Microsoft Image Editor Mandalas

January 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is possible to create mandalas in Microsoft Image Editor.  They are simple mandalas with less “slices” (identical sections) than my other mandalas.  Also they are square.

The steps:

1.  Open a new document.  It can be any size, but it must be square.

2.  Insert shapes.  Choose the triangle with the square corner.

3.  Format, resize object to fit canvas.  The corner of the triangle should be lined up with the corner of your document.

After the first three steps, save the document.  This can be used as a template for all your mandalas.

4.  Make sure that the triangle is selected.  Seclect: Effects, Fill with texture or color, Picture. 

5.  Copy (the triangle with the picture), paste

6.  Flip (not rotate, you want a mirror image).  The icon is right under help.

7.  Format, rotate, selected object.  You should now have a square.

8.  Edit, flatten all objects (this merges everything into one layer).

9.  Distort, Kaleidoscope, 10 on the slider bar.

Finished!

Here is my starting picture. 

future flowers

future flowers

I love the idea of nature in the city.  These are urban flowers, or at least they will be when they bloom.  I like documenting all parts of the city:  the gritty parts like pipes and cracked sidewalks, beautiful buildings and bits of archituecture, and also bits of nature in the middle of the city.  These plants are starting to come up outside my work.  I am not sure what they will be.  I plan on taking photos of them as they grow and making more mandalas with them. 

This is the first mandala:

Coming Up Mandala

Coming Up Mandala

Between steps 8 and 9 you can rotate the the square for a different look.  The lower right corner of the square becomes the center of your mandala.  This is an alternate mandala I made using the same photo but turning it before step 9.

Coming Up Mandala 2

Coming Up Mandala 2

 

Ilah

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I am combining my digital art blog with my main blog.

January 12, 2009 at 8:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

This is a entry from my Digital Art Fun blog.  I am combining the two blogs.  There were only 4 posts in Digital Art Fun.  I will be putting the other 3 in here later.

Ilah

 

I am in the process of learning about digital art.  My goal is not just to learn, but to make learning fun.  This blog documents my experiments.  It is part how to and part show and tell. 

Some of this will be making things from scratch and some will be starting with other images.  For the images I will be using mostly my own photos or digital mandalas I have made.

I will be working with both Photoshop Elements (I have Photoshop Elements 5) and Microscoft Image Editor 2006.  Most post will just focus on one of the programs.

For my first experiments, I will be playing with mandalas I created on the Pattern Pie program.  The mandalas are created with black, white, and three shades of gray.

This is what one of the uncolored madalas looks like:

gray mandala #1

For the first coloring:

Layer styles: photograhic effects: blue tone

The easiest way of coloring, but not the most fun.

mandala #1 with blue tone

mandala #1 with blue tone

Now for an option that gives more choices:

New fill layer: solid color

Change mode to color

You can now select any shade you want.  I picked a bright purple with a little blue in it.

mandala #1 with purple fill layer

mandala #1 with purple fill layer

Next we do a new fill layer again, but choose gradient fill.  It is important that you change mode to color.  There are lots of options here.  After you click on the arrow by gradient, click of the new arrow to the side to see more gradient options.  The other options can make a big difference in the look of your picture.  The first image is with a rainbow gradient and the default options.

mandala #1 linear rainbow

mandala #1 linear rainbow

This next image is the same gradient but choosing the radial style.

mandala #1 radial rainbow

mandala #1 radial rainbow

This mandala is the same as the one above, except I have clicked the reverse button.

mandala #1 reverse radial rainbow

mandala #1 reverse radial rainbow

As you move the angle around the colors change.  This is the first radial rainbow mandala with the angle change to 45.

mandala #1 radial rainbow 45

mandala #1 radial rainbow 45

Changing the scale also changes the look of the mandala.  This is the first radial rainbow mandala at a scale of 50.

mandala #1 radial rainbow scale 50

mandala #1 radial rainbow scale 50

Thats it for now.  More coloring fun later

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An Altered New Year

January 12, 2009 at 8:30 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

This is a continuation of my New Years post.  I made some more mandalas that are altered versions of my original New Years mandala.  These were done on Microsoft Image Editor. 

The last post was on starting where you are, with what you have.  The thought for this post is:  but you don’t have to stay there.  Where you are is only a starting point.  You can change it as much as you want.

paint it pink mandala

paint it pink mandala

 

Dark Garden Mandala

Dark Garden Mandala

Moon and Stars Mandala 4

Moon and Stars Mandala 4

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New Year Mandalas

January 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

It is the time of the year where many people think about new beginnings and fresh starts.   There are two sides to this – grand dreams and where you are currently.  For right now, I am setting aside the the wonderful things I will do when I have the resources, when I have the time, when I have built up my skills.  Today I focus on what I can do now with what I have.

In the spirit of right here, right now, I am using a photo I took from my window earlier today. 

New Years Day Mandala

New Years Day photo

 A bare tree, a parking lot and a rather plain building – not a lot to work with.  Generally I photograph things that look interesting or have interesting details.  Also I take hundreds of digital pictures and then try out many different ones to see what looks good for mandalas.  Today, I am just going with one of two pictures I took from the nearest window.

After a little fiddling I came up with this mandala.

New Years Mandala

New Years Mandala

Where I am now is only a starting point.  So it is with my mandalas.  Over the past few weeks, I have been experimenting with modifying my mandalas with photoshop elements and microsoft image editor.  From now on in my blog I will be putting in more modified mandalas.
One line of experimentation is to try on various filters to give my mandala a hnad painted or hand drawn look.  At the same time, the mandala needs to keep enough detail that the symetry is still recognizable, even if basic elements are not.
photoshop "painted" mandala

photoshop "painted" mandala

The second type of experimenting is concerned only with the look of the finished image.  Many of them are very obviously digital creations.  This next mandala was made using one of my favorite special effects filters – glowing edges.
Shiny New Year Mandala

Shiny New Year Mandala

Ilah

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