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.
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 5.2 and 5.2.1
The features offered by Kaleider are summarized below:
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.
The Mirroring feature of Kaleider emulates generic mirrored
surfaces defined within rectangular or diamond shaped boxes. 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 82). Mirrors can be created and rendered within a
rectangular or diamond shaped box of a 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 sample screen shown at the top of this page: =>
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 the Scale/Rotate Controls
can be used to interactively adjust the size and rotation of rendered Tiles.
These are just 2 samples of the nearly unlimited variations that are possible of the
same effect on the same image!
It is also possible to produce interesting variations of mirroring effects by applying
Mirror Transforms, which can
alter the reflection properties of Mirrors in unusual ways.
- 3D 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.
- A rendered effect (Kaleidoscope,
Mirror, 3D Mirror or Funnel) can be stored as a Sequon. A Sequon can
later be applied to recreate the exact same effect with any source image, optionally
scaled appropriately for source images of different sizes. Sequons can
also be included with Random Effects and Automatic Effects.
The Sequons feature makes it possible to develop a library of your favorite,
most often used effects.
- In 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
- The Rooms option
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.
- The 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 toggled off 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. The
Edit Tools bar along the bottom of the screen provides handy controls for
manipulating images and tiles, including options to save images or tiles.
Images or tiles can also be copied to the clipboard for use by other graphics
programs, or an image can be pasted from the clipboard.
- Kaleider effects can be mapped onto various non-flat, curved
button on the Kaleid Tools panel can be clicked to toggle on/off the currently
selected non-flat Surface. Right-click to access a popup
menu of Surfaces to choose from. Other than the standard Flat
Surface, effects will tend to appear distorted when tiled over a Surface,
sometimes rather drastically.
- The Shifting Effects capability 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.
- 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. A Combo can be stored as a Build so that the same Combo
structure can be quickly recreated.
- 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
- Display 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. The Scaled Size is adjustable.
- Kaleider effects can be accompanied by music from the
, which can play most common audio formats (MP3,
MIDI, WAV, etc.), as well as audio CDs.
- 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).
- Flexible options are available for saving Kaleider images and Tiles to
files. Remake Scripts can optionally be saved along with images so that
the images can later be reconstructed. A Quick Save function 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
- Images can also be printed, or set as wallpaper for the Desktop
- The 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.
Kaleider can be downloaded to evaluate on a trial basis:
Download Kaleider =>
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having to re-download it: Register Kaleider
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