All posts tagged: amazing circle marble

Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Digital Marble (Amazing Circle) made from a photo of a decorated Christmas Tree. Photo manipulating programs have a polar coordinate filter that can turn a photo into a circular shape that is reminiscent of a fortune teller’s orb or marble. They are also commonly called Amazing Circles. I recently found a post by Russel Ray with full directions and illustrations for how to create An orb in Photoshop. Be sure to go to his post to see his intriguing results! I’m very excited with my marble photos, though I will soon have so many of them that I expect the novelty will wear off – for you. I don’t think I will tire of it soon because each one is so unpredictable. I never know what will be inside the marble photo until it is complete! Here are the directions for making these using one purchased program and one freeware program. 1. Photoshop Elements 10: a. Open your picture in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop and enhance it as desired. I usually adjust the lighting …

The Hay Field Flowers

I decided to try an HDR technique to add more “dynamic range” (the ratio of light to dark) to the photo. I used a program called Topaz Studio and applied one of their filters to add the increased depth I was looking for. (Have you test driven Topaz Studio yet?) Then I tried another filter – the field rendered as a drawing! Back in GIMP (my standard editing program) I cropped the photo into a square, and applied the Darla Amazing Circle filter.

The Polar Coordinate Filter – Planets

How to turn a photo into a ‘Planet’ in Photoshop Elements with the Polar Coordinate Filter: Start with a true panoramic image that is much longer than it is high. The subject matter (buildings, trees) should be at least a third of the photo. (This photo was taken at Fort Zion, Utah. The buildings are at the Virgin Trading Post.) Examples of good images: City scapes with skyscrapers; night or sunset pictures. 1. Turn your image into a square. Go to the menu Image – Resize– Image Size. Uncheck the ‘Constrain Proportions’ option. (You might have to check Resample Image first.) Change the height and the width of the image to match each other. Eg. 1000px by 1000px. 2. Flip your image 180 degrees. Use the menu items Image – Rotate –  180. 3. Add the Polar Coordinate effect. Use the menu items Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates – Rectangular to Polar’ – OK This creates the Planet. You will notice a seam line from where the image has been joined. To remove this …

Cotoneaster Leaves – The Polar Coordinate Filter Makes Amazing Circles

Photo manipulating programs have a polar coordinate filter that can turn a photo into a circular shape that is reminiscent of a fortune teller’s orb or marble. They are also commonly called Amazing Circles. I recently found a post by Russel Ray with full directions and illustrations for how to create An orb in Photoshop. Be sure to go to his post to see his intriguing results! I’m very excited with my marble photos, though I will soon have so many of them that I expect the novelty will wear off – for you. I don’t think I will tire of it soon because each one is so unpredictable. I never know what will be inside the marble photo until it is complete! Here are the directions for making these using one purchased program and one freeware program. 1. Photoshop Elements 10: a. Open your picture in Photoshop Elements or Photoshop and enhance it as desired. I usually adjust the lighting levels and sharpen. b. Crop it to a square, or a ratio of 1:1 …