Making Worlds

This post is a tutorial on and the history of making the various non-meatspace-reality interactive images that I’ve been working on lately. To date, there have been three different types of these worlds:

Whilst the idea for each of the above categories is different, the resulting image is the same: an equirectangular image that can be interacted with by moving around the space that has been created. In the version below, I’ve created a space where you should be able to move around the space to note the numbers 1 to 7 as well as the words Sky and Ground.

If you’d prefer a full-screen Flash version, you can get that here (2.4 Mb).

I first started making these types of images to recreate physical spaces – almost always landscapes of places I visit. I noticed when recreating one of these landscapes that I had inadvertently named several file wrongly and the software that I use (AutoPano by Kolor) had stitched together the image in a rather wonderful, glitchy way. I then began exploring ways of using this glitchiness and Others’ Worlds was eventually born.

You can see the nine individual images used to create the resulting images for this tutorial by visiting this album on Google+. These images are the ones that I used to make Fractalz 04 – I merely muted the colourations and added numbers and words (1-7 for the images that make the horizon and Ground (could also have been called Nadir) and Sky (could also have been called Zenith) such that you can see where the individual images end up when stitched together.

To make the interactive versions, I use Pano2VR though the rest of the steps in this tutorial are aligned to creating an image that you can upload to G+ and then let G+ create a #photosphere version for you. I primarily use Pano2VR as it creates versions that I can then view on my tablet (both being iOS devices, Flash isn’t an option) – there are a variety of products on the market that will do similar results.

Let’s make an image you can upload and let G+ create a #photosphere for you.

  1. Create a blank image that is 2048 wide and 1024 tall
  2. Add portions of other of your own images to this image
  3. Add enough portions of images such that the end result is something you find pleasing
  4. Upload to G+
  5. Wait a bit
  6. Share the result – and please tag me in it

If you click on the image below, it will take you to the Google+ #photosphere version:

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  • […] “To date, I’ve created 55 of these worlds and I’m confident there will be more over the coming years. At some stage, I’d like to take this to a space where they can be projected on walls with a tech setup such that those in the space can interact with the images in three dimensions in a way similar to the way one can interact with them on various devices.” He has also created a tutorial to enable others to explore the techniques he uses at: Making Worlds <; […]