How to Make Polar Panorama With Photoshop




Introduction: How to Make Polar Panorama With Photoshop

My English is little so sorry

Step 1: Finding

Find or make a panorama picture

Step 2: Resizing

And to square width size (for example: from 2000x650 to 2000x2000) "Image>Image size"

Step 3: Rotating

Rotate 180° "Image>Rotate Canvas>180°"

Step 4: Polaring

And use polar coordinates filter "Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates" Select "Rectangular to polar" and click OK


Step 5: Action

This is 2000x2000 Photoshop action. Click PLAY and enjoy

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easy and simple... way.. its just need a
android/ iphone/ipad smartphone. install Google Camera for android
/Photo Sphere Camera for apple (both made by google... itself.. ) .
now take photo in photosphere mode by google camera or PhotoSphere Camera just it take maximum 1 min.. to take.. and if you have good ram in phone the rending of photo will take 30 secs.. you can use panorama mode to.. but best result like the mate iSuat shows here you get by photosphere mode...
and then the surprise app Tiny Planet FX pro for android / tiny planet for apple... buy it.. its 3$ app for Indian users..
and open that photosphere photo in tiny planet and vollah you got your planet...
there is much to play in tiny planet.. but that's the simple photo you get as soon you open photosphere image in tiny planet...
just in 2 mins you can make your planet any where any time because its cellphone people carry every where.. simple and easy.. i attach sample that i took... just helping buddy.. but the action you made is superb well work..


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I see your
design, really nice I have a design company if you want to see please visit my web..

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Im using photoshop CS4 and dont have "Polar Coordinates" only diffuse glow, glass and ocean ripple in the distort menu..  Have I misunderstood or am I missing something in photoshop?

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It should be under filter >distort > polar coordinates First thing to check in CS4 is you can modify all the menus to show you different aspects of photoshop. There’s a drop down on the top right of the screen that shows what menu set you’re using, or you can access it from the windows > workspace options. I use essentials (which is the default and its there) Secondly polar coordinates only work in 8 bit mode so if you have a 16 bit image you’ll need to convert that to 8 bit first Hope this helps, I have a tutorial on this with some screen shots at


 Funny, I was just looking at a portfolio yesterday from a Banff photographer, and I thought, STRANGE! How on earth did he take a photograph like that? Now I know! LOL 
Thanks for sharing

I love these polar panorams,  that was a great instructional.  I've also created a detailed tutorial on my website.  where I use polar transformations and the flexify plugin on photoshop to create stereographic panoramas


I've just tried it out and although not as good as yours I'm sure that this will be a great tool in the future. I'm off to the beach tomorrow.

Hugin instead looks cool. But I seeing the first time.
And wait my next project ;) 


If you use Hugin instead, you don't get those nasty lines in the center of your ball. Of course you also have to take a few more pictures, but at least Hugin is freeware