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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 99 of 118

Polar Coordinates


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 99 of 118

Polar Coordinates


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Polar Coordinates

Now let's look at a weird way of bending things. This method is going to create tiny little planets, uh, or tiny little doughnuts. And I'll show you a few examples. If you've ever seen images that looked like this, this that's more the doughnut variety. Those were all created with a filter that is known as polar coordinates. And so I want to show you what you need to do if you want to create one of those little planets. So here, we're going to do it with some lions in order to create something that looks like a planet. We're going to be using the filter called filter distort polar coordinates. And it has two features to us settings when you get into it. Rectangular two, polar in polar to rectangular. I'm gonna use the top option because we're starting out with a rectangular document and it's going to wrap it around now in order to really understand what it's doing. So it's kind of wild what we got here. If you look at it, we now have those lions on the outer edge of this, and we have t...

he trees going in towards the middle, which is pretty crazy, but in order understand it. Let's grab a simple image. Here's my simple image and just noticed that that says top and bottom. And if I choose filter distort polar coordinates and I use that top setting, let's figure out where the top ends up and where the bottom ended up. So you noticed that the top edge of the photograph ended up being the center in the bottom edge of the photograph ended up being the outer edge. And so if we want something to look like a planet, whatever should be out in the atmosphere beyond the planet should be at the bottom of the photograph and whatever should make up. The planet itself should be at the top of the photograph because if you look here, that becomes the center and this needs to be a square in order. Get around planet. If you apply it on a rectangular, eventually get an oval. So if you look at this, didn't I say that I wanted what ever should make up the planet to be at the top of the photograph? So let's go up here and choose image, image, rotation, flip vertical. So now whatever is at the top will become the middle of the planet. Whatever is at the bottom will become the outer edge where it's like the atmosphere around the planet. But if I apply it to this, I can try it real quick. Since it's a rectangular document, we're gonna end up with an oval and I'd rather have it be round. So choose, undo. We just need this document to be around. So I'm gonna go to the image menu and choose image size and usually when you change the width and here the height changes along with it to maintain the aspect ratio original ratio. Well, if you turn off this little link symbol, then it doesn't change in both. So I'm just gonna copy whatever the higher number is. I'm going to paste it with lower number Waas to make this a square. It is going to do that by stretching the image. So if I click OK, now it's stretched. And if I zoom out it's a square document. Then I'm going to apply that filter called polar coordinates. Click OK, and now we have a planet. The only issue with the planet will not the only issue. But the main issue with the planet is there is a seam. Can you see the seam right here? That's where the left edge of the document is touching the right edge of the document. If you want to avoid that scene, choose undo in when you're in. This were about Teoh to apply the filter instead, apply different filter. The filter is called filter other offset Offset is like a conveyor belt. It just means move my picture. Let's say to the right, in whatever part of it goes beyond the edge of the screen haven't wrap around like a conveyor belt. Would is if that was one continuous piece. So when I choose Offset, I just bring up this horizontal setting and it just moves the image to the right. And I'm just exposing the seam right here is the scene. And so at this point, I could come in here and retouch out the seam. I'm not going to spend much time doing that, but I could hear you something like the, um, spot healing brush that's not quite appropriate, but might have to do the top part manually. That looks all right. But now I don't really see a seam in it. And now I could go back and apply the filter. Polar coordinates look OK. And now we have a planet with No, uh, seem. The final thing you might want to do is make around selection in fill the outer area with a solid color, because otherwise, whatever it was right on the edge of the picture right here just gets extended out to the edge of your photograph. And you can fill that in with whatever color you want. Just make a solid ah, round selection. Select inverse to get the opposite see of the corners in fill with whatever you desire. So if you want to see other examples of that same thing, um, let's see this original just flipped and then stretched turns into either this if we put the content at the top of the photograph or if we left it at the bottom of the photograph. You get this instead. But you gotta retouch up the seam. This came from this image here, and this image here produced that. So now you've gotten a pretty good idea of how to warp bend in liquefy images and photo shop and just try to combine these ideas with what we covered in other parts of the ultimate guide. Because I find oftentimes I use a lot of these features when I need to perform complex retouching. Area I copy from in one part of the document doesn't quite fit another and using what was in what's called the Clones source panel to rotate in scale and even flip. Sometimes that isn't enough. And that's when I turned to some of these features in order to really be able to melt my image. And if you watch the advanced retouching lesson, you'll see how I did that using puppet warping. But this is just another installment in Photoshopped. The Complete Guide.

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


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  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
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Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail