1. Photoshop 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 (show rulers CMD + r).
4. Save as Mandala 8 inch template in your templates folder.
5. Choose a photograph that you think may look good as a mandala from Lightroom. Tree branches, flowers, etc work well.
6. Open the image As a Copy in Photoshop.
7. Look at image size. If it is larger then 12" wide, change the dimensions to 8" x 12", 300 resolution. To do this select Image > Image Size from the dropdown menu
8. Crop within the image to 4" square. Tip: once you select the crop tool, at the top there is an option to get
1 x 1 (square). Select that to make sure you can get a perfect square. Make sure it's 300 resolution!
9. Drag the image of the original crop to the blank canvas and position it in a corner. Use the Move tool (v).
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, re-position the images so they overlap slightly.
14. When they look best, merge the layers and then adjust the level, colors etc as desired using adjustment layers.
16. ***For another mandala, re-size 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 last example).
Lesson created by Mrs. Moncure @RBVHS