Create Your Own Tiny World
Tiny Worlds are a fun twist on your landscape or panorama shots that can give your image an exciting new look. They are easy to create and add such a unique look to your photography.
I’ve made a few Tiny Worlds so far (check them out in my Portfolio), and I’m always keen to see how a beautiful panorama can turn out.
Follow the steps below and create your own!
Step One: Open in Photoshop
Open the image you would like to turn into a miniature world or planet in Photoshop. I’ve chosen a panoramic shot of Adelaide that I took at sunset. If you can, it’s best to select a photo where the horizon is level on each side.
Step Two: Resize image
Select Image > Image Size and then uncheck the ‘link’ next to the width and height boxes. This will allow you to change the height on its own (you do not want the width to change in accordance to the height).
Edit the height box to be the same size as the width box. You will then have a square image.
Step Three: Sky Gradient
Click on the Foreground Colour Picker to select a foreground colour for your sky. This will allow the surrounding sky around your Tiny World to be smooth avoid looking stretched. Select any part of the sky that you would like to use for your sky gradient.
Select the Gradient Tool and set the left and right colour sliders to match the dominant sky colour. Set the left-hand opacity slider to 100% and the right-hand one to 0%.
You may need to select the sky if you have a tall building in the image. This is so the gradient does not cover any taller buildings and make the image look cut off.
Step Four: Rotate the image
To make sure the Tiny World warps the right way, you will need to flip it upside down.
Select Image > Image Rotation > 180°
Step Five: Apply Polar Coordinates filter
Now the magic starts! Select Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates
Your image should warp into a Tiny World like this:
Step Six: Blend the edges
You’ll find that your Tiny World will have a visible line down the top-middle half. You can select the Healing Brush Tool to blend the image.
After blending, rotate the image to the angle you would like. I prefer having the tallest point of the image at the top of the Tiny World.
Finally: Edit in Photoshop
You can use the editing tools in Photoshop to tweak your final product. I’ve made a few adjustments to my final image below.
I’d love to see your Tiny World! Share your images on the pRIOnts Facebook page.