Sunday, July 25, 2010

Tulip Trick

Picture above is a nice enough photograph of some tulips. Below is an image I created from that image using a simple Photoshop trick. The effect works great on flowers, but try it on other subjects for a surprising effect. Here's how to do it.

In Photoshop, go to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates > Polar to Rectangular.

Next, go to Image > Rotate > Flip Vertically.

Next, go back to Filter > Distort > Polar Coordinates, but this time click Rectangular to Polar.

That's it. For added fun, play with Hue/Saturation, or change the Image Size to square.

If you like photographing tulips and playing in the digital darkroom, check out the workshop that I am doing in The Netherlands in 2011.

Explore the light,
Rick

3 comments:

Gallow said...

I really like the effect. I'm going to give this a try.

schwaggy said...

you can really come up with some interesting artistic effects with this. i had never even used that filter before today. very cool.

Rob Ahern said...

Finally, a new solution for all my portraits!