Creating a kaleidoscope - moving patterns

When you start application at first time, you will see approximately the ArtScope screen (the sliding toolbar is presented in the lower part).

Main screenshot 

Icons

Features description

Values

Название: download images  Название: load images in layer 1  Название: download images  Название: download images  Название: download images

Download image/images (picture, photo, and icon) to the appropriate layer. In Windows Explorer, hold Shift/Ctrl and use the mouse pointer to select multiple files. The application supports up to 6 layers.

Shift + Название: Select background color

Select background color and transparency. Example Sample3.scope

Название: Delete icon

Delete current (visible) image from the corresponding layer. File is not deleted.

Название: Copy settings from L2 to L3/Название: Copy settings from L3 to L2

Copy settings from L2 to L3/copy settings from L3 to L2

Название: Slider of rotation

The slider allows you to set the tile’s rotation velocity from 0.5 to +/- 15 degrees for Layer 1. Double click sets value to 0.

-15 - + 15

degree.

Название: Slider to change tile size

The slider allows you to alter image size and depending on the size a different number of images can be packed into the sector, (i.e. images are placed like tiles, small size - many tiles, big size – few tiles). In animation process this slider sets size range (from left to right), mouse double-click sets the lower bound (the smallest size), Shift + mouse click set the upper bound (the largest size).

1-1000

Название: Slider allows you to set the initial direction of tile's size change from small to large



Название: Slider allows you to set the initial direction of tile's size change from large to small

Slider allows you to set the initial direction of tile's size change from small to large and vice versa. In this case, the tile size will increase from small to large.

In this case the tile size is maximum and then will gradually decrease.

Название: Enable/disable the odd sectors

Enable/disable the odd sectors.

Название: The slider changes image/tiles opacity.

The slider changes image/tiles opacity.

0-1

Название: During animation, the slider allows you to set the speed of rotation of the sector in degrees per frame.

During animation, the slider allows you to set the speed of rotation of the sector in degrees per frame. Double click sets the value to 0.

-15 - +15 degree.

Название: The slider allows you to set the tile’s rotation velocity from 0.5 to 15 degrees.

The slider allows you to set the tile’s rotation velocity from 0.5 to 15 degrees. Double click sets value to 0.

-15 - +15 degree.

Название: Vertical slider allows you to set the velocity of tile’s size alteration in layer 2 (per frame) (lower value – greater smoothness).

Vertical slider allows you to set the velocity of tile’s size alteration in layers 2,3 (per frame) (lower value – greater smoothness).

0.1-12

Название: Vertical slider allows you to set the height of a sector in layer 2 or/and 3, so you can get a shape of a round Kaleidoscope (i.e. mandala).

Vertical slider allows you to set the height of a sector in layer 2 or/and 3, so you can get a shape of a round Kaleidoscope (i.e. mandala). You can see an example to the right. Double click on the slider just sets the value in½.

Название: Mandala

Название: Vertical slider allows you to set the height of the sector’s central point in layer 2 or/and 3, so you can get the shape of a Star Kaleidoscope/Mandala.

Vertical slider allows you to set the height of the sector’s central point in layer 2 or/and 3, so you can get the shape of a Star Kaleidoscope/Mandala. You can see an example to the right. Double click on the slider just sets the value in½.

Название: Mandala 16

Название: Enable/disable symmetry in layer 2 or 3.

Enable/disable symmetry in layer 2 or 3.


Название: The number of sectors in layer 2 or 3.

The number of sectors in layer 2 or 3. To the right you can see an example for 8 sectors’ and 98 sectors’ kaleidoscope. For the dynamic change, please see the next option.

Название: Mandala 4
Название: Mandala 98
4-98

Название: Change of sectors' range from - to

Change of sectors' range from - to, during playback of an animation or a video. In this case the number of sectors will vary from 6 to 12 and back, etc. There are two options to change the range:

Move the mouse to the left or right digits, when it's illuminated, you can increase or decrease the value by mouse wheel. If there is no wheel you can click on the number in the upper or lower part to increase or decrease the value.

