Kaleider manipulates images (and videos) to emulate various Kaleidoscope,
Mirroring, 3D Mirroring and Funneling effects. Effects can be controlled
manually to create particular desired results, or patterns can be automatically,
randomly generated to provide a fascinating, ever-changing display of colors and
image fragments. The Shifting/Wandering Effects feature adds dynamic
motion to graphics, and Rooms provides 3D depth perspectives to the display
of Kaleider patterns. The Mask/Mandala option merges a static
background with changeable, evolving patterns to produce interesting composite
images. Effects can be accompanied by music from the Audio
Player. Kaleider display sequences can be captured to
Video, and actions can be Scripted to create choreographed
performances of dynamic art, optionally controlled via a MIDI device.
This miniature Kaleider screen can be clicked to view a larger
image (see the rendered results below by the Mirroring item) =>
Click for a description of the latest enhancements:
Kaleider 4.9, 4.9.1 and
The features offered by Kaleider are summarized below:
addition to standard images, Video Files, Video Devices (webcams, camcorders,
TV tuners, etc.) and Image Sequence animations can be used to provide moving input
for Kaleider effects. A Video File, Video Device or Image Sequence
can be opened much like a normal image file, and will be displayed and played in
the main Kaleider window. A small Movie Controls panel is
available at the upper right corner of the screen to control how the Movie is
played. Kaleider effects can then be selected and rendered as
usual. Rendered effects will be continuously updated with each Movie
converts the display into a 3D environment, with Kaleider effects plastered
onto the walls, ceilings and floors of various Rooms. Randomly
placed and sized Bubbles, also coated with Kaleider patterns, can appear
within Rooms. Room scenes can optionally be split into Dual
and Quad Views. Keyboard commands can be used to navigate around
the Rooms, or Roam can be toggled on to automatically zoom through
Rooms, make turns, bounce off walls, etc.
Mask/Mandala feature can
overlay portions of the screen with a background, based on either a specified
Mask Shape or a Stencil image. The background areas can be
filled with either a solid color or another image. A Mandala is a
circular Mask with the background typically set to a solid color.
The Mask/Mandala Options screen is available to configure the
characteristics of Masking. It is possible to create custom Mask
Stencil images with the Create Mask function.
- The Kaleid Tools panel can reside along the right edge of the
screen. It contains convenient buttons for the most common functions and
Kaleider effects. The main Kaleider Menu and Windows Taskbar
can thus be hidden to make the full screen available for displaying images and
rendering effects. A Popup Menu, accessed by right-clicking the mouse,
provides another alternative for selecting Kaleider Menu options. An
optional Edit Tools bar along the bottom of the screen provides handy
controls for manipulating images and tiles.
Kaleider effects can be mapped onto various non-flat, curved
button on the Kaleid Tools panel can be clicked to access a popup menu from
which a Surface can be chosen. Other than the standard Flat
Surface, effects will tend to appear distorted when tiled over a
Surface, sometimes rather drastically.
- The Shifting Effects feature adds an element of motion to Kaleider
graphics. A rendered effect can be clicked and dragged with the mouse to
re-render the same effect based on different relative positions within the source
image. This motion can be automated with Wandering Effects, according to
predefined options and Wander Patterns.
- Various Kaleidoscope types can be selected, positioned on the
screen, resized as desired, and then rendered. These Kaleidoscope
varieties are available:
- Equilateral Triangle
- Right Triangle
- Alternate Angles
- Square Burst
- Triangle Star 8
- Triangle Star 12
- Square Pie
- Diamond Pie
Some of the Kaleidoscope types can also be 'split' to reflect half of the
shape onto the other half before rendering, creating different variations of
the Kaleidoscope effects. The mirrored side can be chosen by clicking
with the mouse (2 choices for Triangles and 4 choices for Rectangle
and Diamond types).
- The Mirroring feature of Kaleider
attempts to emulate generic flat mirrored surfaces. It can often produce
effects with unusual symmetries.
Mirror-like surfaces can be drawn on the screen, (up to 10 at a time), and then
'reflected' to mirror the portions of the screen not covered by mirrors.
Numerous pre-defined Mirror Patterns are also available for selection
(currently 70). Mirrors can be created and rendered within a
rectangular or diamond shaped box of specified size, which can then optionally be
tiled kaleidoscopically across the screen.
The images shown here were rendered from the Diamond Mirror Pattern
chosen in the screen above. =>
These examples also illustrate the use of the Shifting Effects feature, in
which the initial rendered image can be clicked and dragged with the mouse to
dynamically re-render the effect based on different relative positions within the
source image. In this case, the Center option (on Edit Tools)
has been set to automatically maximize effect symmetries. Then the underlying
source image was 'virtually' shifted until pictures that looked interesting to me
were formed. The 2nd image illustrates how Scaling Controls can be used
to interactively adjust the size of rendered Tiles. These are just 2
samples of the nearly unlimited variations that are possible of the same effect on
the same image!
