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Kaleidoscope Snowflakes
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Kaleidoscope Snowflakes
Created by:Teaser

Kaleidoscope Snowflake
This is a quick and easy tutorial to make snowflakes or lace patterns using the Kaleidoscope effect in PSP. From experimenting you'll soon see that just like real snowflakes, none of your images will turn out the same it may even happen that the snowflakes you make following this tutorial look a bit different from the images shown here so don't worry about that!

Standard Toolbar - New (image) button
Create a new image:
Width = 200 pixels
Height = 200 pixels
Resolution = 72
Background Color = White
Set Styles and colors as follows:
Both foreground and background style = Solid Color
Foreground color = a medium blue
(Red = 128, Green = 128, Blue = 255; HTML code = #8080FF)
Background color = a light blue
(Red = 192, Green = 192, Blue = 255; HTML code = #C0C0FF)
Go to View || Rulers to turn on the rulers. If you want to turn them off later repeat this step.
Layer Palette - Create layer button Create a new layer and name it "Snowflake 1".

Tool Palette - Airbrush tool
Activate the Airbrush tool and set as follows:
Shape = Round
Size = 50
Hardness = 100
Opacity = 100
Step = 100
Density = 15

Note

Note: There are 2 ways of completing the next step:
Method #1: Refer to the Status bar located at the bottom left of your work area.
Method #2: Refer to the crosshairs of the cursor on the ruler.
Use whichever method is most comfortable for you.

Crosshair Location

With your Airbrush still selected, hover the cursor over the image and place the crosshairs on the ruler as close to 100 on the left and 100 on the top as possible. This step is important, but don't worry that you cannot lock in exactly at 100 x 100, it can be off as much as 2 or 3 points either way and will still work.

If you are using the Status bar as a reference, follow the values inside the parenthesis and get as close to 100 x 100 as possible.

Click and release the left mouse button quickly one time. The longer the mouse button is held, the heavier the color builds. We want just a light spray.

Go to Effects || Reflection Effects || Kaleidoscope and set as follows:
Horizontal offset = 13
Vertical offset = 2
Rotation angle = 262
Scale factor = 38
Number of petals = 6
Number of orbits = 0
Radial suction = 12
Click on OK.
Layer Palette - Create layer button Create another new layer and name it "Snowflake 2".

Tool Palette - Airbrush tool

Activate the Airbrush tool, leave the settings unchanged.

Hover the cursor over the image again as close to 100 x 100 as possible. This time, use the right mouse button. Quickly click and release it once.

Finished Snowflake

Go to Effects || Reflection Effects || Kaleidoscope again and leave all settings the same except for these values:
Horizontal Offset = 14
Vertical Offset = 1
Radial suction = 7

Click on OK. Your first snowflake image is complete!




Standard Toolbar - New (image) button

Let's make another one!

Create a new image: Hold down the Shift key and click on the New Image button to create a new image with the same specs as the previous one.

Layer Palette - Create layer button Create a new layer; this time it's not necessary to name the layer.

Tool Palette - Airbrush tool

Activate the Airbrush tool, leave all settings unchanged except:
Shape = Left Slash

Hover the cursor over the image again getting as close to 100 x 100 as possible.

Right-click for the background color and, without moving, immediately left-click for the forground color.

Finished Snowflake Go to Effects || Reflection Effects || Kaleidoscope and set as follows:
Horizontal offset = -5 (minus 5)
Vertical offset = 9
Rotation angle = 262
Scale factor = 38
Number of petals = 6
Number of orbits = 0
Radial suction = 5
Click on OK.

This last one could also go as a nice lace pattern. Here are some other examples for lace patterns:

This one was made just like the first snowflake, with the Airbrush Shape = Round and two layers for the foreground and background color each. The Kaleidoscope settings for the foreground color layer were the same as for the first snowflake, and for the background color layer I just changed the Radial Suction = 7.

For this last one, I began like for the second snowflake, with the Airbrush Shape = Left Slash and a background-color spray just above the foreground-color spray. For the Kaleidoscope effect, I used these settings different:
Horizontal offset = 4
Vertical offset = 17
Radial suction = 7


Note

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Some final notes on when you experiment on your own with this tutorial:

When changing the values inside the Kaleiscope dialog box, concentrate on the Horizontal and Vertical Offset and the Radial Suction fields. These are the ones that will give you the most pleasant outcome for snowflakes.

By all means try the other fields too because this will teach you how each field affects the outcome of the image.

And don't forget to try out different Airbrush shapes!

Most importantly, keep a notebook beside you or have your notepad on the PC open and write down the settings you fell upon that you really liked so you have them for future reference.