Create your own little world

I'm always learning new photography and Photoshop skills - most are fairly subtle, techniques that add depth or nuance to an image. But every so often you get a Wow! thing... and this one is just so simple, I have to share...

1. crop a jpg image to a panoramic perspective, at least twice as wide as it is high. If you have huge panoramas you've done, stitching photos together so much the better, but they are not  necessary. Variations in subject height and good contrast for the background will make it easier to  get a good result. 

2. Once you've got an image opened and cropped and ready to go in photoshop rotate it 180 degrees (flip it upside down).

3. go to Image | Image size and untick the Constran Proportions box. Then make the height exactly the same as the width.Click ok

4. Click on Filter | Distort | Polar Coordinates. When the dialogue box openes, select Rectangular to Polar. Click OK.

Voila! there's your own little world... It took me a few tries to really get a feel for the right amount of space for the outer area and the inner area. Of course you can the rotate your image or add other effects if you like.

Here are a few  I did of various places in New Zealand. I'd love to see what you come up with!

Wanaka World

Wanaka World

 

Auckland Sunset

Auckland Sunset

 

On Top of World - Surfing in Raglan

On Top

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