Special Effect 1: Mirror Parts Of An Image

One of my all-time favorite special effects plug-in is the Xaos Tools (www.xaostools.com) Terrazzo 2.0. Designed to act like a digital kaleidoscope, it can also be used to merely mirror an image or part of an image. The image of a mountain range in Sedona, Arizona, taken with a Nikon 950 digital camera, and shown in Figure 41.2, was transformed into the photo shown in Figure 41.3 with Terrazzo 2.0.

To give the image a painterly look and to enable the small 1600 x 1200 pixel image to be enlarged enough to make a 14" x 10.5" print, the image was first enlarged with the Photoshop 7 Image Size. The Fo2Pix buZZ.Pro 2.0 was then used to give it the painterly look and to smooth out the pixelization that occurred when the image was enlarged. After duplicating the background layer, the Photoshop 7 Magnetic Lasso tool was used to quickly select the sky and clouds. The Terrazzo 2.0 plug-in was then used to mirror the selected portion of the image. Figure 41.4 shows the Terrazzo 2.0 dialog box and the settings that were used. The image was then flattened.

Terrazzo 2.0 is a fascinating plug-in that can be used to create all kinds of unusual and cool images. Try using it on flowers, trees, or other natural elements that do not have the perfect symmetry that this plug-in can create. If you thought that the magical tree in Technique 30 could be created using Terrazzo 2.0 — you are correct. A little cloning in parts of an image can hide some of the perfection that would otherwise make the image too perfect to be believable.

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