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For this eDition of Texture Tuesday, I want to show you how to make a version of a mandala. Here are a couple of examples of what I mean.
I used this image to create this 8-section mandala. Each section is composed of two parts. One part has an image and the other part is a mirror image reflection of the first part.
Here is another example.
To show how to do this, I will use the following image to make this mandala.
I believe this can be done using Photoshop Elements. However, I am using Photoshop CS6 on a Mac.
To see how to make these mandalas, click on the READ MORE > > >
To start with, you can download my 8-section mandala template from Box by clicking HERE.
This is a layered .psd document. There is a white background layer. Layer 1 is a wedge shape colored brown, Layer 2 is a similar wedge shape colored blue. A section of the image you are using is placed in the Layer 1 brown wedge and the mirror image of the Layer 1 image is placed in the blue wedge Layer 2. You may want to make a duplicate of this document to work on so that you don't mistakenly save your work on top of the original template. You may or may not see the light blue guide lines. You don't need them if they don't show.
This is the image I am going to use to show you how to make the mandala. You should use one of your own images. You want to select your whole image, Select > All, or use the keyboard shortcut, command / control + A.
You will see marching ants around your whole image. Then you want to copy this image by using Edit > Copy, or keyboard shortcut, command / control + C.
Next go back to the mandala document. With Layer 1 active, hold down the command / control key and click on the layer thumbnail to put a selection around the brown wedge.
Then, you want to paste your copied image into the selected wedge of the brown layer. Go to Edit > Paste Special > Paste Into.
This pastes your image into just the selected area. You will see a new layer above Layer 1 showing a mask that allows only that portion of the wedge that was selected to show the image.
Now you want to move the image so that the part you want to use is showing in the wedge. Use the Free Transform, command / control + T, to resize and pick the part of your image that you want in the wedge. (Sometimes, you are lucky and the part you want is already there. Then you don't have to do this step.)
Such as . . . I have resized and rotated the image to get just what I want in the wedge.
Accept your transform. And then with this same layer the active layer, Copy All. Notice that you are copying the entire 12 x 12 document, not just the part in the wedge. This will copy the image just as you have transformed it.
Then go to Layer 2 with the blue wedge. Hold down the command / control key and click on the layer thumbnail to put a selection around the blue wedge.
With Layer 2 active and the wedge selected, Paste Into, as done above.
Then, you want to flip the image horizontally. With the new layer with the image on it, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.
This gives you this.
Then you want to rotate the image -45 degrees. With layer 4 selected, use Free Transform, command / control + T, to put the transform box around the image. In the Transform option bar, change the angle from 0 degrees to -45 degrees.
And, now we have.
Accept the transform. Then with the Move Tool selected, move the image until you have them lined up exactly as mirror images. You will probably want to increase the view size so you can see more closely how the two images line up for the mirror image. I have mine at 100% view size in this example. This is the part that may take you a couple of minutes getting them lined up.
In my template, the brown wedge and blue wedge have a faint 1 pixel edge. This is to help you line up the two images. You can see these faint lines in light colored areas. They are not seen in darker area. If you want, change the layer fill for both Layer 1 and Layer 2 to 0 %. Then the lines do not show.
Now you have one section of the 8-section mandala completed. This was the hard part, well, not hard, but may take you a few minutes. Once you have made a mandala or two, It goes very quickly. From here on, it does go rather quickly.
We use this section to complete the remainder of the mandala. Make all four layers , 1, 2, 3, and 4, active and duplicate the layers. Then turn off the visibility of the four original layers. It looks the same. I do this in case I goof later I have them to go back to.
With the four copied layers selected, I want to merge them all into one layer. Go to Layer > Merge Layers, or the keyboard shortcut, command /control + E.
Now we have the one section of the mandala all on one layer. And then duplicate that layer.
We are going to rotate the copy -45 degrees. Select the Free Transform. In the box around the image, notice that the point of rotation is in the center of the image. This is not where we want to rotate about. We want to rotate about the lower right corner. In the option bar, notice that the reference point is the white box in the center, showing a rotation about the center.
We want to click on the bottom right corner making the rotation about that point.
When you look at the transform box you now see that the cross-hairs showing the point of rotation is in the lower right corner.
In the option bar, set the angle to -45 degrees. The copy rotates and we have this.
Accept the transform. Then merge these two layers into one layer, command / control + E.
Then duplicate the merged copy. And then flip the duplicate copy in the horizontal.
We now have this.
Use the Move Tool. Hold the Shift key down and move the copy toward the right until they are together. Holding the Shift key down while moving will constrain the move in the horizontal.
Merge these two layers into one layer.
Duplicate the merged layer.
Merge the two layers. And then flip in the vertical.
Holding down the Shift key, to constrain the move in the vertical, move the copy down until they join.
Then merge those two layers into one layer.
You now have completed the mandala. The guide lines do not print. However, if you don't want them showing, go to View > Clear Guides, to hide them.
This is the mandala without the guides.
If you don't want a white background behind the mandala, you can change it. I added to the background layer a new Solid Color fill layer by clicking on the button at the bottom of the layer panel.
I selected the light blue from the mandala and then selected a grayed version of it.
However, this is free & easy Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen. So I need a texture. I selected kk_abstract. This is what the texture looks like at Normal mode and 100% Opacity. I brought it in just above the Color Fill layer.
Then I left it at Normal Mode and reduced the Opacity to 50%.
And, this is my final image for this eDition of Texture Tuesday.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how to make an 8-section mandala. Once you have made one or two, it becomes very easy and fast to make more any time they would be useful to you and your scrapbooking.
Be sure to go to Texture Tuesday with Kim Klassen to see what others have done for this free & easy eDition of Texture Tuesday.
That's all for now.
Live life fully and enjoy.