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Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

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Adding A Logo

Chris Converse

Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Chris Converse

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12. Adding A Logo
We’ll be adding a 2D logo to our spherical image. You have a sample logo to place or use your own logo to see how it would look in a spherical panoramic. The Lakemore logo is not included. Saving this file is a bit different since we applied an effect to an adjustment layer and it won’t translate back to Photoshop layers. So go to Save Frame As > File > Main Options > JPEG Sequence.

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Adding A Logo

So now we're ready to add a logo into our spherical panorama. So let's switch back to our project panel. Next let's go to the file menu. Let's come down to import choose file and from the exercise files. Let's go into folder A and let's choose logo dot PNG. Now, as I mentioned before, we're not including the lake more retreat logo in this particular course we have a sample logo instead. However, I would encourage you to use your own logo so you can see how your branding looks inside of the sphere. So once you have a logo selected, let's come down and choose. Open. Yeah, next let's go to the window menu. Let's come down and activate DVR competitor. Let's click add to the edit for the composition. Let's choose Blakemore retreat, modified for the comp with Let's bring this up to about pixels and then click add to the edit. And just like before if you get the Gpu effects error, click ignore. Change your resolution in both the edit and the output to half switch over to output, click ignore...

. I'll set this one to half as well. Now I can click between the two. Let's close the VR competitor And in the edit one composition. Let's come up and click the unified camera tool. Let's click in pan. I want to view the bottom of the sphere where we remove the tripod. Next I'll switch to my selection tool, then back to the project panel. Let's grab logo dot ping, drag and drop this into place. We want to make sure that the logo doesn't touch any of the edges so I come in here and just scale us a little bit. Also going to rotate this down in the timeline panel. Let's toggle open the properties for logo topping. Let's toggle open transform. Let's find rotation. Let's click and drag on the numbers. Just rotate this a little bit. Somewhere around 21°.. Close up transform. Next let's add an outer glow just to make this a little bit more visible against the grass. So let's right click on logo dot ping. Let's choose layer styles, choose outer glow and this works just like outer glow inside Photoshop. So let's toggle open the properties for outer glow down in the timeline panel. For the blending mode let's come up and choose linear burn, scroll down For the size. Let's set this to about 20 hit tab for the spread. We'll set this to 10%. Yeah, a tab again, Scroll up a little bit, but the opacity, we're gonna set this to 10 and then for color, let's click on the color swatch. Next, we'll select the eyedropper inside of this dialog box. Let's go my parents select a medium green, just like this a little bit. Then she was okay then. I'll just come in here and toggle these properties closed. Mhm. Let's go back to the composition. I'm just gonna scale this up just a little bit and then with that in place, let's go back to the lake, more retreat, output composition. And now we can see our logo distorted to fit into our unwrapped panorama. And now at this point to save out our final panorama, we're going to need to use the render queue regardless of whether you can see the full resolution or not. This is because we applied an effect to an adjustment layer and that's a technique that's not supported inside of Photoshop. And besides, we can render out the final jpeg from the render queue. So from inside of the output composition, let's go up to the composition menu. Come down to say frame as choose file. For output module, click on Photoshop. Let's change this to jpeg sequence. Then inside of the video output section, click on format options. Let's bring this up to about equality of nine click OK, click OK again. Next click on the output file. Let's choose the desktop and we're going to save this as like more retreat dot jpeg. Mhm. Then she's safe and then we'll come down here and click render and now with our final jpeg on the desktop. Next, we'll make sure that we have the proper metadata inside so we can share this on social media.

Class Description


  • Get a brief introduction to After Effects (from a Photoshop perspective)
  • Work non-destructively with linked layered Photoshop files
  • Seamlessly remove elements from a 360º photo
  • Create adjustments without causing a ‘seam’ in the final composite
  • Introduce 2D artwork (including logos) without distortion
  • Add special effects including a sunrise and sky replacement


As 360º photos continue to grow in popularity, especially in social media and hospitality industries, the next logical step is to begin editing and enhancing these images just as you do with traditional photography. The challenge is, however, that these are not flat images. As images are “unwrapped” in photo editing tools, we need to use alternate workflows for editing and compositing these types of photos.

This course will show you a step-by-step, non-destructive process, for masking out your tripod, applying 2-dimensional artwork, retouching, and color adjustments, as well as adding special effects to your image.


  • Photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Interaction Designers
  • VR Designers


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Chris has over 25 years of experience in graphic design, interactive and animated media, with a unique focus on both design and development. Chris possesses development skills across such languages as PHP, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and MySQL, making his design execution optimal across various media, screen sizes, and device capabilities. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 225 industry-related events and conferences, including the NAB, Adobe MAX, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week, and Adobe Video World.

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Rex Maximilian

In Lesson 8 I would highly recommend grouping the layers into a folder named "Components," then duplicate it and turn the duplicate into a smart layer. Then rename the smart layer "Composite," or something like that. Then turn off the group of layers leaving only the composite layer displayed. This way the files remains editable for future lawn/image cleaning. The way the instructor did it would delete all of the layers for potential future editing.

Miguel Marnoto