To create a tessellation, do these steps in order:
1. Go to file>new> custom from the drag down menu.
2. Create an 8" high x 8" wide document with 300 resolution.
3. Create grid line markers at the 4" wide and 4" tall area by dragging from the rulers. If you are not able to view the rulers, press view > view ruler and check next to it.
4. Save as Tessellation 8 inch template in your templates folder or desktop.
5. Choose a photograph that you think may look good as a tessellation from iPhoto. Tree branches, flowers, etc work well.
6. Drag that photo into the icon for Photoshop as a new file. (Do not drag it on top of the mandala until you've cropped it to the correct size using the steps below!)
7. Crop within the image to a square. Use the option on the top left side to change it from "unconstrained" to 1 x 1 square.
8. Edit the size of the image by pressing image > image size and change to 4" wide and 4" height, 300 resolution.
9. Drag the image of the original cropped photo using the move tool to the mandala template and position it in a corner.
10. Duplicate the layer by going layer> duplicate layer
11. Move the duplicate layer to the side and change how it's positioned by going edit> transform >rotate > flip horizontal, or flip vertical, etc.
12. Keep duplicating the original layer to make four separate layers of the same image and work with them to make sure they meet in a pleasing matter.
13. Move the guide to make sure there's no white areas. If there are, reposition the images so they overlap slightly.
14. When they look best, merge the layers by pressing layer > merge visible and then adjust the brightness/contrast as needed.
15. ***For your fourth mandala, resize your image to 2" square and create a new document that is 8" square and grid it out into 2" squares. Put your images within that canvas (see my example above).
16. Save as a jpeg and save as lastname.firstname.mandala1, 2, 3, 4*** (do four total) in the shared folder in the common drive- rbv-class1 > 231Common > Period# > 01-23-2016 Tessellations.
17. When you are done, create a new blog post on your website called "Tessellations" and put your four finished tessellations and the original photograph that you used to create each one. Explain the following:
1. What tessellation means.
2. How you created the mandala in your own words- so that you can recreate it on your own two years from now. Do not cut and paste the instructions from this website!
3. Any struggles you had making this project
4. What you are most proud of making this project.
Graded based on:
5 points: Photographs focused, exposure is correct, no dust in the sky
5 points: Time on task- each day working hard, excellent citizenship
5 points: Computer work- sized correctly, geometric pattern in the middle, no lines between the quadrants, saved as lastname-firstname-mandala1,2,3,4.jpg in the appropriate folder, three are 4" squares and one is a 2" square.
5 points: Blog post- answered all questions in complete sentences, put your finished pieces up along with the original photographs.