A step-by-step guide to creating your own little world using the Polar Coordinates Filter in Photoshop
by Natalia Medd (iPhotography Student)
I always liked those round creations which look like your own little world, and wanted to try to make one. I finally did. Here is a step-by-step quide of how I made it, using the Polar Coordinates filter in Photoshop.
First, we will need to choose the image to work with. Ideally it is supposed to be a 360 panoramic shot, but it is not absolutely necessary. The trick is to get the edges of your image to match perfectly when they are connected in the end.
You can make two types of images using this technique: your own little world/planet, or an “inside out” version which can look like a portal or tunnel.
1. Let’s start with the first version of little planet. I had a panoramic shot which I made using the panorama setting on my cell phone. It looked like this:
It does not look too impressive, but we have one more step to do. Go to Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates.
2. With the second “inside out” version of the little world, we will not need to flip our picture upside down. All other steps are the same.
It is great to have a panorama to work with, but it is not necessary. You can turn pretty much anything into a round creation. For the image of a “portal”, I had a picture of a boy sitting on the beach.
I did not want two boys in my picture, so I removed one using the Stamp tool in Photoshop.
Click ok, and now we have the square picture. Almost done.
Last thing we do – some finishing touches.
I played a little bit with levels, hue/saturation and color balance to get the color I wanted and something that looks like a sun in the center of the image.
This version is what I have in the end, Centre of the Universe!
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