Construct a kaleidoscopic collage effect using Photoshop in 15 simple steps

Retro effects and collage maker tools are very much in vogue at the moment. The kaleidoscopic technique revealed here was discovered when trying to combine photography and collage elements, and take it a step further. You can apply this method to any existing imagery, turning it into an abstract, intriguing pattern.

Over the following steps, I'll show you how to create a complex-looking image using Photoshop: we'll experiment with a variety of imagery, marks and photos - or whatever elements you already have - to build up a digital collage with a handmade feel. And unlike when you're creating purely handmade work, the possibilities to experiment are endless because you can always click Undo. Once created, you can take your image and turn it into a fascinating pattern, background or wallpaper.

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