Skyline PlanetI confess I have found yet another way to waste time. Find a photo you like and use Adobe Photoshop or another program to create a planet.I created the planets on this page after spotting David Le Cardinal's recent post displaying a Little Planet he created.
Bride & Groom PlanetA just-married couple cruising along the Malecon in an old American car. This planet didn't work out as well. Too much concrete, not enough water.
Creating a planet in Photoshop is easy. Here are the steps:
The photo of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, above, was used to create the photo illustration below. This isn't an ideal photo. Panoramic shots work much better. Look for photos that are at least two times as wide as they are tall.
1. Pick a panoramic photo. Select Image, then Image Size and turn the picture into a square image. Length should equal width.
2. Rotate the image 180 degrees.
3. Select Filters, then Distort, then Polar Coordinates. That's it, you should have your very own planet.A detailed tutorial on creating planets is here.
A gallery of planets on Flickr is here.