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Chicago's Tiny Planet | by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines)
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Chicago's Tiny Planet

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Last night's photo was fun - I thought I'd take a similar image and make a "daytime" version of "Planet Chicago". This photo was taken at the "Chicago Air and Water Show" during the mid-afternoon. I followed the process below to get this result.


Basic Instructions:

Step 1 - select a panoramic shot to your liking (see below tips)

Step 2 - Use the "Image Size" tool to create a perfect square of your pano. You will have to be sure the "constrain proportions" box is unchecked.

Step 3 - Inverse your image by using "Image Rotation -> Rotate 180

Step 4 - Go into filters and select "Distort->Polar Coordinates". Be sure the box "Rectangular to Polar" is checked.

Step 5 - Clone out the seam and use other tools that you are comfortable with to put the finishing touches on your final product.


Congrats! You should now have something that looks like a planet. If you want to get creative, go take a picture of the night sky, add a black background or a fancy border.


Lessons Learned:

The first thing you need to do is select a suitable panoramic shot. Remember - a panoramic shot is at least twice as long as it is wide. There are three other major things to consider:


1) Be sure that the image you are using has the same foreground across your entire image. The foreground (bottom) of the image is going to get twisted in a tight radius.


2) Try to work with a picture that has similar shapes on the left side and right side of your image. Since they will be spliced together, they need to be similar in size and exposure or it might cause problems later.


3) Finally, be prepared to use your clone tool to smooth out the seam that will form when it's put together. This will take some time, so be patient.


Here's where I learned from:

Original image (look for the comment box)

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If you have a better way of doing this or some other feedback, let me know! I'd love to see your shots - send me a link.


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Taken on February 11, 2012