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Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

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Chris Converse

Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Chris Converse

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4. Class Materials
The exercise files contain a series of folders that I think will make it easier to separate out the stages of the workflow. There are folders A, B, C, and D. Folder D contains a copy of the final 360º (spherical panorama) photo, so you will have the final file to dissect and review.

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The exercise files contain a series of folders that I think will make it easier to separate out the stages of the workflow folder A contains the original 3 photo that I shot at the lake. More retreat, as well as the top portion of another 3 60 photo taken on a different day when the sky was less cloudy. And before I move on, I'd like to thank the folks at the lake more retreat for providing me with written permission to use their logo for these videos. Now, the logo that I am providing in the exercise files, however, is a fictitious logo, not the Lake More retreat logo. So you can use this sample logo as you follow along. Or I would encourage you to use your own logo during the course to see how your logo looks displayed in his spherical panorama. And continuing through the files, folders B and C are empty will be adding files to them as we progress through the course. And finally, folder D contains a copy of the final spherical panorama. So once you have the required software install...

ed and a copy of the exercise files, let's continue on and start editing are spherical panorama.

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


Adobe Photoshop CC 2021
Adobe After Effects CC 2021
Ricoh Theta App (optional): 

FREE Basic App for Mac or Windows


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.


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