For the September meeting slideshow, I submitted an example of a “Tiny Planet” image that I made of the Beaverbrook Library. In the review, I asked for suggestions about other locations that would make good Tiny Planets.
I received a couple of good recommendations but more members asked how I did it.
First I shot a 11 image 360 degree panorama then I followed these steps in Photoshop:
trim one end (cut), paste over other end, align, and delete extra
crop off any blank top and bottom
make square (use short dimension & make sure aspect ratio unlocked)
Filter->Distort->Polar coordinates (rectangular to polar)
If you have any questions about how I did this, I’ll be glad to try and answer them.
There’s a great video here by Mike Browne (thanks to Phil Tughan for bringing him to our attention) that demonstrates the whole process.
If you have Photoshop, an easy way to make an antique version of an image is described in this video by Gavin Hoey. He provides a Photoshop Action and a collection of brushes (which can also be used with Photoshop Elements) which I used to create my submission.
Carol Brown created her own texture by photographing a crumpled brown paper bag, and adding it as a transparent layer using Photoshop to create her submission.
Several members reported that they used the Time Machine effect in Corel’s Paint Shop Pro to make antique versions of their images. A 30 day free trial is available if you want to try it out.
Stormy Weather was the recent monthly photo topic. Amy Lo had taken this picture:
but it didn’t match with the topic so she added rain using Photoshop Elements version 11 and got this picture:
which she submitted. You can click on the above thumbnails to see larger versions of both images. If you want to see the intermediate steps, you can download Amy’s Photoshop Elements .psd file by clicking here then clicking on the blue Download button.
Ron Pierce submitted this great image of swirled flowers in response to the summer garden assignment. He’s prepared a note for us explaining how it’s done. Inside his note are links to even more detailed instructions. Thanks for sharing Ron.