Sunday, February 22, 2009

Glimpse of Cuban solar system

Dancer Planet
Havana Planet
Skyline Planet

I 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.
Elian Planet
Cohiba Planet
Bride & Groom Planet
A 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.
Beach Planet
This planet showing teen-agers on the beach looks kind of strange.

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.
Creating a planet in Photoshop is easy. Here are the steps:
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.


Le Cardinal
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Le Cardinal

Good Job :) especially the cigar.

alongthemalecon said...

Thanks. The "Little Planet" on your blog inspired me. Next time I go back to Cuba, I'm going to shoot some pictures especially composed for planet making. It should be fun...