Photography isn’t just about going out and snapping photographs and posting them on a blog… photography has to be about fun… enjoyment and experimentation. Now experimentation doesn’t just to have to be achieved with holding a camera in your hand. It can be about using Photoshop to have some fun.
Take this image for instance…
Firstly I open up the image in Photoshop. Using the crop tool and selecting the 1:1 (Square) ratio, I select the part of the image I want…
Then I click on Filter, select Distort and then Polar Coordinates, which will then bring up another window. I then select Polar to Rectangular and OK and that gives me this image.
Then I Select Image and Image Rotation and Select Flip Canvas Vertical, which gives me this.
Then I go back to Filter, select Distort again and Polar Coordinates which brings up another window where I change the setting to Rectangular to Polar and select OK.
And that gives me the final orb….
Here are the instructions.
- Crop image to 1:1 (square) Ratio
- Filter ► Distort ► Polar Coordinates…. ► Polar to Rectangular ► OK
- Image ► Image Rotation ► Flip Canvas Vertical
- Filter ► Distort ► Polar Coordinates…. ► Rectangular to Polar ► OK
Here are a few Orbs I have just created using the above instructions.
And what would happen if you didn’t keep the 1:1 ratio and used a portrait ratio? I tried it with the yellow flower and got this effect.
And for a landscape ratio I got this effect..