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How To Create Little Planets Using Photoshop

polaroid-tut-banner A quick tip a design tutorial on how to how to create Polar Panoramas also know as little planets. The tutorial is in the form of a screencast making is super easy to follow along with the tutorial.

What we are going to be creating ?


Little planets polar panoramas are also know as polar panoramas, to achieve this simple unique effect its created from panoramic photos.

Tutorial details

Time Estimation: 3 to 6 mins

Difficulty: Beginner

Software: Adobe Photoshop

Hello, welcome to Today, we’ve just got a little quick tip to share with you on how to create polar photography, also known as little mini planets using Photoshop. It’s a really simple tutorial, so let’s just jump straight into it.

All we’re going to do is start off by grabbing a stock photo, which is free, downloaded from the internet which we will link up in the post. All it is, simply it’s just a picture of some buildings. Just to create our effect, we’re going to start off by heading over to image adjustment. Sorry, I think, rotate canvas. We want to rotate 180 degrees.

Once it’s been rotated, you want to head over to filter, distort polar coordinates. Click the minus to zoom out a bit so you can see the preview a lot more clearly. We want to select rectangular to polar. Make sure that has been selected and not polar to rectangular.

Once you’ve selected rectangular to polar, select the OK button. Then, you want to grab the patch tool and just put it right over this bit. Now all I’m going to do is just, all the bits that look like two images being pushed together, you just want to use the patch tool to get rid of those. Just a few clicks wherever the mistakes are.

Zoom in. You can also use the blur tool to blur parts of the images together so it shows this. As you can see if I zoom out, this is like a half car. Which doesn’t look realistic so we just want to blur so it looks like two sides of the image are being merged together. Now all we want to do is a bit of a divide using the water so we just want to jack it all the way down so it blurs them both together, kind of merged together.

Then, I’m going to zoom out and once again we want to image, rotate converse 180 degrees. There we go. It’s simple as that. Just created a quick mini planet using Photoshop which took less than a few minutes. It’s just a little quick tip to look for screen casts. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and thanks for watching.

Stay tuned for more quick tips coming from Creative Nerds.

Examples of what can be created using the technique

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17 thoughts on “How To Create Little Planets Using Photoshop

  1. Thanks for the feedback guys really means alot @Barbara – I see you mean about making the screencast clearer something which i will be looking into within future posts.

  2. I am probably definitely missing something but where is the tutorial? I am not seeing it on this page. All I see are the examples, which are awesome by the way.

  3. Very useful thanks. A question though – when I get to the final step of changing from rectilinear to polar, I get a message saying my PC doesn’t have enough RAM (I have 2G). This happens even if I reduce the quality of the image. Do you know how much RAM is generally required?

  4. A further question for techies:
    Does it help to have a video card with onboard RAM when it comes to processing (still) digital images? In other words, if I had a video card with RAM, would it help get over the problem of my PC not having sufficent RAM to make little planets?

  5. I truly appreciate blogs like these that not only provides details just to sell their product but also offers data that is practically valuable to the people who are concerned.

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