Image

    • 4. The Main Process

    • 5. Taking It a Step Further

    • 6. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class, I'll be showing you how to use Photoshop's basic tools to edit your own photos and how to turn them into beautiful kaleidoscope art! I'll be teaching this prosess in the following steps:

1. How to pick an image that will work well when turned into kaleidoscope art.

2. A few tips and tricks showing you how to edit your image so that the final result is the best it can be!

3. Using Photoshop to turn the image into kaleidoscope art.

4. How to take the technique a step further with more copies of the image.

5. Final thoughts and some ideas of how to use kaleidoscope art in other ways.

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Emma Lucek

illustrator and photographer


Hello, I'm Emma, a photographer and artist from the UK who works with both digital and traditional media to create all sorts of exciting creative projects!

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Emily Check and I'm an art and photography student living and working in the UK for my first ever skill share class. I'll be teaching you how to create these stunning works of art and photo shop using your very own photographs. This is an easy technique, and you don't have to be a professional photographer to be able to create one of these beautiful kaleidoscope images. He's a sure to impress your friends and family when they were greater Zwolle art and can also be used in several other ways, which we'll discuss later in the class. So if you want to know how to make one of these beautiful kaleidoscope images, stay tuned. 2. Choosing Your Image: the first thing we need to know before we start making our kaleidoscope part is which picture we're going to be using and to get a better idea off what sort of pictures we should use, we should first know what is kaleidoscope part So kaleidoscope part involves making copies of an image Andre stating each copy around until the whole image resembles the beautiful patterns on the inside of a kaleidoscope. As you can see from the image on the left, this is a really view of the inside of the actual kaleidoscope, and on the right is an example of the sorts of images that will be creating in this project . Now, don't worry if it looks difficult or complicated, because I'll be showing you every single step, and I promise you it is super easy. So how do you choose your photo? Basically, this kaleidoscope process works with any kind of picture, but some types of pictures will work better than others, and I'll be showing you which ones will work best in this video. So these are a few rules that I've come up with. You don't have to follow them if you don't want to But these are the types of images that tend to work best for me. So the 1st 1 is to choose a photo, which is full of detail. Andi has little to no blank space, so this is to show you the difference. On the left is a nim ege I took or a light bulb attached to a string. Andi, after doing the kaleidoscope process with it as he concede it looks fairly bland, is not the worst image, but it's certainly not the best, either. So I would definitely recommend using an image, which is full of details and colors and patterns. As you can see on the image on the right, it looks so much better. So you get really vibrant colors and really interesting shapes. So that's one of the best ways to make sure you have a successful outcome with this technique is to have a really detailed image. The second drawer is to not use faces or people in your images because it will end up looking rather strange, and I'll show you an example here. So as you can see, I've used stock images here of people Andi People's faces, Andi, neither of these images look particularly good, especially not the one with the face. It looks very strange and distorted. You can do this if you want to. If you think it looks cool or artistic personally, I think it doesn't really make for a very good result. But rules are made to be broken so you can make your own decisions of which image you think we're work best. The third rule is to choose a colorful image unless you prefer to do it completely in black and white. As you can see here, here's examples of the same image warning color on one in black and white. Personally, I think the colored image works much better because it's vibrant in its bright and you get those beautiful, different tones of green in there. And I think it's just a more visually exciting image than the black and white one on. This final point isn't really a rule. It's more of a tip on bits that nature and architecture photos tend to work best, which I've learned from my past experience of creating these images. So, as you can see here, these are some of the images that I've created using this kaleidoscope process in the past , and all of them contain both nature elements like flowers and plants and also architecture based structures, which I think also looked very effective. So those are my tips for creating a successful kaleidoscope image. So in the next lesson, I'll be showing you how to prepare your image with tips and tricks on how to edit and improve your image that you've chosen. And I'd love to see the images that you're planning on using for this kaleidoscope process in the class project, so be sure to share them. 3. Preparing Your Image: So now that you've chosen the image that you'll be using for your project, you may want to go straight to making into the kaleidoscope art. And if so, you can skip this video because it's an optional step in the process. But I will be showing you some clever