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Retouching and Compositing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop

Lesson 8 of 17

Use a Smart Object to Apply Camera RAW Adjustments

Chris Converse

Retouching and Compositing 360 Degree Photos in Photoshop

Chris Converse

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8. Use a Smart Object to Apply Camera RAW Adjustments
Wrap all layers and groups into a Smart Object for easier editing and global control over color adjustments


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1 Class Introduction Duration:04:44
2 Shooting a 360º photo Duration:01:19
3 About the Class Materials Duration:03:07
4 Viewing 360º Photos Duration:02:00
5 Beginning the Project Duration:03:08
6 Removing Chris and Joe Duration:04:44
7 Removing Additional People Duration:03:18
10 Removing the Tripod Duration:05:41
11 Adding a Logo Duration:04:26
12 Adding the Hours of Operation Duration:03:21
13 Exporting a 360º Photo Duration:02:41
14 Re-centering your 360º Photo Duration:05:03
15 Bonus Photos Duration:04:03
16 Where to Use Your 360º Photo Duration:02:35
17 Conclusion Duration:01:15

Lesson Info

Use a Smart Object to Apply Camera RAW Adjustments

Class Description


  • Work non-destructively with linked Smart Objects and 3D Textures.
  • Seamlessly remove elements from a 360º photo.
  • Create adjustments without causing a ‘seam’ in the final composite.
  • Techniques for removing yourself (and others) from a 360 shoot.
  • Introduce 2D artwork (including logos) without distortion.


VR photography is here, right now. Billions of people are rotating and exploring 360º photos in Facebook, Google Streetview, hotel and resort websites, and automotive sales apps.

So, what’s missing? Retouching and branding!

Learn to seamlessly remove the tripod and introduce new artwork into your 360º (VR) photos — without leaving Photoshop. Learn how to edit, enhance, and augment this engaging photographic experience with custom branding and retouching techniques using the Spherical Panorama and 3D tools inside of Photoshop. We'll also cover some shooting tips and workflows for removing yourself and others from a shot, combining bracketed photos together, and mapping 2D artwork into the 3D spherical environment.


  • Photo retouchers and compositors
  • Real Estate, Hotel, Resort, and Restaurant photographers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Product photographers (automotive, interior design, virtual tours)


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