January 22: Geometrical Mosaics (Technique) Hello there scrappers! Can you believe we are on Day 22 of MOC? I can't! It's flying by so fast and all the layouts astound me, from the creativity, the color combinations and all of these fun challenges! I'm WOW'ed every year! Today, we are going to be making a Geometrical Mosaic. I do use Photoshop, but will provide some links for other software at the end of my post. PSE is very similar but there might be some slight differences in names or layer properties. The goal of this challenge is to introduce creating mosaics. Let's get started! Here is my initial image. This is the only item in my Layers Palette. Next, you will choose Filter > Blur > Guassian Blur. A menu will pop up for the Guassian Blur. You will move the slider from between 100 to 250, depending on how blurry you want the layer to appear. If you have Preview checked, you can see how blurry the background gets as you slide left or right. Click ok. Once you have clicked Ok on the Guassian Blur, your "Background" layer will change to Layer 0. You will then right click on your Layer 0, and duplicate it. I renamed mine to L1. (The name may not change in PSE, you can do it manually.) Next, you will choose Filter > Pixelate > Crystallize. Crystallize will allow the photo to be broken up into smaller geometric shapes, almost an irregular pixelization, and it appears as if it is cracked all over. The pop up menu will appear, and you will want to move the slider towards the right. For my example, I wanted bigger shapes, so I used 250. If you want smaller geometric shapes, pick a number lower, possibly around 150. After I click ok, I will be done working with my second layer. Here is what it looks like at this point. Now, you will make a duplicate of L1, and I renamed mine to L2. We are going to use another Filter again. Choose Filter > Stylize > Find Edges. The layer will turn white and look as if it has cracks in it. This is normal and correct. Don't panic. You can change the L2 layer to a Blend Mode of Multiply. Your image will then seem to have highlighted the cracks. You can see the difference, by turning the visibility of L2 on and off. Here is what my image and Layers Palette looks like at this point. OPTIONAL You can duplicate the L2 layer and rename it L3. Once you have changed the name, you can play with the Blend Modes. I tried Soft Light, and created some nice edges to show off the geometric mosaic, plus the colors popped a bit more. Checking out how each Blend Mode works with the layer is another fun way to see how easily things can change in color or definition. I decided for mine to use L3 but changed it to Linear Burn to get some darkness and definition. Without the Layers Palette in the way: Here is the layout I created: Here are some other tutorials I have found regarding Geometric Mosaics, Pixelization, and Mosaics. If yours is not listed here, please let me know, so I can do some research. I am not familiar with all of these programs, but I will try to help the best that I can! Corel Draw: http://learn.corel.com/tutorials/creating-mosaics-with-pointillizer-extension/ Gimp: https://docs.gimp.org/en/plug-in-mosaic.html Inkscape: http://www.shmoggo.com/uncategorized/low-poly-art-tutorial-using-inkscape/ Artisan: http://mypixels2pages.com/1_GettingStartedWithA5/BrightIdeas/p2P_MosaicMagicBI_GS5.pdf Serif: (Pixelate/Stained Glass) http://www.serif.com/appresources/HLX4/Help/en-us/PhotoPlus/Effects/Stylistic_effects.htm Scrapbook Max: (maybe crackle and mosaic?) http://www.serif.com/appresources/HLX4/Help/en-us/PhotoPlus/Effects/Stylistic_effects.htm Fotor, Generator: https://www.fotor.com/app.html#/editor/effect (For Fotor, you will need to create it. Try Tilt+Shift - Brush/Apply and Pixelate/Apply to achieve the effect.) Photoshop: Stained Glass Filter, Mosaic Filter and a Pixelization filter that you could try as well. I have also written a tutorial called Pixelization for Pink Reptile Designs, which is another way to get a square effect of Geometric Mosaics on your layout: http://pinkreptiledesigns.blogspot.com/2016/04/tutorial-pixelizing.html Or the Stained Glass filter for Pink Reptile Designs tutorial: http://pinkreptiledesigns.blogspot.com/2018/01/fun-with-filters-stained-glass-filter.html Here are the requirements for the challenge: 1. Create a geometric mosaic out of an image. The geometric mosaic can be square, circle, triangle or irregular like my example. 2. The geometric mosaic should take up at least 1/4th of your layout. No ATC's will be accepted. 3. Post the original image in this thread, along with your completed layout. 4. You must use scrap product on your page; you cannot have JUST a photograph. Remember to follow the 75% current product rule (see below). I am SOOOOO excited to see what you create! Get to scrapping, everyone! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ General Requirements: Your page must be a new page in order to count for the Month of Challenges. Your page must be posted in three places: Uploaded to the TLP Gallery (not an outside hosting site). Posted in your page thread you created in the MOC Layouts Folder. You should have one post per completed challenge page. If you complete all 31 challenges, your thread should contain 31 posts. Please do not comment in the participants’ page threads so we can keep them clean. Posted in this thread. People can comment here if they wish. Pages should contain at least 75% current Lilypad product (currently for sale in the store from either permanent designers or guest designers).