How to create “planet” photo illustrations

Cuban dancers. Photo: Tracey Eaton

Creating a planet in Photoshop is easy. Here are the steps:

1. Pick a panoramic photo. Select Image, then Image Size and turn the picture into a square image. Length should equal width.
2. Rotate the image 180 degrees.
3. Select Filters, then Distort, then Polar Coordinates. That’s it, you should have your very own planet.

A sample of planets by Flagler College students

Havana skyline turned into a planet. Photo: Tracey Eaton

Swimmers from the Ukraine enjoy a Cuban beach. Photo: Tracey Eaton

Links:
A detailed tutorial on creating planets.
A gallery of planets on Flickr.
Eaton blog post on creating planets

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