News and Views from Dave Wilson

Photoshop Fun

by on Oct.17, 2010, under Photography

Planet Austin

Very often, I see images and wonder “how was that done?”. Over the last couple of years, I’ve enjoyed several of these “tiny planet” pictures so this morning I decided to see if I could do one myself. Rather than being clever and figuring the technique out, I spent a couple of minutes on Google and found a great tutorial on Photojojo describing the steps required to build a circular image from a panorama.

The image I started with was the same image I used to derive this, more or less normal looking panorama. Since it wasn’t a 360 degree panorama to start with, I had to crop and clone to make the edges (almost) match before applying the polar distortion to create the result.

Now that I know what do to. I’ll likely shoot a few more panos with a view to generating “tiny planets”. Give it a shot yourself – it’s pretty easy and the results are certainly different!

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