In just a few easy steps, you can convert your Spinner 360 photos into circles.
1) After scanning your 360 image, open it in a photo editing software package. I use Photoshop Elements, but there are others out there that will work just as well.
2) From the Image menu >> Rotate >> Straighten and Crop.
You will want to also refine your crop boarder to make sure your edges will seam up nicely once they are joined in a circle. You can play around with the cropping as well. Things to consider at the cropping stage: Do you want the sprocket holes to show in the final image?; Do you want the edge to be a defined circle with a white edge, or smeared edges?; etc.
3) Image >> Rotate 180.
This step is optional. You will need to decide which side of the photo you want to be in the center once it is converted to a circle. The side that will be the center should be facing upwards. So in this case, the bottom of this photo will be the center once it is converted, so I want the bottom facing upwards.
4) Now, resize the image by forcing the rectangle to be a square.
Image >> Resize >> Image.
I find that 5000 pixels by 5000 pixels works well, but select the square size that works for you.
Then you can zoom out to fit the image on the screen.
5) Now, select Filter >> Distort >> Polar Coordinates.
Click on “Rectangle to Polar”.
And, that’s it :)
Have fun converting your spins into circles!
written by mafiosa on 2014-05-08 in #gear #tipster #spheres #diy #circle #film #35mm-films #camera #spin #spinning #sphere #art #sprockets #spinner-360 #tipster #tutorial #scanning #analogue-cameras #circles #panorama #analogue-photography