Mandala Addiction Is Real

My name is Kathy and I am addicted to mandalas.  There, I said it.  It is the perfect combination of symmetry and color and design for me.  I started playing with them this summer on an airplane ride to pass the time.  I got the Circular Tiny Planet App and started loading some images into it.  It didn’t take long for me to become addicted.  Then a month or so ago I found the Pixelmator App and it has a kaleidoscope effect on it.  Life changing!!  There are literally hundreds of combinations and you can get entirely different mandalas from one image.

 

Here is an example using an original image I took at the Chihuly Glass exhibit in Seattle.

Original Image

 

Then I did three different Mandalas in the Pixelmator App

 

Pixelmator is currently only available on Mac products but I think they are coming out with a PC version next year.  My method is to save the original picture from LR to my phone or iPad.  Then I load it into Pixelmator. Using the paint bucket icon I crop to a square image and then using the same paint bucket icon I choose “Add Effects” and select the kaleidoscope option.  From there you can use your finger to change the center point or spin the upper dot around the screen for literally hundreds of options!  Once I save it I import it back into LR and play with contrast or sharpening or anything else.  Honestly I don’t do much in LR with it at all.  I am amazed at the print quality of the mandalas too.  They key to creating a good one is starting with a good high resolution image that has a lot of contrast in tones and colors.  They make wonderful calendars and greeting cards.

 

There you go…. a little more about my Mandala process!

 

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