Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Exploding planet

With this tutorial, we will be working photos of dried cracked mud, so go to Google images and search for "dried mud" or "cracked mud". It works best on pictures with birds eye view (direct view from top) so we can see the cracks. Alternatively, you can use any of the images below. Please note that the steps may differ if your image is significantly different to the one im using in this tutorial, so experiment :) 

I'll be working on the 2nd image. Base on that image, I start a new document 640x480.
Now open the mud image up, on the dirt image, do a CTRL+A to select all, then go to the new document you just created and press CTRL+V to paste the image.

Now, while you still got your selection, go to SELECT » INVERSE again to select the shape.
Now go to Filter » Distort » Spherize. Set amount to 100%. Then do it again, this time, 50%. You can now deselect.
Now, lets fill the background layer (the layer underneath the mud layer) with black.
Then go to Layer » Flatten Image
Now go to Filter » Sharpen » unsharp Mask.

Amount: 500%. Radius: 1.7px. Threshold: 122 levels



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