Tuesday, February 14, 2012
You'll want to begin by starting with a blank 7" x 7" canvas (2100 x 2100 pixels). Make sure it's also 300 dpi.
Arrange you photos however you like in some sort of grid pattern, focusing your favorites in the center. Once you have your photos arranged to your liking, in the layers display, right click on on any layer, and click flatten image.
Next, on the left hand side, select the circle shape
Go back to your flattened image and click and drag your mouse to create a circle from edge to edge. Once you've done this, Ctrl+Shift+I (press these all at the same time and this will select inverse). You should see the marching ants around your circle AND around your your 7 x 7 image. Click delete. Your image should now look like this:
Now, the fun part! Up at the top of your drop down menus, select FILTER, then DISTORT, then SPHERIZE. Your image should now look like this:
You can stop right there if you like; however, it's cool to have a bit of a reflection of your globe too. To do that, Select your image, then duplicate it (Ctrl+J). Select one of the identical images, and IMAGE, ROTATE, FLIP VERTICAL. Then tweak to your liking (I lowered the layer opacity and used the eraser tool to blend).
Here is my finished layout! I used If the Slipper Fits
If you like, I have also provided a 7 x 7 grid template for you to download, then just follow the steps above. Download HERE
See, easy peasy! If you are inspired to try out this cool technique, please load you layout in the Trixie Scraps Gallery so we can leave you some love! Plus, by creating a layout using Trixie Scraps products, and uploading it to Trixie's Gallery, your layout will be included in our weekly Show Off slide show, and you'll get a prize! It's that simple!
SBC users stay tuned for next week's edition of Tips, Trends & Techniques when Jennifer B. will show you how to do this technique in your program! I hope you learned something new today and thanks for stopping by!