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Tiny Planet Effect Photoshop Tutorial

September 22, 2019


Hello
everyone this is Chris from Spoon Graphics back with another video tutorial for Adobe
Photoshop. Today we’re going to have some fun creating
a mini-world effect, which is a classic Photoshop tutorial subject, but this kind of effect
has come back into the limelight with new 3D cameras now being used to produce video
footage in the same style. I’ll be covering the process of making the
effect with a static image by manipulating it in Photoshop, but as an extra touch, I’ll
show you how to superimpose an additional picture of a person to simulate the appearance
of those 3D videos like the GoPro Fusion. You’ll need a wide panorama image to use for
the mini world effect. This could be a shot you’ve stitched from
individual shots, a photo captured using the pano mode on your iPhone, or a stick photo
like I’ll be using. This is a New York skyline by Songquan Deng
from Shutterstock. This particular image has a load of people
relaxing on the grassy foreground area. To clean this area up to leave an empty surface
for the superimposed person later, set up the Clone Stamp tool with a small brush and
set the options to All Layers, then add a new layer. Alt and click to set a source point, then
paint over the people to erase them. The clone stamping doesn’t have to be too
accurate or neat, since this area will be quite small once it’s transformed into a mini-world. When you’re done, merge the clone layer into
the background using the CMD+E shortcut. To create the mini-world effect, go to Image
>Image Size. Deselect the link between the width and height
so you can alter the proportions. Change the width to the same figure as the
height, which in this case is 2000px. Hit OK to see the image has been squashed
into a square. Next go to Image>Image rotation>180 degrees
to turn it upside down. And to create the mini-world effect, go to
Filter>Distort>Polar Coordinates with the Rectangular to Polar option checked. Unless you’re using a full 360 degree panorama
that starts and ends in the same place, you’ll see a vertical seam running up the centre. In this tutorial we’ll be covering up the
middle area with a superimposed person, but the sky needs a bit of manipulation to smooth
out the harsh line. Use the Spot Healing Brush with a soft tip
to paint over the seam and allow Photoshop to automatically blend it the best it can. Fine tune it with some manual Clone Stamping
by sampling an empty portion of the blue sky to blend the colours in with soft brush. Other areas that have some distortion are
the four corners where the image is stretched outwards. Use the brush tool and sample a nearby colour
of the sky to paint over these areas on a new layer. To enhance the tiny scale of this mini-world
effect we can superimpose a super-size person. Find a portrait that has been taking from
above where the person is looking up to the camera. The image I’m using is by Sanneberg on Shutterstock. There’s a variety of clipping methods you
can use to cut out a subject from a photo. With clean studio shots like this, the channels
method gives the best results. Switch to the Channels tab and toggle through
the Red, Green and Blue channels to find the one with the highest contrast. Drag that channel over the new icon to duplicate
it. Start intensifying the contrast by clipping
the shadows and highlights in the Levels window using the CMD+L shortcut. To darken the other areas of the subject without
worrying about losing the outline against the white background, use the Burn tool to
target just the midtones. This allows you to black out the outline of
the subject without having to carefully trace around the edge. Likewise, you can use the Dodge tool to boost
any Highlights to make any areas you don’t want in the mask white. Any areas in the middle can be easily painted
over in black once you have the outline sorted. There will probably be some leftover areas
that just don’t have enough contrast against the background, like the white trainers in
this shot, that will need to be traced manually using with the brush tool, or the pen tool
and filled in with black. Make sure this duplicate channel contains
just black or white, so you have a silhouette of the subject. The mask will capture the black outline while
preserving the really fine details like every strand of hair. Hold the CMD key and click the thumbnail of
this channel to load its selection. Go to Select>Inverse so it just contains
the black portion. Click the RGB channel to bring back the full
colour image, then copy this selection, switch over to the main document and paste in the
clipped portrait picture. Press CMD+T to Transform and scale down the
subject to fit into the mini world. Create a new layer below the person, then
CMD and click on the portrait layer to load the selection again. Fill this selection with black, then press
CMD+D to Deselect. Press CMD+T to Transform, then squash, rotate
and reposition the black layer to represent the person’s shadow. Take note of the lighting of the portrait
picture and place the shadow in the appropriate direction. Change the blending mode to Linear Light,
then reduce the Fill amount to match the tone of the shadow to any existing shadows on the
grassy area in the original photograph. Add a Gaussian Blue of 1-2 pixels to take
the hard edge off this shadow. The shadow will likely extend off the edge
of the planet, so add a layer mask and paint over the unwanted areas with black using a
small brush. The lighting of the panorama image doesn’t
match that of the portrait image because it has been warped around a circle, but we can
make some adjustments to help them blend a little better. Add a new layer and go to Edit>Fill. Choose 50% Gray, then change the blending
mode to Overlay. We’ll use the Burn tool on this layer to darken
portions of the image. Doing this on a 50% gray layer gives you some
control to revert back, whereas burning the original image is more destructive. Darken the bits of the planet in the same
area where the shadows fall on the portrait layer. Reduce the opacity of the layer to tone down
the impact of the burning. As a finishing touch, add a new layer at the
top of the layer stack and fill it with black using the ALT and Backspace shortcut. Go to Filter>Render>Lens Flare and choose
105 Prime. Change the blending mode to Screen to render
the black background transparent, then Transform the layer and position the lens flare to represent
the sun, placing it where the light source should be to cast shadows in the right direction. The final result is a cool mini-world effect
that transforms a basic panorama photograph into a fun and cartoon-like planet. The addition of a super-sized person also
adds to the comical scaling of the effect. If you enjoyed this tutorial be sure to give
the video a thumbs up. Stick around by subscribing to the channel,
or head over to my Spoon Graphics website to see what other tutorials and freebies you
can find. As always thank you very much for watching,
and I’ll see you in the next one.

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