Photoshopped tips and tricks, which will help you make the image more professional on and will help you get an overall, better looking image. So this is the image that we're going to be using. It has a lot of different like elements that will help us make a good kaleidoscope art image a za lot of different shapes. As you can see, we have leaves here. They create like circles. You've got the big phones down here, and we have the hexagonal glass panels here. And so all of these elements will help create a more visually exciting image. So we're going Teoh, open it into photo shop. You can use pretty much any version of voter shop. I'm using Photoshopped Elements editor, as you can see appear so the first thing we're going to be doing is duplicating the image so that if we don't like changes that we've made. We have another one which is unedited. So first technique for the first tip I'm going to show you is adjusting the human saturation. I do this with pretty much every photo that I had it. I always like Teoh turn saturation up just a little bit. Not quite that much, just to make the whole thing more vibrant and exciting. You don't have to do this. It can also work quite well in black and white. But you can experiment with different levels of color and Nesic and see, I mean moving this, um que by here and you can create some pretty exciting color combinations. I usually choose to go with a natural look. I'm going to go for about plus eight, I think to get with those vibrant greens and yellows in there, you can also change the lightness and darkness if you want. I usually leave that alone because the image tends to look fine without changing it too much. So when you've done that and you're happy with it, like OK on, the next thing I'm going to be showing you is levels which you confined under enhance just lighting never was so Basically, you have these three sliders, which you can move like this. Um, the lighter one rule changed the lights in the image. The highlights, the dark one will change shadows on Duthie gray. One will change mid tones in as a general rule, I tend to move the mid tones down a little bit because, as you can see, it creates more contrast. Andi, I'll usually move this one up a little bit as well, just to make the whole thing a bit brighter. Usually, I'd say it looks best if you don't make it to dramatically different to the original. So you don't wanna be moving this all the way over here because that will obviously make it look very dark, and the shapes will be less recognizable. But if you want to, you can, you know, wasn't made to be broken, so experiment with it. And when you have an outcome that you're happy with again, just click. OK, so those of the basic techniques that I tend to use, Thio added, An image does a lot of other things that photo shop will allow you to do. I'd say the best way to learn them is to just play around and see what you like and what you don't like. So once you're happy with how your images turned out, you can go to file and save. I usually don't need to change the name of it, but I will tend to save it as a J pick. There's other file formats that you can say if asked, but I think J. Peg works for everything that I tend Teoh use thes images for if you see what I mean, so just save it and then you can choose the quality. I'll usually say, if this kind of thing as a fairly high quality, like 10 or 11. But some websites will only allow you to upload images which were around six or five. But for the purposes of this project, I'll be saving you a 10. So now that you've done this, you can also flatten the image if you're saving is a different file. But if you're saving is that J peg? It should automatically fatten the file for you. So yeah, that's how to edit your image on. Don't be showing you how to make the main kaleidoscope image project in the next video, so I will see you there 4. The Main Process: So this is the part we've all been waiting for Its time, Teoh, make our beautiful kaleidoscope image. So I'm going to go toe open. Andi, we're going. Teoh, choose the image that we edited earlier to make our kaleidoscope art with. I'm going to open it on this out will appear in the background. Selection will be highlighted. Um on. Do you want to click this icon here to make it into unordinary? Layer on. And the next thing we want to do is left. Click on the image. Andi, go to duplicate layer. Andi, this will create another copy off the image on a separate layer. And the next thing we want to do is go to image resize and canvas size. Now, this is very important. These drop down menus, Um, you have different options on. Do you want to go to percent on? The first thing you want to do is change the width to 200% Onda. What this will do is it will make the width of the entire image be double its original size and we want to anchor it to the left. This will mean all of the space that's been created will be moved to the right side of the image. As you can see here, if I zoom out so now you can see we have a space that's been created, which is size off the image that we started with now it want to do is go to the move to Andi. As you can see, there were these little squares around the image to move it, and we want to go to the one that's on the side of the image. And what you want to do is wait till you couldn't see the two little hours and drag it across. And as you can see, this has created a mirror image off the original picture that we started with. So now that we've done that, we want Teoh left, Click on the top layer, Andi Select, merge down. And this will make both of these beyond the same layer. Now, if you've got to this stage