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Creating an orb in Photoshop

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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:

Flower orb

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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.)

Crop in Photoshop CS6

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Next, click on Filter ► Distort ► Polar Coordinates…. ► Polar to Rectangular ► Okay

My flower now looks like this:

Photoshop distort polar coordinates

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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:

Photoshop Flip Canvast Verticle

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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.

Have fun!

Lastly, guess who is in this orb?

Zoey the Cool Cat in an orb

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I’m Zoey the Cool Cat,
and I would approve this post
if I wasn’t dreaming of catching birds.Zoey the Cool Cat

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Field of grasses

And you’ll have fun fun fun until daddy takes your filters away

How I Did It

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photoshop CS6 has lots of ways to modify pictures, but some of the most fun are filters. Many filters come with the program, but if you’re not satisfied with all of them, there are billions and billions and billions of third-party filters available, some free, some inexpensive, and some expensive.

One of the third-party filters that I bought is Fractalius by Redfield. It cost $39.90, which I consider to be on the expensive side for a Photoshop filter. Redfield is a Russian company, which might explain why the filter is now available via instant download and required a PayPal complaint to get my download code. Nonetheless, I am extremely happy with the filter.

Recently I was out in a field of grasses and snapped this photo:

Field of grasses

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The bright, sunny day caused the grasses to be somewhat washed out, but since I shoot RAW files, I was able to recover some color and contrast:

Field of grasses

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Still not being satisfied, I took the second picture and applied the Redfield Fractalius filter to it. Here are some of the results:

Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Field of grasses

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Each picture took about five seconds to create and save, and there literally are millions of possibilities. It’s a lot of fun!

I'm Zoey the Cool Cat, and I approve this post

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