Small Planet Effect – panoramic

“Small Planet” effect achieved in Photoshop. It’s one of my favorite effects and with the right photo you can have absolutely awesome results!

Water-World_thumbWhat do we need for a small planet effect?

  • 1. Introductory lecture. Participate in the walk around the school campus an find an image you can use for this assignment. It will need to be an extreme horizontal –  a panoramic.

What panoramic’s work best? I have tried numerous different types of panoramic for this effect, from mountain ranges to some indoor panos – but outside panoramic with either trees, houses or signs work the best. You will want to have a nice blue sky with patchy clouds for the best result because it will create a more realistic atmosphere for your planet. Make sure your image has a lot of the ground in the shot to produce the planet, otherwise you’ll just have a tiny planet with huge buildings.

  1. 2. Open your photograph in in Photoshop.
  2. 3. Image –> Image Size | Now change the width to the same as the height. It will mush your photo into one square box. Be sure to uncheck the constraint box.
  3. Image –> Rotate Canvas –> 180 degrees.
  4. Filter –> Distort –> Polar Coordinates | Press Enter. Nothing to adjust.

That’s it! You should now have a really cool looking mini planet! Upload to your web page.

5. Write an Artist statement below uploaded image. What benefits do you bring to your family, friends and community? What do you bring to your world that is unique and necessary?

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