Connie Reinhart  

Special Effect - Polar Coordinates by Connie Reinhart

July 2021 - Special Effect - Polar Coordinates

July 2021 - Connie Reinhart


July 2021 - Connie Reinhart

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About the Image(s)

I use a lot of filters, but Have no particular favorite, just whatever works for a specific image. I was going to do NIK Silver Effects, but that is already taken. It is my favorite for B&W conversion. So here is something different. I included another final result.

In PS under filter/distort is something called polar coordinates. This was demonstrated in a webinar. What fun! This kept me busy for 3 days. First, resize your image to a square (by cropping or resizing without constraining proportions). Then apply polar coordinates. The result is rather strange, but one half of the image will be more intriguing than the other. Copy and paste that half and align to make mirror images of the two halves. That’s it. How the original square is oriented makes a big difference in the outcome, do some experimenting. There will be no top or bottom to the resulting picture. However, this gets old after 3 days. All the images begin to look like faces or the letter ā€œCā€. Adding a real subject helps. It would be easy to over-use these images. They can be used as frames, perhaps for a unique greeting card design. TWO RESULTS - This particular image became a straw hat with a big bow. I added the flower to make it look more like a hat. Another result looked like a record, so I added a stream of music notes.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
9 comments posted

Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
Isn't amazing the results we can create with polar coordinates. This is a lovely image. Kudos to your creative imagination and wonderful result.   Posted: 07/04/2021 15:22:21
Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
I must have 20 or so images in the polar coordinates file. They really are beautiful and surprizing, if repetitious. The original of the 'record' was a mirrored tray with a gold rim, reflection of an ivy plant hanging over it. There was also an onion on the tray. It looked wierd after swirling, so that area did not get copied.   Posted: 07/11/2021 10:30:51

Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
You did wonders with polar coordinates! I've never been able to do that! I especially like the fact you added other elements to complete a creation. I think it's great to have such special techniques to make out-of-the-ordinary, not run-of-the-mill images. Your final results sure look worth all the things you compiled.   Posted: 07/18/2021 14:28:57

Ally Green   Ally Green
I am very impressed with your creativity! You have certainly found a niche...what intriguing photos and by the sounds of things you enjoyed creating these special techniques. I really liked your hat (original 2)...the colours and the textures really stand out. Great job and thanks for sharing.   Posted: 07/18/2021 15:47:12

Gavin Tow   Gavin Tow
That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing. I have never tried polar coordinates on anything before. I tried on just a random image. I may also have to check out the webinar (if available. they usually are).   Posted: 07/19/2021 18:47:15

Barbara Kuebler   Barbara Kuebler
I love using polar coordinates. Connie, this is beautiful. The addition of the green leaves and notes compliment the colors of the original. I prefer that image to the one with the flower.   Posted: 07/20/2021 10:38:57

Walter Ross   Walter Ross
An option I have never used or even considered, that webinar was most definitely put to good use. I always feel like I fail whenever I try to go too far into the abstract realm so I appreciate those that make the attempt and do so successfully. Thanks for sharing and highlighting a new potential tool to add to our repertoire.   Posted: 07/20/2021 22:02:30

Connie Reinhart   Connie Reinhart
Thank you for your nice comments about my creativity. But all the work is done by the polar coordinates filter. After that, each image begins to look just like the previous one. They are beautiful frames that need a center of interest.   Posted: 07/21/2021 15:55:51
Carole Kropscot   Carole Kropscot
We are admiring how well you created a center of interest!!!   Posted: 07/31/2021 19:49:16