Chose the value list in the next field (Название: The number of sectors in layer 2 or 3. ) and hold the Ctrl key - you will change the first value. By holding the Shift key, you will change the second one. .

Название: watch icon

Clock selection button. Ctrl + Space - show/hide clock.


Название: Shows the last selected value of the slider.

Shows the last selected value of the slider. If you click on a slider, this field will show you its value. After selection of a slider you will be able to change its value not only using mouse, but also from keyboard. Arrow keys and Page Up, Page Down are sometimes more convenient and more accurate. Ctrl + L: switch on/off the display of the values. Click on this field enable/disable display of tags the size of the main form.

Название: artscope icon - описание: D:\VS2008\Kaleidoscope\Kaleidoscope\Images\decos28.png

Play/stop animation Kaleidoscope. Ctrl + click this button start Screen Capture (capture of the application window).

Название: The slider allows you to vary the number of frames per second. Sets smoothness and speed of your animation.

The slider allows you to vary the number of frames per second. Sets smoothness and speed of your animation. Double click sets value to 25 frames per second.

1-60 frames per sec.

Название: Image run time in layer 2 and 3.

Image run time in layer 2 and 3. After this, image will gradually be replaced by new one. Double click sets value to 9 seconds. While creating a video, set this value greater or equal to 4 seconds.

0.5-120 sec.

Название: Switch-over time between two images in one layer.

Switch-over time between two images in one layer.

1-32 sec.

Название: Save current view as an image to a file.

Save current view as an image to a file.

Название: Save project (animation).

Save project (animation).

Название: Download project in ArtScope.

Download project in ArtScope.

Название: F6 – show layers’ lists of images, see List Of Images.

F6 – show layers’ lists of images, see List Of Images.

Название: help icon

Help.

Название: About icon

About ArtScope

Название: Application settings

Application settings button - F2

Название: Resize windows

Resize window.

Layers

When you create a project, you can include in it up to 6 layers out of which 4 will have animation. In General, the layers represent the set of 6 glasses placed one above the other, and on each glass you can place image or color.

Layer 0 (Background): any color (Shift +Название: Select color) or set of images, is controlled by button Название: Select color. Currently only one image from the list is displayed. If transparency of a color is 0 and layers 1, 2, 3 and 5 have transparency, then the pattern will be on top of your other Windows applications. The image is changed in accordance with sizes of the form, but preserves its native aspect ratio. The image size can be adjusted to the size of the form – see the action of the keyboard shortcut Shift+0/1/2/3 (The numbers are entered on a regular part of the keyboard - not digital!).

Layer 1: On top of the background image, i.e. layer 0. If this image has not gif/png/ico format it will cover Layer 0. Gif/Png/Ico images have transparency and you can see part of the background through them. For transparency, you can also use the transparency slider. To load images, use the button Название: load images in layer 1. One slider – rotation, achieves the animation in this layer.

Layer 2 consists of number of sectors (from 4 up to 98) and evenly covers the entire surface from the Center. You can place an image in the sector using button Название: Download images. When images’ selection dialog box opens, hold down Shift or Ctrl to select an entire group of pictures using left mouse button.

All sliders (when selected with mouse), can be controlled by left and right arrows on the keyboard (smoothly), PageUp, PageDown (rapidly). The animation is achieved in this layer with 4 sliders: Название: Change tile size,Название: Define rotation speed of sectors,Название: Slider,Название: Slider. Form of animation is achieved by sliders Название: Slider of height of sector,Название: Slider and number of sectors.

Example.

