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.
Really nice tutorial, thanks for sharing , much appreciated this effort, Loved it
a simple, direct, practical tutorial. A total success the final result after following your instructions. I am very grateful. So much that if you, want I can help you translate it into Spanish (Latin American) because the Google translator is really bad hahaha
any how, thank you again. rich blessings
Hi Edo! Thank you for this great tutorial. Instructions were easy (even though I have english Photoshop) and the solution is quick. I have literally hundreds of 360’s to add my logo to, I will attempt to do a ‘Batch Run’ in Photoshop.
I have recently started with 360 photography and its really fun. My first camera was and LG360 and it is ‘ok’ but the quality lacks. I recently got a GoPro Fusion and wow – what a toy!. You can see my portfolio if you go to 24pillows.co.za – all 360’s on here were taken with LG360. I have not published any GoPro fusion 360’s, yet.
Take Care and thanks again