Editing Friday; Kaleidoscope

Welcome to the end of another week and a new editing friday. The image today has been inspired by NeverPhoto, who through the comments on Revisit Double Exposed Tulip that I posted two days ago, has inspired to create a Kaleidoscope image of one of my shots. I have been wanting to do this for a while but have never got round to doing it.

I started with quite a bold image of red flowers. I made basic adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw and opened the image in Photoshop.


I unlocked the layer by double clicking it. Next i went Ctrl +T to transform the layer and using the tool bar at the top inputted 60 degrees to rotate the layer. I moved the layer to the right side of the image and placed in the corner creating a triangle.


I selected the image as a  triangle by using the magic wand tool and clicking on the empty space in the layer. Next I refined the edge of the selection by going Select – Refine Edge and then using shift edge, shifted the edge by -5%.


With the selection selected, I went Ctrl+C to copy the selection and then  created a new layer and pasted the selection onto it. Next I transformed the shape and reduced its size by 50%. I did this to fit the whole pattern in the document.


I duplicated the triangle shape and used transform again and flipped the image horizontal tiled the two layers into a larger triangle.


I then merged the two layers together to create a larger triangle. I duplicated this layer and once again used transform. This time I set the middle marker to the bottom peak of the triangle which is also the middle of the image, I then rotated the layer by 60 degrees.


Photoshops short cuts now came in handy. I duplicated the the layer I just transformed and used the transform again command, Shift+Ctrl+Alt+T, this automatically transforms the layer in the same way as the last transformation. I Repeated this process until I had a whole pattern. Once I had the whole pattern I merged the layers down.


Now I got a little bit creative. First I duplicated my new pattern and using transform (yes, again), I reduced the size by 50% then duplicated the new smaller layer and using the Transform again shortcut reduced the size of this layer. I did this quite a few times creating depth to the pattern.
I placed all my layers into a group and duplicated them. I tiled the groups together to create a larger pattern and then added hue and saturation layers clipped to each group and changed the hue of each group.
There were some gaps between each pattern so I straightened my original layer and resized it to fill the image. I blurred the layer by 20 pixels. Finally I added a vibrance layer on top with a levels adjustment.


Final Image


I think this workflow is quite fun and will work with most images to create quite nice patterns. This workflow could even be used to create a custom pattern in photoshop. With this particular graphic it looks quite cool and trippy with the infinite depth created in duplicating and reducing the size.

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