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Little Planet Tutorial

Here are some quick steps on how to make a little planet

1. Shoot your panorama 360 degree or 180 degree. (its easier if the ends are similar you wont need to clone as much)

2. Stitch it together in Photoshop or another Panorama program

First Rocky Pano

3. In Photoshop the image needs to be flattened so if you want to keep your layers make a duplicate copy

4. Under Image/Image Size uncheck scale styles and constrain proportions now make the height and width the same size try and split the difference so that your making width less and height more so they are equal. hit ok. ( your going to have a a squished image that looks funny that’s ok)
First Rocky Planet squished

5 Go to image/image rotation and rotate 180 so its upside down

6. Go to filter/distort/polar coordinates and choose rectangular to polar

7. From here you can rotate it if need be and mask out or clone any parts that are not perfect

I hope you have found this tutorial helpful

Government Dock Little Planet


  1. Great tutorial, I’m going to have to try this one out!

  2. This looks really good Brian. Great instructions.

  3. I’m gonna have to give this a try … thanks for posting it =)

  4. Nice tutorial Brian… will give this one a go eventually.

  5. What a cool concept. Thanks for sharing.

    Mary Bortz, M. Photog, CPP

  6. Great tutorial, excited to try this out!

  7. THANK YOU so much for for sharing this! I can’t wait to play!

  8. Cristin Emrick

    So cool!

  9. What a neat idea, definitely going to try that!

  10. Looks like a fun experiment to try when I have some down time. Thanks for the little tutorial!

  11. Such a cool tutorial! Thanks!

  12. Beverly Williams

    awesome post! love it!

  13. Rachel brenke

    Love it!

  14. awesome! well written and easy to follow. I can’t wait to try it myself.
    thanks Brian.

  15. I’ve seen these before, but I didn’t realise they were quite so simple to make. Will try this, thanks.

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