Make Your 360 Photos LOOK BETTER FAST! Photoshop Tutorial

Make Your 360 Photos LOOK BETTER FAST! Photoshop Tutorial

November 21, 2019 89 By Peter Engel


I have so much I should be doing right
now. I have a content list this long, and this long. Yet, just then, I had the idea.
“Hey, let’s make another video that I hadn’t planned. Just spur-of-the-moment,
spontaneous Photoshop tutorial. Because I’ve been working with a lot of
360 photos lately. I thought it’d be really handy for you guys to learn the
best 360 photo editing tips inside of Adobe Premiere CC 2018, that will save
you a ton of time. So let’s get into it right now. Traditionally, when you edit
360 photos inside of Photoshop, that produce all kinds of errors when
editing the stretched-out equirectangular 2:1 photo, and
that is bad. So there’s a way of editing your photos that will make your changes
look native within that 360 environment, and it doesn’t take long at all. So
I’ve opened up a raw photo from the Mi Sphere here inside of Photoshop, and
here’s what it looks like. It’s looking flat. But, just you wait, I’m gonna edit
this in Adobe camera raw and really bring out its potential. This is one
massive benefit of shooting raw. You can really retain your highlights nicely, get
your shadows looking how they should be, and get a really well-balanced image
that couldn’t have been possible when shooting in normal JPEG mode. Alright
that is looking so good. So I’m gonna go ahead and open image now, which is going
to open in the main Photoshop window. So we see the changes have been made, and
that dynamic range is looking so good. So to view this photo in 360 mode, you’ll
want to go up to 3D and choose the spherical panorama option and new
panorama layer from selected layer. This now brings us into a 3D 360 workspace,
where we can look around our photo like that. And when you use the arrow, it pans
around as you please. The first thing I want to fix about this image is the
Nadir. And you can see the Mi Sphere’s tripod there. It looks ugly, I want that
out of my photo. So the first thing I’m going to do is change my field of view(FOV),
which you can find on the right-hand side, in the properties. And we want to
hit 1 and that will zoom out, so we can properly see our Nadir. Now you can edit the
photo like you would a normal photo. So I’m going to choose the Spot Healing
Brush and I’m just gonna paint this bad boy out.
Bye bye tripod, it was nice knowing you. Now when we select the arrow again and
we zoom up, we can see we’re still in 360 mode and our tripod is gone. Next let’s
add some text to our image so it shows up naturally
within the 360 space. So I’m going to write “BEN IS THE BEST”, and we’ll make
that nice and big just in case there’s any confusion. Let’s have it right there
in the sky. Great, we go apply. So while that has worked when we select our
background layer and move around, it stays in the same spot. So what we want
to do is merge that text layer to the 360 photo. Do that by selecting a text
layer go to layer and merge down. So that now combines it with our 360 photo. You
don’t want to go merge all. Because then, that will remove the 360 properties. But,
you want to go merge down. So, now when we look around, see, “BEN IS THE BEST” stays
there within the 360 space and it adjusts as you pan around. Excellent! Next,
I want to add a graphic. I’m gonna add the Photoshop logo in my hands, so I can
use this as my thumbnail. So I’m going to drag in the Photoshop icon there, and why
don’t we place it right there within my hands. All right, that looks good.
So again, if we select our background layer and pan around, it’s gonna stay in
the same spot, which is why we need to do the same thing again and select our
graphic. and we’ll go layout and merge down. So now, when we look around, see how
the image now moves around within the 360 space as it should. It doesn’t stay
in the middle, and it doesn’t warp either. It stays nice and square. While we’re in
the 360 space, you can access a lot of the same tools as you might use if
you’re editing a normal photo. So, I’m using the eraser here, so you want to get
rid of these wheels, for whatever reason, we want to add white wheels to these
cars. You can do that. And, if you want to change your perspective, again you need
to change back to the arrow. And just for fun, why don’t we do a drawing. I’m gonna
select my brush tool or make it look like I’m doing a fart of fire. That will be
pretty funny. Okay, done. Now again, when we go back to our arrow, everything moves as
it should within the 360 space. You can see the perspective of that drawing I
just did. It moves as I pan around. So that’s how you do all those cool things
within your 360 photo. Of course, you can paint stuff out that you don’t want
there. You can use the stamp tool, you can use the healing tool. Whatever you don’t
like about your photo, just remove it. If you want to see your photo
as an equirectangular, you want to go down into the layers section and we’re
going to double-click spherical map. This opens up a new file up here, and this is
our equirectangular. You’ll see that the Photoshop logo is all skewed now. However,
don’t worry, it’s gonna look normal when we go back into 360 mode. But using this
feature is going to be super handy when color correcting normal JPEGs. Because
this is what’s going to allow us to color correct without getting that
dreaded seam line. It’s not an actual seam line from stitching. Rather, it’s a seam
line from color correction as produced when you use too much saturation, you
play with the contrast and color a bit too much. So if you’re still getting the
seam line, make sure you do your color corrections after you’ve changed to the
spherical map. Once we’re done looking at the spherical map, we can go ahead and
close that, and save. And that will save any changes we make to the original 360
photo we have. One thing you don’t want to do from this point, is go file, save as,
or file export. Because it’s going to export just this single frame here.
Whereas, we want to export it as a 360 panorama. The way you do that, is going
back up to our 3D menu, go spherical panorama and export panorama. And here we
have our final photo. When we take it into a 360 viewer, it’s going to display
nicely, everything is how it should be. Alright guys, I hope this was helpful. If
you have any questions, leave them in the box below. But hopefully, these few things
will take your 360 photos to the next level, and they should definitely help
you out with editing those raw files. I like using Camera raw personally. It’s
super easy to use, and you can use it right there inside of Photoshop. And
that’s 5 o’clock, the sun has gone completely down.
I am disappearing with every second that passes. So on that note, don’t forget to
hit that subscribe button for more awesome 360 photo and video tutorials.
Follow me on Instagram here, Facebook here. Also if you love your 360
photography, check out my ebook. It’s called, “A Beginner’s Guide to Tiny Planet
Photography” and it’ll teach you how to achieve every single tiny planet
effect that you see on my Instagram. Check out the link down there, and
download it today. Until next time, be sure to capture your world in 360. I put
some awesome videos coming up really soon, I know you guys going to love. And,
I’ve got a video course coming out really soon. It’s called, “A Beginner’s
Guide to 360 Video”. I’m working on it now. This is what I should be doing instead
of making this tutorial. A video course will be coming out in the next few weeks,
and It’ll cover everything you need to know about 360 video. And, that’s it! It’s
time I disappear. Bye.