Step 2: Turn it into a square
For this image to work with the MathMap Miniplanet filter, you need to scale your image such that it is a square. Turn off the width/height link and make both width and height the same. My original image was 12018×6009 so I made the width 6009.
Step 3: Your image is now a square
The resulting square.
Step 4: Open the MathMap Miniplanet filter
Your filter setup may be different to mine but I get to the filter by Filters > Generic > Mathmap > Distorts > Miniplanet
Step 5: The Miniplanet options
You can use the turn (which rotates), zoom, sc (which sorta squeezes), warp (which warps, funnily enough) to get your planet to your liking.
Step 6: Pick the colour for the space in which your planet will float
You need to pick a colour for the space your planet will float in. I try to use a colour from the edge of the planet such that it blends smoothly into the space in which it floats. This isn’t always possibly and you might find that a contrasting colour will work better.
Step 7: Your panorama is now a planet
After you’ve selected the various options, including the colour, select ok. You have your planet, which you may wish to further tweak to your liking.
The following links will provide you with further information on planet making:
- How to Create Your Own Planets – a tutorial that uses Polar Coordinates in either Photoshop or GIMP.
- Mini Planet – a video tutorial by ‘electricjonny
- The * making planets * pool on flickr.
- Mini Planets in photoshop – by Helen Bradley
I trust you will find suitable images to use for your mini planets and reckon that you might just develop a mini planet habit. Enjoy.