Working with Divisions

Divisions are the main essence of Mandala Painter. With them the graphics duplication is very easy. Basically you paint something with Mandala Painter then simply set the division number and watch how the contet get duplicated around the center.

Every Layer has it own Division settings. You can copy and paste the settings between layers. Also you can Save the Division settings.

Custom divisions

Mandala Painter capable to do more than simple rotations! It's possible eg. to scale up every second division or to lighten every third or to create spiral effects. This section will explain you the basic concept of divisions.

Absolute Divisions: You can address a direct clone of the original layer with Absolute Divisions.
Eg. if you want to modify the 8th petal you have to go to Division Panel / Custom / Absolute Divisions / Division 8.

  • You cannot modify the original layer from the Custom Division dialog! You have to do that manually.
  • You can modify several petals at a time in one Division settings.

n. Divisions: You can address several clones of the original layer with n. Divisions.
Eg. if you want to modify every 2nd petal go to Division Panel / Custom / n. Divisions / Every 2. Division (2,4,6,8,10,12)
Eg. if you want to modify every 3rd petal go to Division Panel / Custom / n. Divisions / Every 3. Division (3,6,9,12,15,18)

  • You cannot modify the original layer from the Custom Division dialog! You have to do that manually.
  • You can modify several petals at a time in one Division Settings (eg. every 2nd and every 3rd).

Also you can combine Absolute Divisions with n. Divisions. Eg. Modify the 5th and every 3rd petal.

 

Clicking on the Custom button on the division window will show you the division settings dialog. Here you can see three tabs:

Absolute division:

Under this tab you can modify the absolute elements of a division. For example you have a petal with a 12 multiplication and you want to modify only the fourth and the fifth petal. You simply open the Division 4. and Division 5. panels and make some modifications to that elements.

n. Division:

Mostly you want to modify a subset of the elements of a division. Under this tab you can modfiy groups of elements. In the title of the panels you can see the absolute number of the elements that will change. Eg. Every 2. panel refers to every second element.

Division element settings

Each element has several options you can modify:

  • Basic
    Intensity controls the opacity of the element
    Center distance controls the distance of the elemet from the layer center
    Mirror X and Y mirrors the element
    Visibility controls if the element is visible or not
  • Transformation
    Scale X and Y scales the element
    Rotation rotates the element around it's own center
    Turn rotates the element around the layer center
    Position X and Y shifts the element coordinates
  • Color
    You have to check the Enable color effects checkbox to use this modifications:
    Hue ,Saturation and Lightness controls the H,S, L values Brightness and Contrast the Brightness and Contrast J
    Color effects consume more CPU power so you need a fast PC if you want to use. If the update gets slow turn off color effects.

 

Base

When you make modifications to an element the values based on the element values. If you enter a negative value here eg. -1 then the base of the modification will be the previous element. In case of a -2 value the base will be the second previous element.

A Negative base value example:

  • You have a division with 12 rotations.
  • Go to Division Panel / Custom / n. Divisions / All Divisions (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) / Basic
  • Check Enable Settings checkbox
  • Set intensity eg. to 0.5
  • Now you can see that every petal changed the Intensity value to 0.5
  • If you set the Intensity Base to -1 and the Intensity value to 0.75 you'll see that the petals fades away because
    the actual petal intensity = the previous petal multiplied with 0.75!
  • Playing the same with Center Distance creates Spiral like effects...

If you specify a positive value then the soruce of the calculation will be the absolute petal addressed by the base value.
Eg. Base value 5 will source from the 5th petal.

Base set to 0 with Intensity:
(Intensity values calculated absolute from the 1st petal)

Base set to -1 with Intensity:
(Intensity values calculated relative from the previous petal)

Base set to -1 with Center Distance:
(Center Distance values calculated relative from the previous petal)

Variables:

During the work you may want to access some setting quite often. Normally you would have to always open the custom division dialog and make the modifications. To avoid this it's possible to assign variables to the settings. The variables will show up in the Division window under the Save button.

You have 20 variable slots. You can assign controllers to every slots. The number in the variable editor specifies the variable slot. If you push the right arrow at the right side of the editor a variable will be created automatically for you.

Custom Divisions Videos

 

 

 

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