In this tutorial, you will learn how to make a tiny planet in Photoshop. I will explain everything in so much detail that everyone can create the tiny planet Photoshop effect, even those who have just opened Photoshop for the first time.
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What You'll Learn in This Little Planet Tutorial
- How to set up a photo to transform it into a little planet Photoshop effect
- How to transform a photo to a panorama of a tiny planet
- How to remove the seam from our little planet effect
- How to make final adjustments to the planet Photoshop effect
- How to create your own tiny world photo effect
What You'll Need
To recreate the design above, you will need the following resources:
1. How to Start Creating the Little Planet Effect
First, open the photo that you want to work with. To open your photo, go to File > Open, choose your photo, and click Open.
Now we need to make sure that once we transform the photo into a planet Photoshop effect, the edges will be aligned as much as possible where they meet. To do so, choose the Crop Tool (C), click on the Straighten icon, and click and hold on the bottom-left edge of the sand and drag to draw a line to the end at the bottom-right edge of the sand.
We need to contract the canvas on the top and bottom so that we have more balanced circular panorama. Go to Image > Canvas Size and use the settings below:
2. How to Create a Little Planet Photoshop Effect
In this section, we are going to transform a photo into a panorama of a tiny planet. Double-click on the Background layer to create a new layer from the background.
Now go to Image > Image Size, click on the link icon to unlink the image aspect ratio, and copy and paste the Height value to the Width value to make the image square.
Go to Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical to flip the image vertically.
Now go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates and select the Rectangular to Polar option.
Press Control-J on your keyboard to duplicate this layer, and then Control-E to merge the original and copy layers into one layer. You can repeat this step a few times until the meeting edge transparency fills in.
Now we need to make the edges of the circle panorama Photoshop effect meet seamlessly. To do so, I have used the Spot Healing Brush Tool (J), Healing Brush Tool (J), and Clone Stamp Tool (S). You can use any tool that you prefer, and you can skip over the ocean part in this step.
Choose the Elliptical Marquee Tool (M), and Shift-click and drag to draw a selection as shown below.
Now choose the Rectangular Marquee Tool (M), and Alt-click and drag to delete the left part of the circle selection.
Press Control-J on your keyboard to create a new layer using the selection. Then, go to Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal to flip the layer horizontally, and position it as shown below. After that, you can add a layer mask to this layer to soften the edges.
Now press Control-E on your keyboard to merge the two layers into one. Name this new layer Tiny Planet.
You can check once more if any seams need to be adjusted, using the same methods that we have used previously, or make any other changes. Here is my result:
Now Right-click on the Tiny Planet layer and choose Convert to Smart Object. Then, press Control-T on your keyboard to transform this layer, and set the Width and Height to 125% and the Angle to 75°.
3. How to Make Final Adjustments to the Tiny World Photo
In this section, we are going to make some final adjustments to the little planet effect. Press D on your keyboard to reset the swatches, go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Gradient Map to create a new gradient map adjustment layer, and name it Contrast. Then, change the Blending Mode of this layer to Luminosity and set the Opacity to 30%.
Now go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels to create a new levels adjustment layer, and name it Brightness. Then, Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Highlight Input Level to 245.
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Vibrance to create a new vibrance adjustment layer and name it Vibrance/Saturation. Then, Double-click on this layer thumbnail and, in the Properties panel, set the Vibrance to +35 and Saturation to +20.
You Made It!
Congratulations, you've succeeded! You've now learned how to make a tiny planet in Photoshop. Here is the final result of our tiny world photo effect:
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