Conformal mappings / Spiral Mandala in Photoshop? Cool technique I can't figure out.

Discussion in 'Photoshop Tutorials' started by Ethergnat, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. Ethergnat

    Ethergnat Guest

    I'm not entirely sure I've got the right name but this is the effect
    I'm trying to recreate:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbprzd/183419808/in/set-72157594172266668/
    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=183602032&size=m

    It's an incredibly cool Escheresque/Fractal kind of technique and I'd
    love to know how to do it. The only pointers I can find on how to do it
    involve Linux and Gimp, two things I'd just assume avoid (nothing
    personal, I just don't know the software).

    There must be some kind of plugin somewhere that can facilitate these
    kinds of manipulations. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
    Ethergnat, Sep 1, 2006
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    Tom Nelson Guest

    http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=183602032&size=m
    I don't know how he did it but here's how I think it could be done in
    Photoshop. The original photo was this:
    http://www.tnphoto.com/fractal.gif
    The boy is sitting on the couch with a blank frame propped against his
    shoulder. The frame with the hand holding it is a separate photo (the
    hand looks out of scale, doesn't it?). Both the frame in the boy's
    photo and the frame closeup were distorted using Filter>Liquify.
    The photographer removed the boy's hand and inserted the frame,
    omitting the frame's bottom right corner. The photo at that point
    looked like this:
    http://www.tnphoto.com/fractal2.gif
    To blend the two, the photographer added yellow frame and red cushion
    where I've painted yellow and red in my sketch.

    All that was left to do was copy the image, reduce it and paste it into
    the frame over and over.

    What do you think?

    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
     
    Tom Nelson, Sep 3, 2006
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    Ethergnat Guest

    Ethergnat, Sep 6, 2006
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    Tom Nelson Guest

    Fascinating stuff!
    Tom Nelson
    Tom Nelson Photography
     
    Tom Nelson, Sep 7, 2006
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    Seb Przd

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    Well, not at all! Everything is done from one shot and through the magic of complex numbers. I have gone into a bit more detail on this page and in the following ones: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sbprzd/285550891/
     
    Seb Przd, Nov 14, 2006
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