Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Will It Go Round In Circles?


My friend Jennifer Bracewell has just asked how to make circle-shaped images so I thought I'd put together a quick tutorial. Amazingly for me, we're going to use just two apps ( I know, please don't faint!)


First, you'll need a square-cropped photograph. I've recently become addicted to Instagram and this has led me to take a lot of square-format photographs with apps such as Hipstamatic, Format 126 and Lomora 2. For this tutorial, I'm going to be working with such a photograph, that has already been through the processing mill, so you'll need to imagine its rectangulariness!


So, first we're going to import this ahem, imaginary rectangular photograph into a cropping app. There are lots that do this but my weapon of choice is still Photogene


After importing our photograph, it will open in this screen...



Choose the scissor (crop) icon and select 1:1
Grab one if the little corner dots and pull out to enlarge the cropping area. Move the highlighted square around to determine the precise area of the crop.




When you're happy with the crop, select the tick button at the bottom left hand corner of the screen




In the DONE window, save your cropped photograph.

Next, Import the square format photo into Tiffen's PhotoFX


Select LENS FX from the menu at the bottom of the screen


Select VIGNETTE...


Here, I've selected BLACK CIRCLE from the Vignette menu...



Photo FX automatically presents a preview of the photo vignetted with a 50 percent blurred edge: pretty, but not quite the desired effect. Moving the SOFTNESS slider to the far left gives the the hard-edged look we're after...


Of course, because I like to play, I can't resist trying another option, so let's hit the UNDO button(bottom far left) to return to the VIGNETTE menu. Select WHITE CIRCLE...


I'm thinking frosty-edged Christmas cards here!
Here's how it looks with a harder edge:


There you go Jen, Have fun!
And here are two more versions of this image, recently posted to my Flickr stream...



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10 comments:

La Dolce Vita said...

you are so techno savy... something I am not... but I love your circle photo... xx

Jennifer Bracewell said...

Nettie, you rock!! Thank you my dear!
xxx

Kimberly said...

completely cool!

Catherine said...

This is great!! I think I may have to get the PhotoFX app now!

suzé said...

Love the paper borders on the last two! Is that an app or your own textures? I've been looking formld paper border apps forever and aside from Jixipix apps and Scratchcam, have not been successful. Thanks for sharing how you created the circles. Exquisite.

suzé said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I especially love the last two as they have the paper borders. Is this an app or are these your paper images? I ask as I have searched in vain for paper border apps but have yet to be successful.
Just exquisite.

LauraX said...

so cool!!!

deb said...

every time I stop by my lust for an i-phone increases. of course I am a bad photographer but it all looks like such fun!!

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Gaby xo

Marie Z. Johansen said...

Thanks so much for sharing this technique! I'm so pleased to have found your blog through your Somerset article - which was excellent!

I've become addicted to IPhoneography - seldom use the phone part but I love the digital part! I can't find the Picture Pro app ... any alternative suggestions?