How to Create a Small World: A Photoshop Tutorial

Have you seen those "small world" photos in magazines or the internet? Most of them have people holding hands around a small world.

I've always wondered how these photos are made, and very recently, I learned how to do them. So I'm going to share with you this fun Photoshop trick.  Then you can enter the world of the Little Prince where you can watch 44 sunsets everday!

Are you game?

small world asteroid bpa-04
small world asteroid bpa-04

How to Create a Small World in Photoshop

  • Select a photo that you would like to convert to a "small world". The best photos to use are your seascapes and landscapes that have similar left and right sides. You can of course use other photos but they may be harder to work with. It's always better to start with something easy so you will feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • Once you've chosen your photo, open it in Photoshop
  • Check if the horizon of your photo is straight. If it's not straight, then straighten it first. I usually use Picasa to straighten my photos because I find it easier to use than Photoshop.
  • Once you have finished your preliminary preparations, crop the photo in such a way that the width is about 1/3 times longer than the height.
  • Check out the photo below.

cropped photo
cropped photo
  • Resize your photo to a square. You can do this by clicking on image > image size. Uncheck the constraints box and copy the width numbers to the space for length. Now you have a square photo. It should look like the photo below.

square photo
square photo

At this point, don't worry if your photo looks rather weird like you just used a funny mirror. This has a purpose of course.

  • Click again on image > image rotation >  180 degrees

photo rotated 180 degrees
photo rotated 180 degrees
  • Click on filter > distort > polar coordinates and viola, you have your small world!

finished small world
finished small world
  • If the seams of your photo need some refining or cleaning up, you can use healing brush, or patch, or clone tools.

Now you have your photo ready to display. You can play around with it and maybe even change the color as what I did to the photo below.


an original blue colored photo change to a yellow one by using gradient filter
an original blue colored photo change to a yellow one by using gradient filter

So you got your small world now! Are you ready to join the world of the Little Prince in asteroid B 612?

I really wish I could because I'd love to be able to see and photograph 44 sunsets everyday!

More Small Worlds Created in Photoshop

coconut asteroid small world
coconut asteroid small world
sailboat with sunset small world
sailboat with sunset small world

"But on your tiny planet, my little prince, all you need to do is move your chair a few steps. You can see the day end and the twilight falling whenever you like."The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Is this the Little Prince's asteroid B-612? It sure looks like it's filled with sunsets
Is this the Little Prince's asteroid B-612? It sure looks like it's filled with sunsets

I hope you enjoyed and learned from this simple tutorial.

Why don't you start making your own small world? Make it the way you want it to be and color it with your favorite color. How about it?

Small world for little people
Small world for little people

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Comments 52 comments

coffeesnob 5 years ago

You are soooo good at what you do. I loved this. thanks for sharing it!

CS


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Carol,

It's great to see you! Thanks for firing the opening salvo.

I so love your comment.

God bless!


 5 years ago

Wonderfula nd impressive stuff :-)


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Thank you for sharing Jill, I downloaded a trial photoshop and felt lost...a friend told me to down load Digital Image Suite 2006 and there were plenty of videos to assist in at least a clue of what to do...lol


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi,

You did not leave a name, so I don't know how to call you. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and leaving an upbeat comment!

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Fossillady,

It's nice to see you again!

Don't worry, it took me a while to get going in Photoshop. I also had to watch many tutorials and read many tips before I was able to get a grasps of things. There are still so many things I don't know. I just enjoy learning and sharing what I learned.

Thanks again!

God bless!


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

Hi Jill:

Thanks for the photoshop lesson. I'm going to try this sometime. I use photoshop to create those cute little breakers that I sometimes insert into my hubs.

Tammy


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Tammy,

You are most welcome! You should try it, it's really fun!

Yes, I remember your cute breakers in your hubs.

I'm happy that you decided to stop by. Thanks very much!

God bless!


TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jill! Another great hub! I love this effect. I saw a similar effect on another site and thought to give it a try. ... And then I saw your hub. Thanks!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

Very cool - thanks for sharing this I love photoshop one more thing for me to try.....:)


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anglnwu 5 years ago

This is totally cool. I love what you can do to the pictures. I'm not familiar with photoshop but hope to learn it one day...hopefully this summer, when the kids are off school. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent and rated up.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Taj,

You are most welcome! I love sharing what I learn as I go through my photography adventure. It's always fun to learn something new.

Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you can make use of this.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Whidbeywriter,

That's great! I love discovering the many uses of Photoshop. Then I also love to share what I learn.

Thanks for your visit and wonderful comment!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Anglnwu,

It's nice to see you my friend. I'm happy that you enjoyed this. I love learning and discovering the many things you can do with Photoshop. You should really try it one of this days.

Thanks for dropping by.

God bless!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi, your skills never cease to amaze me. Your love for photgraphy and your passion for your subjects shine through in all you do. Thank you.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Dave,

Thank you very much for your kind words. You just made my day!

I will surely miss you, but we still have RG to get in touch with each other.

God bless!


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Jill

I love this article, I have now created my own small world, it's so much fun, I could play with this for hours. Many thanks.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Movie Master,

That's great to know! I'm happy that you are having fun with this.

You are most welcome. The pleasure is mine!

God bless!


