Editing 360 photography: How to replace your tripod with a custom logo in Photoshop!
Hi reader of my blog. Welcome to my second post.
I started of last year with 360 photography with my Ricoh Theta S. I know, it doesn’t deliver the best image quality out there, but it is still a great camera for a number of uses and to start 360 photography with.
One of the struggles I faced was the tripod on the bottom of my photo (the nadir). I wanted to use my own logo, for marketing purposes. Since the Ricoh Theta produces an equirectangular image it was not as easy as I thought it would be. I figured there had to be a way in Photoshop to do this. But after searching the internet, watching youtube tutorials and asking around on different forums, I still hadn’t found it.
So, I starting experimenting with the info I did find and after some trial and error I found an easy and straightforward way to replace your tripod with a custom logo. Since I’m probably not the only one struggling with this I thought I’d share this with you.
(My Photoshop is in Dutch, but you’ll get it. Otherwise you can always contact me if you’ve got any questions)
- Lets start by opening a 360 photo.
- Create a new file with a square canvas. I always create a 1000 x 1000 px file, but the exact size is up to you depending on the size of your 360 photo.
- I always use a white background, but it depends on the logo offcourse.
- Place your custom logo in the center of your newly created canvas.
- Your screen should look like this.
Rotate and Filter
- Select the layer with your custom logo.
- Choose Rotate Canvas Vertically
- Next up is to distort the logo to fit in a 360 photo.
- Choose ‘Filter’ > ‘Distort’ > ‘Polar Coordinates’
- Choose ‘Polar to rectangular’
- Your logo will look like this now.
- And the last step of editing your logo is to rotate the Canvas again vertically the same as you did a few steps back, making the finished result look like this.
- To get the logo onto my 360 (ecquirectangular image) is use the ‘duplicate layer’ command in the ‘Layer’ menu or in the right click menu.
- Duplicate the layer to your 360 image which you opened in the first step.
- This is what the result should be.
- The only thing to do left is to resize your logo to cover up your tripod. Don’t worry about resizing and altering dimensions. It will al work out fine in a 360 viewer.
- There we go, a covered up tripod.
- Don’t forget to save your file as a jpeg to use it in 360 viewers or for example Facebook.
- I use the Ricoh Theta viewer and the final result looks like this.
And offcourse the final result in 360.
Thanks for reading. I hope this was helpfull for all of you. Please leave your comments and don’t forget to like and share. If you’ve got any questions left, please leave a comment and I will be happy to assist.