I use Photoshop CS6 for most of my photo editing work — adding contrast, sharpening, correcting exposure, bringing back highlights, cropping, and so much more.
Once I finish editing, though, it’s fun to find out what other things Photoshop can do.
To me, Photoshop filters are the most fun, and recently I learned how to create an interesting orb, like this:
Not everything makes a good orb. The more little things in the picture, the better looking the orb will be.
Here’s how to do it, step by step.
Open your picture and crop it to a square, or a ratio of 1:1. Click on the crop icon. In your crop options bar, it probably says “Ratio.” Click on that and change it to 1:1 (Square). Your crop marks will move to the center of the image to create a square from your picture. You can move the crop area around if you want it somewhere else. (Click on the image below for a larger image.)
Next, click on Filter ► Distort ► Polar Coordinates…. ► Polar to Rectangular ► Okay
My flower now looks like this:
That creates an interesting item in and of itself, but we’re going to go further.
Now click on Image ► Image Rotation ► Flip Canvas Vertical. That gives me this:
Again, you could stop there and have something interesting. We’re still going further, though!
Click on Filter ► Distort ► Polar Coordinates…. ► Rectangular to Polar ► Okay.
That gives you an orb!
If you don’t crop your picture to a square, you won’t get an orb. Instead, if your picture is wider than it is tall, you’ll get an oval on its side. If your picture is taller than it is wide, you’ll get an oval on end.
Lastly, guess who is in this orb?
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