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Digital Toolbox: Going Global

Make a panoramic photo your whole world.

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-1.-Import-your-phot

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-1.-Import-your-phot

1. Import your photos into PTGui, or whatever 360-degree panorama-maker you like best, and stitch them together to make one long horizontal image. Follow the instructions that automatically pop up in the software.

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Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-2.-Open-your-image

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-2.-Open-your-image

2. Open your image in Photoshop. If your panorama has a thick, black border around it, hit C on your keyboard to get the Crop tool, and get rid of all the black on the edges.

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Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-4.-Go-to-Filter-D

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-4.-Go-to-Filter-D

4. Go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates. This somewhat obscure filter is your ticket to globalization.

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Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-5.-Depending-on-how

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-5.-Depending-on-how

5. Depending on how fast your computer is, and how large an image you're rounding out, it may take some time to process. Make sure Rectangular to Polar is selected, then click OK.

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Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-6.-Now-you-have-som

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-6.-Now-you-have-som

6. Now you have something that looks sort of like a globe, albeit one that was stepped on by a giant. That's easy to fix. To get started, go to Select > All.

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Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-7.-Next-choose-Edi

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-7.-Next-choose-Edi

7. Next, choose Edit > Free Transform. That will give you handles on all sides of your image so you can change its shape.Photo by Ben Frederick

Photo By Ben Frederick

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-8.-Grab-the-handle

Digital-Toolbox-Going-Global-8.-Grab-the-handle

8. Grab the handle on the left side and drag it right until your oval becomes a circle. You'll be left with some white, so crop it out to finish your global image.

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