So, some of you may be wondering how my adventures in Photoshop are going. Not much to report, actually, I haven’t had much opportunity to practise what I learnt the last time, and so now when I go to Photoshop I’m scratching my head and saying to myself “How did I manage to do that the last time?!”  And I’m having to re-do and re-learn it all over again. Right now I can just about select, cut and paste an object and make that object repeat. That’s it.

When I get frustrated doing something, or when my creative juices aren’t flowing, I find that doing something else that takes my mind off the problem helps my subconscious work things out. So, the other day when I found that my image just wasn’t repeating in Photoshop the way I was willing it to, I decided to go play on my Galaxy S4 instead. 

I was playing around with the Android App PicsArt, just to get inspiration for scrapbooking-style images, when I came across the “Distort” link, which had a “Mirror” effect on it.  Normally, an App with mirroring effects will give you just vertical or horizontal mirror images. But PicsArt goes one further and offers Horizontal, Vertical, Mode 1 and Mode 2, with an (oh joy of joys!) Offset slider. Which means not only can I create a mirror image of my original image, I can then change at which point it splits into its mirror image.  

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Then, also in PicsArt, I found the “Collage” section, where I can choose a vast variety of layouts for my images, and have them arranged a la the iOS App Diptic-style. As I wanted symmetrical and equal pattern repeats, I chose either the 4-square option, or the 9-square option. By minimising the corner radius and border size to 0, I’m able to get a perfectly repeated pattern that lines up. 

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And so, here are some results of my experimentation. The following shows the process flow:

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Not quite Photoshop, but close, don’t you think ;-) ?!  I’m really pleased with how this has worked out, so I’m going to devote a few more posts to this subject. Practice makes perfect, as they say. The final image above has a slight wonk on the right, it’s very slight, but I can see it. So, will work on my technique more. But the potential is certainly there…

Next, I’m going to try to see if I can jig some sort of “half drop” effect, as I haven’t yet found any App capable of doing this.  If anyone reading this knows of such an app, please do let me know!