Create a photo sphere in 5 easy steps

ImageI was asked by my Daughter’s school to create a logo for their Eco-team. I created a photo sphere for them and I am going to share with you how to do it. It is so simple yet so effective, once you have taken the image it only takes about 10 minutes to create. Most of you should have the tools necessary to do this. Here we go:

Step 1: Take a panoramic picture (the easiest way is using a smart phone or the panoramic function on your digital camera.)

Step 2: Download GIMP (It’s free-bonus!) and open your image in GIMP

Step 3: Scale image to square size (Make sure you disconnect the chain as per image)Screenshot 2014-02-12 19.55.21

Step 4: Follow these commands Image->Transform->Rotate 180 degrees

Step 5: And then follow these commands Filter->Distort->Polar Coordinates

Et voila!