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Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Lesson 6 of 14

Seamless Tripod Removal

Chris Converse

Editing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop & After Effects

Chris Converse

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Lesson Info

6. Seamless Tripod Removal
Let’s go to Folder B and open the lakemore_retreat_tripod_export.psd we just saved in Photoshop. Let’s remove the group layers and create a new layer. Now we’ll use the Spot Healing brush and remove the table and tripod. Create a new layer called ‘retouched’ so we can update it at any time. Be careful not to touch any pixels on the edge. We will come back to that later.

Lesson Info

Seamless Tripod Removal

Mhm. Now in our exercise files in folder B. We have a new Photoshop file that we got from After effects. So let's open this up in Photoshop in the layers panel, we'll see a folder corresponding to each one of the compositions that was in the original After Effects composition when we exported this. So I'm simply gonna come in here and remove these folders. Can it command shift G. On the Mac or control shift key in windows. Mhm. Just remove the groups. Now let's create a new layer, the bottom of the layers panel, click new layer, We'll name this, retouched with this layer selected. Let's go to the toolbar, let's select the spot healing brush. Make sure that you have sample all layers turned on as well. And then let's come over to the canvas and click and draw an area that will encompass the entire tripod and table and the shadow of the camera. Once you have that area painted out, let go with the mouse. And then Photoshop will heal that entire area. It will replace the tripod and the tab...

le. Everything inside of that painted area with samples from the surrounding area which is all the grass. So we want to make sure inside of this file that we don't touch any of the pixels on the edges. This particular tile will seamlessly fit back into the sphere. So before we leave Photoshop I'll make my brush a little bit smaller. I'm going to take up that leaf down there and spot he'll a few other areas. We're going to take out this access panel that's in the ground but we're going to do that a little bit later on again, we don't want to touch any of the edge pixels in this Photoshop file. So back in the layers panel, All of our edits are now on this retouched layer so we can always come back and make changes if we need to. So I'll leave both layers on, come up to the file menu and come down and choose save. Then we'll close the Photoshop file. So now we've modified this Photoshop file to remove the tripod on that separate layer. So next we'll reimport this Photoshop file back into our after effects composition and replace the existing tripod in the current camera view.

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.


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