Mandala is a circular design that repeats the same element over and over again.
Use both Adobe Illistrator and Adobe Photoshop
Step 1 Illustrator
Draw a circle
Draw a horizontal line
Align with the circle
Copy the line
Paste in Front
Transform palette: Rotate 30°
Paste in Front and rotate
Repeat the steps.
Step 2 PhotoShop
Open the circle file in PS
Use magic wand to select a segment (click inside)
Fill the selection with black color
(Edit > Fill > Black)
With the selection still active copy it and paste on a separate layer.
Start looking for images you want to use for your design.
Save them in your folder.
Open them in PS
Drag each image onto the circle
This is what your Layers palette should look like
Make sure the images are above the layer with black segment.
Choose the layer right above the black segment
Go to Layer > Create Clipping Mask
Repeat the step with other image layers. Save.
Now you can move the images around, make selections, rotate and edit them.
Let’s say you are done. Merge all layers except for the background.
Copy the image layer
Edit > Flip Horizontally
Ctrl T to rotate. Move the rotation center to the center of the circle.
Rotate the layer
Repeat the steps to finish Mandala
Merge all mandala segments
Now you can delete the background circle
Add a nice background and a center piece. You should have 3 layers:
You can decide if you want to add text now or later.
Now it’s time to add some filter effects. You can apply effects to mandala and the center piece with or without background. Depending on your decision you will merge the appropriate layers. I am going to apply filter to the mandala and background.
So I merge all layers together.
Make a copy of this layer
Apply filter (or multiple filters) to the top layer. Save.
Now we blend the top layer into back layer.
Click on Quick Mask Mode
Use Gradient tool with Black-to-White gradient
Drag the gradient from left to right.
Switch back to Standard Mode
Now add the rest of the elements to your project. Have fun!