Introduction: Little Planet Photography

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I have decided to make this tutorial because I wan to share with you this photography techique.

I love it because is very creative and I enjoy it.

You don´t need special knowledge of photography, just basic knowledge of Photoshop and how to use your camera.

Step 1: You Will Need

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1.- A panoramic photo or to take one. It is better if your photo is 360º, but if not you can use a 180º or any other panoramic format.

2.- Camera. If you need to take a foto, you will need your mobile camera or other camera.

3.- Tripod. When you´ll take a photo, the tripod will be very useful.

4.- Photoshop to edit the photography.

Note: If you have a photo, you won´t need a tripod or camera
If you don´t have a suitable photo, you can download a free photogaphy from Freepik Don´t forget to mention the author of the original photo.

Step 2: Choosing an Appropriate Photo

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It is better to use a 360 degrees photo, but you can use any panoramic.

The reason is that 360º works better because their edges line up perfectly.If it is not a 360º, it can works but possibly you might need to do some edition work in order to match colours and objects where the edges meet.

However, I´ll be using a non 360º panoramic to show better this tutorial.

Step 3: The Horizon

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In order to get a perfect Planet, we need the horizon line to be straight.

Maybe the photo you have chosen is correct, so you can skip the step.

But, as you can see in my photo, the horiozon line it is not straight.
And if we create our planet with a non straight line, our planet wouldn´t be perfect.

- Select the Ruler tool in Photoshop

- Drag from the starting point of the horizon to the ending point
- Go to Image > Rotate Canvas > Arbitrary
- Press Ok
- Now our horizon line is straight but we have some blank spaces.

- We use the crop tool, selecting the part of the canvas we want. Double click with the mouse and we have our image cropped.

Step 4: Converting the Image to Square

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- Go to Image > Image Size.

- Uncheck "Constrain Proportions"

- Set the height to match the width.
- Press Ok



- Go to Image > Image Rotation > 180° to flip your image upside down.

Note: If you skip this step, you won´t get a planet, but you might get a nice and interesting photo too. My advice is to try with and without image rotation.



Here comes the fun part :D

- Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates.
- Make sure "Rectangular to Polar" is selected

- Press"OK".
- We already have our planet almost ready. SInce it as not a 360º photo, we need to make some edition.

Step 7: Final Edition

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- We may need to edit the center of the image, to delete some parts we don´t want, or match colours, to rotate our planet, etc..
- Depending on the image, the tools can help you are: Spot Healing Brush Tool, Clone Stamp Tool, fill content aware, colour gradient, etc...

Step 8: Some Inspiration

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Here are some Little Planets I have been creating so you can have some inspiration to create your own Little Planets.

Thank you and Enjoy.


jenspen made it! (author)2017-06-29

Thanks. Some of my work

jkdabrown made it! (author)2017-05-26

Great tutorial thanks!

Xiu HongE made it! (author)2017-05-11

Mine's not much.. but thanks anyways!! its was fun~

EstefaniRM (author)Xiu HongE2017-05-11

Keep trying, You´ll get better!

My phone has even this option built into the official camera app :P

which phone ?

I have a Sony Xperia L, but all Sony phones should have this feature.

Fuzzy Monkey (author)2017-04-19

Cool! I'll be sure to try it!

EstefaniRM (author)Fuzzy Monkey2017-04-19

Thank you! I hope you enjoy!

jbcaldwell made it! (author)2017-04-14

Great tutorial thank you so much!

EstefaniRM (author)jbcaldwell2017-04-16

Wow! i love your photo! Amazing!

jbcaldwell (author)EstefaniRM2017-04-17

Thank you!

Ninzerbean (author)2017-04-14

Eeeeks! I can't figure out how to make the planet not have the extraneous stuff beyond the circle - I've tried everything I can think of. I want the planet to be a circle. Please advise.

EstefaniRM (author)Ninzerbean2017-04-16

Hi Ninzerbean. maybe you should try selecting the planet, make a selection with the Elliptical Marquee, then invert the selection (go to Selection - Invert) and press Delete button. I hope it helps.

Ninzerbean (author)2017-04-14

Wow this is going to be so much fun! Thank you for sharing and you'll get my vote in the contest.

EstefaniRM (author)Ninzerbean2017-04-16

Thank you so much!

Fathomlis (author)2017-04-14

That looks so crazy awesome! Great stuff

EstefaniRM (author)Fathomlis2017-04-16

Thanks so much!

chefspenser (author)2017-04-15

Very creative work, thanks for sharing. Did you use a DSLR? A special pan head on the tripod?

EstefaniRM (author)chefspenser2017-04-16

My camera is canon DSLR, but you can use any photo. And my tripod is a regular and cheap one.

krayman made it! (author)2017-04-13

I made this one from a sunrise photo.

EstefaniRM (author)krayman2017-04-16

Wow! It´s amazing! Thanks for sharing! :D

NidraZ (author)krayman2017-04-14

this is just beautiful! is it possible to see the starting photo so to see the evolution? thank you for sharing ... I dont have photoshop, I wander if other photo editors have the same specialities!?

krayman made it! (author)NidraZ2017-04-16

This is the image I started with.

jefflambert (author)krayman2017-04-13

Very nice!


Thank you!

Mage and the machine made it! (author)2017-04-13

What an easy way of making stunning images! I enjoy making panoramas, this is Sulphur Mountain in Banff looking West, not 360° but still quite stunning as a little planet!

Too cool!

BTW: I have an ancient version of Photoshop Elements - the bar-bones PS which came with a digital camera, 5.0 - and it has this option too! That's how I made this little planet.

Wow! I love your little planet!

halciber (author)2017-04-13

This is a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing this!

EstefaniRM (author)halciber2017-04-14

Thanks! I´m glad you like it!

karthiki5 (author)2017-04-13

I like it,dear.. but how to install photo shop??

EstefaniRM (author)karthiki52017-04-14

Sorry, I did not explain how to install Photoshop. When you purchase Photoshop it is explained how to install it. You can find information here:

respina_sina (author)2017-04-09

I like that. thank you ..

EstefaniRM (author)respina_sina2017-04-10

Thank you!

joen made it! (author)2017-04-08

I have GIMP and it has the same tools. I just had this file that I could use to make a "Dusk World" I think that I will have a lot of fun taking pictures for this process. Thanks a lot for posting this great idea.

EstefaniRM (author)joen2017-04-08

Thank you and great Picture!

Jedi_zombie85 (author)2017-04-07

Brilliant result

EstefaniRM (author)Jedi_zombie852017-04-08


joen (author)2017-04-08

I like the instructable. You might want to check the next to last picture in step 3. One of the labels is a little funny.

EstefaniRM (author)joen2017-04-08

Thank you so much. I am goin to review it now!

TSJWang (author)2017-04-06


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