While surfing the net, I found out that some smartphones have a new photo function. When you take a panorama shot, you are able to create a ‘little planet’ with it.
I thought this was such a cool effect, but my phone doesn’t have this function. So I decided to use Photoshop and create one of those little planets myself. Here’s how I did it.
Open your panorama photo in Photoshop. The most difficult step is to choose a photo that is just right. The most important thing about the shot is that the horizon has to be as high on the right side as on the left. That way you will make a beautiful round planet.
Once you’ve opened the picture, go to image and select image size. Make your photo a square by giving the height the same settings as the length. Also make sure that the options ‘scale styles’ and ‘constrain proportions’ aren’t selected. This way your image will become a perfect square with stretched out panorama.
Now you will turn the image upside down. Go to image, image rotation and select 180°.
And now for the fun part. Go to filter, distort and select polar coordinates. Usually you will have to zoom out in the review box to see the result. Click on OK and voilà there’s your little planet!
Because we paid attention to the horizon, we have a perfect little round. The only problem I now have is the color of the sky. Whether you’ve got the same problem depends on the image you’ve chosen. If you have the same issue, here’s how you resolve it.
Select the clone stamp tool on the left side of your screen and start ‘painting’ the sky the right color. Make sure it blends in nicely.
Now your little planet is all done and perfect looking. Hope you’ve enjoyed this as much as I did.