Edit Tools options can be used to copy an image or a single tile to the
clipboard, which can then be pasted into another graphics program for further
manipulation (resizing, cropping, color adjustment, etc.). An image
or a single tile can also be saved to a file.
Mirrors emulate reflection from shiny surfaces that have curvature.
Spherical, Ellipsoidal and Cylindrical mirrors are like
adjustable fragments of larger reflective balls, eggs and columns. A
Skewed Cone mirror reflects from a distorted conical shape.
Rippled mirrors resemble the concentric waves that occur when a pebble is
dropped into a calm pond. A collection of Fun House mirrors create
distortions similar to novelty mirrors in an amusement park.
- The Funneling
feature of Kaleider creates 'infinite reflection' effects similar those seen when
two mirrors face each other. A Funnel of a particular shape can be
selected, sized and positioned as desired, and then rendered to replicate an enclosed
portion of the image, with ever diminishing size, toward the center of the shape.
Rendered Funnels can optionally be tiled kaleidoscopically across the
screen. The available Funnel shapes are:
- Right Triangle
As with Kaleidoscopes, most Funnel types can be 'split' to reflect half
of the rendered Funnel onto the other half, creating a more symmetrical
effect. The side to mirror can be selected by clicking with the mouse.
Scale/Rotate Controls are available to provide interactive functions for
scaling and rotation. A slider can be used to adjust the scale of effect
tiles from 10% to 200%, or a specific tile size can be entered. The source
image that an effect has been rendered from can be 'virtually' rotated, causing
pattern elements to turn around a chosen origin. Random tile rescaling
(Zooming in and out) and rotations can also occur during automated
Appearance Options are available to configure the Kaleider interface to suit individual preferences.
The original dark Kaleider appearance can be switched to a lighter, more
conventional look for people with sensitive eyes or dim monitors. The Interface
Scale can be adjusted to alter the size of text, buttons and other controls.
Kaleider can work with multiple
Patterns, each with its own source image and rendered effect. A
Pattern Area can optionally
be defined with each Pattern so that rendered effects will only appear within
that portion of the window. Patterns can be combined into composite
images called Pattern
Combos. Rendered effects, images and colors can be positioned and
scaled into Areas of various shapes. Stencil images can blend
these elements in complex ways.
The Scripting feature provides the ability to record and replay sequences of Kaleider effects and actions, making it possible to compose performances of dynamic art. Recorded Sequences can be saved to files. A Script Control and Editing screen provides options for loading, saving and editing Script Files and Recorded Sequences.
can also be captured to Video
files, making it possible to share Kaleider performances over the
internet. A Video Options screen is available to configure Video Format, Size, Frame Rate,
Video and Audio Compression Codecs, etc. Animations can also
be saved as sequences of still image files, and viewed via the Image Sequence Player.
When using source images that are larger than the screen size, the
Upscale Window provides
a way to render, display and save effects that are scaled up to match the resolution and
quality of the original source image. Kaleider is Large-Address-Aware,
which means that up to 3GB of memory can allocated for creating and saving quite large
Kaleider effects can be accompanied by music from the Audio Player , which
can play most common audio formats (MP3, MIDI, WAV, etc.), as well as audio
- The Animate Colors
feature performs a continuous series of color shifts on the pixels of the current
screen display, using a variety of Colorize Methods. The Up and Down
Arrow keys can also be used to step forward and backward through the color shifts
one at a time, (whether or not Animate Colors is activated).
Rendered images can be saved or printed if desired. A Quick Save feature
can be used to immediately save an image according to pre-defined parameters for the
save directory, file name and image format. The Save With Special Options screen provides additional
choices for saving images at customized sizes.
- Rendered images or individual tiles can be selected to serve as
wallpaper for the Desktop background.
Automatic Effects feature generates continuous Kaleidoscope,
Mirroring, 3D Mirroring and Funneling effects, according to
customized settings available through the Automatic Effects Configuration screen.
Automatic Effects can consist of any mixture of Random Effects and
Scripted Sequences, making it possible to design performances that are totally
random, entirely choreographed or some combination. These visual shows can
be accompanied by music.
- Veejays and other dynamic motion artists might use the MIDI Control capability to mix Kaleider
manipulations into their performances. Signals from a MIDI device can cause
images to display, Scripted sequences to begin, music selections to play, and
many other actions. It's also possible to play music from an attached MIDI
Kaleider can be downloaded to evaluate on a trial basis:
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