A Photoshop Tutorial
by Florence W. Deems
|For this tutorial I am assuming that you know the basics of navigating around in the Photoshop Creative Suite for Photographers. You can use any Photoshop version from CS3 on.|
For this interesting effect, you'll first want to crop off anything from your image that you don't want in the final version. Also, crop off any white or very light-colored areas around the edges, as these could end up being very distracting in the final result. A rectangular image will produce a rectangular result with an oval-shaped raised sphere, as in the title image. If you want a square image containing a perfectly round sphere, you must resize first to square dimensions.
- Create a duplicate layer. Below is my squared image:
- Under Filter, go to Distort and then Polar Coordinates.
- Make sure the "Rectangular to Polar" is checked.
- Click on Okay. What I got shows below:
- Optional: sometimes, as in the above image, there will be a very pronounced straight vertical line extending from the top down to the center of the image. If you don't like this, then you can try to blend the line, using a very small-sized black brush tool with low opacity. I did this, but didn't take the time and care necessary to make my brushing invisible. You can still see where I worked (below).
- Flatten the image. At this point you can "save as" or add a border or frame and/or sign your masterpiece. My result is below.
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