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Jan 21, 2011

Kaleidoscope Snowflakes

kaleidoscope snowflake

You can buy pre-made templates for kaleidoscope snowflakes to use with Kaleidoscope Kreator.

Or...you can make your own! I used a free program, Mehdi Kaleidoscope 2.1 to make the kaleidoscope pictures. It works with Photoshop products and any program that can load Photoshop plugins (like Corel PhotoPaint or Paint Shop Pro). I used Photoshop Elements.

Make a kaleidoscope picture

Install the plugin.

Open a photo in Photoshop. I chose something with lots of blue. Crop the photo to a square. I try to get some color variety in the square and I often boost the saturation to get a brighter blue.

Click on the plugin. Make sure you have 6 "petals". Adjust the sliders or click "random" until you like what you see. Save your kaleidoscope picture.

How to make the kaleidoscope

If you have trouble viewing the slideshow, click here.

Super simple method: in Photoshop click on the Cookie Cutter Tool. Select the snowflake. Adjust the size. You're done! The drawback is that there's only one snowflake shape.

More complicated method, giving you a choice of snowflakes: open or import your kaleidoscope picture in a vector program. I usually use Corel Draw, but here I used Inkscape, because it's free and readily available.

How to make the cutout

Direct link to this slideshow, if it's not showing up.

You can cut these by machine if your cutter does print and cut.

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6 comments:

Diane O. said...

I guess I missed your original post on the Kaliedoscope Plug-in. I downloaded it today and had a heck of a time installing it until I realized it doesn't work with the 64bit version of Photoshop. It works fine with the 32 bit version though. Thanks for pointing me to the site. Making the kaliedoscopes is a bit addictive though.

Carol said...

Looks like it's not the only thing that doesn't work in the 64 bit version.

http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/photoshop-cs4-64bit-32bit.html

Carol

Laura said...

Wowwy - this is fab! Thanks for the heads up. I made a kaleidoscope and posted it on my blog, with a link back to your original post. Diane is right about the addiction thing :}
Laura

Eirik said...

Any plans for making a version of this plugin that will work with the 64 bit version of Photoshop?

Carol said...

Eirik,
I didn't make the plugin, I just use it!

Anonymous said...

I have successfully installed Kaleidoscope onto my 64 bit computer. When installing Photoshop you get both the 64bit version and the normal version on your computer, it is on the latter you will find the filter installed :-)