road on because you're halfway through. So the next thing we need to do is to do the same again, duplicate the layer, go to okay, and this time we want to go still to come. The size under image resized emphasize Andi again change its extent. And this time we're changing the height to 200%. Andi, you can choose whether you want to anchor it upwards or downwards. I usually choose Teoh anchor it downwards so that when the base is created, it will be at the bottom of the image. Um, so then we click. OK, and as you can see, there's the space that's been added. You may need to zoom out to be able to see all of it. Andi, just like we did before. We're going. Teoh, take the square. This time no one at the top and we're going to pull it down. So I Seacon see, this creates our final kaleidoscope image and I think it looks really good. So I would love to see all of your kaleidoscope images. You can save it under file save as, uh, name it whatever you like. I'm going to cool it. Just kaleidoscope now and I'm going to say that the J peg because that's the former I usually use for these on. Do you want to save it in a high quality? But also, if you're planning on sharing on social media it may be best in saving a smaller quality so that you can upload it without exceeding fire limits on various websites. So, yeah, that's how Teoh create the basic kaleidoscope image. Stay tuned, because next, I'll show you how to take this project even further. So I would love to see your projects in the class project. Andi, I will look at all of them. And if you would like any feedback, I would be happy to provide you with that. So thank you, fortune. Andi, let's move on to the next step. 5. Taking It a Step Further: So the next time I'm going to show you is essentially the same process again, and you will be using the image that we've just created on. What this will do is it will create a lovely layered effects. They will have multiple copies of this dame image in an even bigger image, and it would look really visually exciting. So what we're going to do is again go to duplicate layer and then go to image resize canvas size and then change the drop down menu 2% and change the width to 200% on just like last time. We're going to anchor it to the left so that the image space appears on the right and we'll zoom out so that we can see it better. And then we're going to select square on the left side of the image. Andi, pull it across to create our married image, and as you can see, this is already looking quite exciting. Um, you could even leave it there if you want to do, but we're going Teoh, make a full rectangle so much down, and then again left, click on the layer on duplicate layer and then again, we'll go. Teoh resize canvas size Andi. This time we're changing the height to 200% rather than the we're going to encourage upwards so that the space that's added appears at the bottom, and then we want to click OK on, zoom out again, and then we're going to select the square on the top of the image and drag it down. It may take a while to transform, especially since by this point the image will probably require a large fire size. And then you want to flatten image and then you're done. Once again, I would love to see these images in the class project, so be sure to share them on and also remember to save your work. I'll just be saving this one as, uh, double layer. If it on then I will save is a J pic, you can say that is whatever you like, And then once that's done, you can choose your quality. Okay, it may take a while sometimes, as such large fire size obviously feel for you to save it in a smaller format. But once that's done, you have your completed image so well done so in the next video, I'll be showing you ways. You can display your kaleidoscope art to show it off to family and friends and impress everyone with your amazing work. So stay tuned for that, and I'll see you in the next one. 6. Final Thoughts: So now that you've created your kaleidoscope part, what can you do with it? My first suggestion is to share on social media. I think they look really great on my instagram, especially my photography Instagram. I love sharing on my photos on there because I can get feedback and likes and comments, and it's a really good way to let people know that you're working artists and you're out there and you're making work. Even if you're only doing this is a hobby, it's still a really fun way to share your work. The second idea I have is to use your kaleidoscope part. It's a beautiful desktop or phone wallpaper. As you can see here, I spent some time looking through the images that I've made in deciding on which ones I like best is the desktop wallpaper. You can also do this on your phone or any other device, which allows you to customize the background. The third idea I have is to get Europe framed or printed. Nowadays, there are many websites and services which will allow you to print your photos onto all sorts of gifts and souvenirs as well as printing onto canvases are the types of art. These air definitely rate great home decorations and provide a conversation starter Asik in Tell your friends and family that it's art that you've made yourself do. Anything to keep in mind is that these services can be quite pricey. So do you keep that in mind before you consider purchasing anything? So my final idea is to share your work with us in the class project. I would love to just see your images and give you feedback if you would like it. Andi, I really appreciate all of you watching. This is my first girl share video, and it's been really fun to make Andi. I will hope. See all of you soon in the next one by