Wednesday, June 29, 2011

K/ Alphabe-Thursday


KALEIDOSCOPIC whimsy

When I was a little KID, I was fascinated by a toy someone gave me for my birthday, a KALEIDOSCOPE. You probably had one too, a tube you looked into and as you turned it,  colourful shapes tumbled and formed beautiful patterns.

This week I learned a Photoshop Elements trick that transforms photos into similar kaleidoscopic patterns. The design above came from this photo of some pinks:


Now that I'm a big KID, I still like to play so here's another KALEIDOSCOPIC pattern from a photo of dames' rockets:

Mauve kaleidoscope

OK, I know not all of you like the idea of playing with your photos. BUT for those of you who do, you can find the instructions HERE


I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

36 comments:

texwisgirl said...

oh that's very cool! thanks for sharing it!

aka Penelope said...

That is an amazing result … so pretty and the symmetry looks very similar to kaleidoscope patterns. Technology provides so many creative opportunities. What fun!

VP said...

Original and creative pictures!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I like this.I will be checking out the instructions.

Jane said...

In my day kaleidoscopes were made of tin, but I remember playing with mine a lot. What interesting photos these make.

cieldequimper said...

Boy did I love my kaleidoscope. I wonder if it's in the cellar at Mum and Dad's! :-) This is a super trick, too bad I'm no good at Photoshop!

Winchester Daily Photos said...

Yes kalediscopes were fantastic, toys! Your photos are good too.

Evelyn S. said...

Is that feature only in the full PhotoShop program? I have just Elements. (BTW...regarding my mother's peony garden: most of those peonies are ones she purchased years ago. However, some are seedlings that she produced herself. She never did it to sell them, although some of her "creations" are sold by two commercial peony farms in Oregon. Her work with the wild peony led to a visit by two Chinese botanists who were researching wild peonies, etc. We made a fascinating trip to the wilderness to dig wild peonies one May so they could take them back to China for their research.)

Janie said...

Interesting patterns. It's amazing what software can do with photos.

Ms. Becky said...

thanks for sharing this neat trick. I love your kaleidoscope shots. I looked at the first one before reading and thought "now how in the?"
great shots EG.

eileeninmd said...

Very creative and it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing this neat idea.

Riet said...

Oh I love this. Of course I had a kaleidoscope two. I am going to see how to make it in photoshop. Thank you for the tip.

Esther Joy said...

What creative use of a "k" word!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That's pretty neat!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It is amazing what Photoshop can do! Someday I want to invest in this program. Your flower photos do look like pretty kaleidoscope images.

edenhills said...

That is so much fun! What a great way for grown ups to enjoy kaleidoscopes!

Teresa

Randy said...

These are so cool!

Judie said...

One of my favorite toys!! And I actually have manipulate4d my photos to mimic a kaleidoscope!! This is a wonderful post!!

Jack said...

That is pretty cool! I like kaleidoscopes, too. I probably have a dozen around here somewhere. I would love to learn how to do that effect, but, alas, I am too lazy to work my way through the instructions.

Rose said...

They are pretty, and BTW, I love kaleidoscopes, too.

Sivinden said...

It looks like the flowers in the first picture are floating above the background. Playing is fun:)

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

That is a very cool effect EG. Thanks for the instructions!

see you there! said...

I like the effect although trying Photoshop generally gives me a headache.

Darla

Roan said...

Yep, I had one. Cool shots!

Jenny said...

I love kaleidoscopes, too!

And how fun to do that with flowers. It looks beautiful after you manipulate the designs.

I am going to avoid even visiting your link until I visit all the K links! It looks like so much fun though!

Thanks for a kool post this week!

A+

Halcyon said...

I need to get this effect. Love what you did with the flowers. :D

Sue said...

Really neat! Love the last one especially...

=)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

love this!

I will definitely give it a try!

Craver Vii said...

Photo-kaleidoscopes... who'd a thunk?! I can't wait to try it! :-)

Craver Vii said...

I just realized that's Photoshop, which I don't have. Oh well... It's always fun to see the images you've created.

Judie said...

I wish I had photoshop, but I have another program. Those pics are sooooo cool! I loved to try that!

Jingle said...

love these flowers very much,
what a delightful K post.

☆☆Mumsy said...

I love playing with photoshop, and wish to have more time to learn..

Yours are beautiful!

Pondside said...

I still love to look into a kaleidoscopic!

Lindy MacDuff said...

Fascinating - and beautiful! Thank you for sharing the how-to link. =)

myorii said...

Oh how cool! I don't have photoshop element but I do wonder if photoshop has a similar function. Looks like you can make a lot of really cool images with this!

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