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dukeny21 5 years ago

Fun info. Thanks for sharing!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Dukeny,

Thanks very much! I'm happy that you enjoyed this.

God bless!


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Cheeky Girl 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Just a cool and awesome hub on Photoshop, my favorite art software in the whole world! :)


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Cheeky Girl,

Thanks very much! I'm happy that you enjoyed this!

God bless!


paulgc 5 years ago

Photoshop is an amazing piece of software and you have done well to demonstrate a small portion of what photoshop has to offer.

I have tried this technique on many occasions in the past and have had some good results.

good work, well done.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Paul,

Thank you very much!

You are right, I am just discovering the many functions of Photoshop and I enjoy sharing what I discover. I'm afraid though that I haven't even scratched the surface yet.

Thanks once again! See you around!

God bless!


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b. Malin 5 years ago

It's Amazing what we learn when we visit one another...Thank you for teaching and sharing your views on "Photoshop" Jill.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello b.Malin,

It's nice to see you!

Welcome! It's my pleasure! I love sharing what I learn.

Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment!

God bless!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Jill of alltrades, Amazing! You are truly gifted! Thank you for sharing your professional expertise and knowledge of "photoshop" editing! In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi DeBorrah,

I'm so happy to see you again!

I just enjoy playing around with Photoshop and then sharing what I learn. I guess it is the teacher in me. I'm not a professional at all but I profess what I love to do. Hahaha!

Your comments always make me happy and this one is no exception. Thank you very much!

God bless!


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Cashbackshopper 5 years ago

Awesome tutorial I'm going to try this with some of my photographs


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Cashbackshopper,

Thanks very much for your wonderful comment! I'm looking forward to seeing your small world creations! Go, try it, it's fun!

God bless!


Susieq42 5 years ago

I wish I had photoshop! This is a very cool tutorial. Love it! Thank you.


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Cashbackshopper,

Yes, do try it, it's fun and easy.

Thanks very much for your visit and lovely comment.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Susie,

I am very happy that you think this is a cool tutorial. Thank you very much.

I am not familiar with other photo editing software, so I don't know if you can also use them to make this small world. I suppose you can if it has a "distort", "polar coordinate" program in it. Resizing is of course found in all photo editing programs.

Anyway, I hope you can really try it. It's fun and easy.

God bless!


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molometer 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, England

Great blog informative and useful.thanks.


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Kim M Gregory 4 years ago from The Coast of The South Carolina Lowcountry

This is an awesome article!!!! I can't wait to try all the steps and set up a photo of my own...thanks so much for writing this article.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Molometer,

Thank you very much for visiting and leaving a wonderful comment! I am happy that you found this useful and useful.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Kim,

Thank you for your beautiful comment! I can't wait to see your small world creations. Please tell once you have made them.

I am always happy to share what I know and what I enjoy doing.

God bless!


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Amazing...can't wait to share it with 2 of my sons...I bet they would love the "small world"...thanks again for the sharing jill...blessings...


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Injured lamb,

Wow, I'm as excited as you about your sharing this with your sons. Please tell me how it went and if they enjoyed doing their small world.

Thank you so much for dropping by and leaving this inspiring comment. I always love sharing what I enjoy doing.

God bless!


masmasika 4 years ago

Another great hub. Wish I could be as good as you in photography. Thanks for sharing.


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Masmasika,

Thanks once again for your visit and wonderful comment! You can be as good or even better, that's for sure! Just keep on taking photos!

You are most welcome! It's my pleasure!

God bless!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

As always, I have come away having enjoyed myself immensely while learning something new in the process.

I have rated you up and hit the useful, interesting and beautiful buttons and if there had have been a button for inspirational I would have hit that as I have gone away inspired by your hub to try this out.

I will be back I love your hubs, Redbubble and RedGage thanks for sharing. :)


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Maggs,

It's so nice to see you!

I'm really happy if you learned something new from this hub especially since you are such an accomplished photographer already.

I'm happy too that we share several venues like RG and RB, HP and Twitter. It's so much more fun this way.

Thanks so much Maggs!

God bless!


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Robin Anderson 4 years ago from United States

OK -- COOL!!! I saw this a month ago, and didn't stop to read the hub, that was a mistake. I love this technique, and will definitely try it. THANKS!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi Robin,

Thank you very much for your visit and wonderful comment. I really hope you will try this. I'm eager to see your small world creations!

You are most welcome. It's really my pleasure! I'm just happy to share what I love to do with my photography.

God bless!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Marititina,

You are most welcome! It's my pleasure really! I enjoy sharing what I love doing!

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you will be able to use this!

God bless!


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Doru Buzea 4 years ago from Brasov, Romania

Nice!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Doru,

Thanks very much!


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tiltshift 4 years ago from Merryland

Neat trick!


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hi tiltshift,

Thanks! It's really fun to do. You should try it!

God bless!


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jamila sahar 4 years ago

greetings from pinterest ! i love your pictures, absolutely gorgeous !

fantastic hub ! my husband loves photography so i will share this with him many thanks voted up & useful !


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jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines Author

Hello Jamila,

Thank you so much for your inspiring comment!

I'm happy to know that your husband loves photography! He is a kindred spirit! Maybe he should also share his pictures here.

Hope to see you again!

God bless!

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