Tile in sector 

In figure 6 sectors in the layer are shown in a special way (3 even are off). The layer can rotate in both directions, the angle of rotation is set via the slider sector turning angle. You can change layer’s transparency. The sector is flooded with tiles (one tile is framed with a white border), each tile is just an image from a file. The tiles can be rotated, the angle of rotation is set via the slider - Tile turning angle. The tile size can be changed using the slider Change the size of the tiles, change step is set by the slider – Resize speed tile. The speed of rotation of the layer (all sectors simultaneously), the speed of rotation of the tiles and resize tiles in the layer is determined by the slider the Number of frames per second.

Layer 3 is similar to the layer 2.

Layer 4 is designed to display animated clock. For clock selection use the button Название: watch icon. Ctrl + Space – show/hide clock. Below are some of the topics hours. A complete list see List of hours and arrows.

 Layer 4 is designed to display animated clock.

Double click opens the selected project. They are also available through the button Название: Download project in ArtScope. in the folder "c:\Users\Public\Documents\ArtScope\" and their name starts with a Clock....

Layer 5 - for fixed images, for example digits in clock animation project. On the other hand, it can be a static frame.

Layer 5 - for fixed images

How to create animation - kaleidoscope moving tiles

Run the program, when it opens, press Ctrl + N. Upload into the layer 2 icon -1 (10) .PNG from the folder c:\Users\Public\Documents\ArtScope\Tiles\. To do this, click Название: Download images and select file 1 (10) .PNG. Move the slider Название: Slider to change tile size to change a pattern, you can get quite a beautiful one, such as:

Sample3.scope.

Double click on the slider to push it to the utter left position. To remove background transparency - hold Shift and click the button Название: Download image, a color selector form will appear.

Название: color selector

Move the slider A to the left (0 value) and press OK. As a result - the background behind the pattern disappears! Press Ctrl+P – to replicate the pattern and a new file will be created. Press F5 to start animation. Press Spacebar to make the control panel visible, move smoothly the layer’s 2 control sliders, during the animation. You can get a pattern like this - a snapshot of the animation on top of Google website.

Sample3.scope animation-1

Or like this.

Sample3.scope animation-2

Press F6. To see all images breakdown by layers. This example - Sample3.scope.

Tip: To create your own patterns, use key combination - Ctrl + P.

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Keyboard shortcuts of ArtScope

Esc – minimize.
F1 - Help.
F2 – show application settings.
F3 – on/off top of all other Windows.
F5 – start/stop animation.

F6 – show layers’ lists of images, see List Of Images.

F7 – list of clock and clock hands to select, see List Of clocks.

F8, Spacebar - show/hide animation toolbar.
F11 – show window to enter paymentId (permanent license).
F12 – show Menu.
Shift+ Название: Color selector- select the color of the background (layer 0)

Shift+0/1/2/3 – If layer 0 contains an image then the image is resized to fit the size of the form:

0 - The content preserves its original size.

1 - The content is resized to fill the destination dimensions. The aspect ratio is not preserved.

2 - The content is resized to fit in the destination dimensions while it preserves its native aspect ratio.

3 - The content is resized to fill the destination dimensions while it preserves its native aspect ratio. If the aspect ratio of the destination rectangle differs from the source, the source content is clipped to fit in the destination dimensions.

The numbers are entered on a regular part of the keyboard - not digital!

Название: stretch of tile

Ctrl+double click on the program icon (or start the program by holding Ctrl) - restore files examples
Ctrl+O – open project (animation).
Ctrl+S - save project (animation).
Ctrl+Alt+S – save project (animation) as...
Ctrl+Shift+S – save the image as a PNG file with trimming edges (if the edges are transparent).
Shift+S – save the image as a PNG file.
Ctrl+N – new project.
Ctrl+Y - set window size = 1280x720.
Ctrl+Alt+Y - set window size = 1920x1080.
Ctrl+Alt+I– set window size = 640х640 (for Instagram).
Ctrl+ OemPlus (or ”+” button of standard keyboard below F9-F10 buttons) - if transparency value of the layer 1 is not equal to 0 the image size will increase by 10 times.
Ctrl+Shift+OemPlus (or ”+“ of standard keyboard below F9-F10 buttons) - if transparency value of the layer 1 is not equal to 0 the image size will decrease by 10 times.
Ctrl+Add (+ on the numeric keypad) and transparency hands of the clock are increasing by 0.1

Ctrl+Subtract (- digital part клавиатурs) and transparency hands of the clock is decreased by 0.1
Ctrl+Space – enable/disable clock.
Ctrl+V to paste the image from clipboard in 1 layer , if transparency 2 and 3 layer = 0.

