photoshop creative

Create a panoramic planet in 7 steps!

Posted in:
Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
October 30, 2014

Use Elements to turn an image into a 360-degree planet

1. Straighten up

Open your skyline in Elements and start off by going to the Straighten tool. Click a straight line across the entire image, from where the water meets the land.

2. Resize image

To make this image square and stretch out the buildings head to Image>Resize>Image Size and tick the Resample Image box. Under the Document Size, change Height to match the same dimensions as Width.

3. Flip upside down

With the image now square, flip it by going back to the Image menu and going to Rotate>Flip Vertical. This will turn the image upside, as the image will be pulled upwards and connected end to end.

4. Apply filter

To create this effect, use the Polar Coordinates filter under Filter>Distort. Inside the filter’s menu, set it to Rectangular to Polar. There are no other settings in this filter, as your image is pulled up and around. Zoom in and out using the +/- controls to see what the effect is like and hit OK.

5. Retouch join

Where the two ends meet there’ll be a solid line. Select the Clone Stamp tool (S) and set its Size to 90 pixels and Opacity to 100%. Zoom in and Opt/Alt-click over a part of the image next to the join. Paint over the join to gradually fade it.

6. Marquee selection

Crop off the distorted edges using the Elliptical Marquee tool. Set Feather to 0%, and holding Opt/Alt+Shift, click and drag from the centre of the planet outwards. This will form a circular marquee. You may need to zoom in for a better view.

7. Delete edges

Press Cmd/Ctrl+Shift+I to invert the selection and then Backspace to remove the distorted parts. Go to Select>Deselect, and then click on the Foreground swatch and select a blur from the image. Fill in the white space by going to Edit>Fill Layer. Choose Foreground Colour and hit OK.