Ctrl+V to paste the image from clipboard in layer 2, if the opacity of the 2nd layer is greater than 0.

Ctrl+V to paste the image from the clipboard into the layer 3, if the opacity of the 2nd layer = 0.
Ctrl+Shift+V - paste image from Clipboard in layer 3.
Ctrl+Название: download images icon/Название: load images in layer 1/Название: download images icon/Название: download images icon/Название: download images icon  - open image of the corresponding layer in the default viewer.
Ctrl+Shift + Название: icon - on / off enable/disable transparency in layer 0.
Alt+Название: icon/Название: load images in layer 1/Название: icon/Название: icon/Название: icon  - change image in layer 0/1/2/3/5.
Ctrl+P – current image is saved and inserted into the layer 2 or 3 if their transparency is not equal to 0, otherwise into the layer 1. Image format (JPG or PNG) is defined in parameters. See application - program settings.
Ctrl+L – enable/disable the label showing value of the last selected slider.
Shift+Название: Select color - set background color (layer 0).
Ctrl+Shift + Название: иконка выбора прозрачности- enable/disable color transparency for layer 0.


Ctrl+ Название: ArtScope icon - описание: D:\VS2008\Kaleidoscope\Kaleidoscope\Images\decos28.png, Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl + click the mouse in the center of the form – to create a series of images and video.

How to create video for Youtube / Vimeo / etc

1. Create animation. While creating a video, set slider value (time slider change image) greater or equal to 4 seconds.
Название: video adjustments - описание: Create animation. While creating a video, set slider value (time slider change image) greater or equal to 4 seconds.

2. Press F2 and adjust parameters– see Application settings, save and close Application settings.

3. Ctrl+ Название: ArtScope icon - описание: D:\VS2008\Kaleidoscope\Kaleidoscope\Images\decos28.png, Ctrl+F5 or Ctrl + click the mouse in the center of the form – to create a series of images and video. When creating a video/series of image, the main window becomes static and not respond. Generated files in JPG or PNG format (selected in the parameter file Format images) are stored in the folder Video path\YouAnimationProjectName - YouTube. After creating a set of images ArtScope create a video file. The quality of the video defined:

Number of frames per second .

The speed of the video stream (see application settings).

The image quality JPG (see application settings).

If you choose the codec RAWVIDEO - you will get both maximum quality (there is no compression) and maximum file size. Afterwards it will be better to compress/convert it with any program (there are many of them in the Internet) depending on the objective of the publication.


Good results are obtained: number of frames/sec. = 25, the speed of the video stream 5000-18000, Quality JPG = 75-100 (when choosing a PNG quality is always higher).


Errors during start-video
In most cases this you do not have the appropriate codecs for your player. The easiest way to download MPC-HC player and set extensions .avi as default. Select video file, right click, properties, press Change, and select MPC-HC.

Mouse controls

Mouse control

1. The left mouse button down (in this zone) and then you can move the window.

2. Left click to start/stop the animation

3. Space bar, F8, mouse down click here - to show/ hide toolbar panel

4. Resize window

The upper right corner contains buttons – minimize, resize and close the window. Move the mouse cursor there to appear the buttons during the animation stop.

To change an image in the layer (if you have several images for one layer) place the mouse cursor over the layer’s zone (blue zones in the white frames below) and roll up or down scrolling wheel.

Mouse control of slide panel

Examples

Project files (examples created during installation) are stored in the following directory - c:\Users\Public\Documents\ArtScope.